Leftists aren’t just melting together on Twitter over Elon’s purchase of the social media site. They’re also taking to the airwaves, furious at the idea that Elon’s Twitter might not be censored to the same degree as the social media site has been in the past.
Among those panicking leftists is MSNBC “The Beat” host Ari Melber. He delivered a lengthy Monday monologue about Musk’s Twitter takeover, then warned so deafly that it seemed like it must have been satirical, but it really wasn’t. Here’s what he said:
“It’s true if you’re a democracy like the United States that regulated media ownership and says Rupert Murdoch can’t have too many local TV stations and newspapers in one city, they have laws for that that are still on the books but Congress does hasn’t gotten to the point of limiting whether someone can own all of Twitter.
“And like we discussed … if you own Twitter or Facebook or whatever, you don’t have to explain yourself. They don’t even have to be transparent.”
Ah, so now the oligarchy counts. What about Bezos, who owns the Washington Post? What about Bill Gates and Microsoft or Mark Zuckerberg controlling Facebook? What about the left dominance of the MSM? These leftists control big corporations, doesn’t it matter?
Not for Ari, because these people do what he wants and crack down on conservative views to protect the left.
That’s when Ari got to his most idiotic point, which is actually saying something, clutching his beads and worrying about political candidates being censored:
“YThey could secretly exclude a party’s candidate or all of its candidates, all of its nominees. Or they could just secretly decrease the range of their stuff and increase the range of something else, and the rest of us might not find out until after the election.
“Elon Musk says that’s all about helping people because he’s just a free, philosophically clear, open-minded helper, a world helper if you will. Is that true? Should you take him at his word? Should you care whether you have a Twitter account or not? This is important.”
The candidate of a party is banned?! Could this happen? Major political figures quit Twitter to benefit a site? Who could ever think of something like that, something so outside of American political life?!
Oh wait a minute. That has already happened, the left has done it. They bumped into Trump, Syndey Powell, Michael Flynn, doctors who had views on Covid that differed from the MSM narrative, and many other conservatives who voiced their views on everything from voter fraud to Covid.
This censorship already exists, it’s just to the right. Ari worries not that it exists, but that it is directed against his people.
Luckily for everyone involved, Elon probably intends to remove all censorship and not steer it one way or the other. He said in a free speech statement when his purchase of the platform was announced, called:
“Freedom of expression is the foundation of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital marketplace where important issues for the future of mankind are debated.”
We’ll see where things go, but for now it looks like Ari’s fears are not only ridiculous because of what the left is already doing, but also wrong given Elon is a defender of free speech.
https://smartzune.com/msnbc-host-tries-fear-mongering-viewers-about-potential-for-leftists-to-be-silenced/ The MSNBC host is trying to scare viewers that leftists could potentially be silenced