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Billionaire tech magnate Elon Musk made headlines again on Monday after announcing he purchased $2.9 billion of Twitter stock in March which gave him a 9.2 percent stake – the largest of any single shareholder – in what many speculate is a precursor to his obtaining the controlling stake in the social media giant.
The news came after Musk recently posed a question to the Twitter universe in which he asked users if they believe Twitter’s policies are detrimental to free speech.
“Free speech is essential to a functioning democracy,” Musk tweeted. “Do you believe Twitter rigorously adheres to this principle?” He then reminded responders, “The consequences of this poll will be important. Please vote carefully.” A resounding 70 percent voted no to the question.
Free speech is essential to a functioning democracy.
Do you believe Twitter rigorously adheres to this principle?
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 25, 2022
Many respondents suggested that Musk should just simply buy Twitter or start a new platform where freedom of speech is paramount.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 28, 2022
On “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Monday, the Fox News host described the importance of Musk’s massive purchase which caused the stock price of Twitter to surge by nearly 30 points.
“So why does this matter? Well, because Twitter matters, whether you want it to or not. Twitter is hardly the largest social media platform, but Twitter sets the tone for all news coverage, for all information,” Carlson said.
“Twitter is where a professional class goes to learn which opinions are acceptable and which are forbidden and the effect is obvious to everybody. If our public conversation suddenly seems stilted and one-sided, it is because in part Twitter itself is so stilted and so one-sided. Anyone who dares express a heterodox opinion, even if it’s true, gets banned,” he continued.
“It’s hard to imagine he bought Twitter shares for the investment,” Carlson opined. “He’s already the world’s richest man, he does not need the money. Could this be the first move in a hostile takeover of Twitter that transforms Twitter into a platform for free speech? Seems that way. Elon Musk is not an orthodox conservative but he sees the people in power with devastating clarity.”
Carlson then played a clip of Musk speaking with the Babylon Bee and deriding censorship, which is language not often used by many CEOs prone to bending the knee for the small minority of petulant squeaking wheels in the culture war that rains down from the Left.
“It is a prevalent mind virus and arguably one of the biggest threats to modern civilization. So, do we want a humorless, a society that is simply rife with condemnation and hate basically? At its heart, wokeness is divisive, exclusionary and hateful. It basically gives mean people a reason, it gives them a shield to be mean and cruel, armored in false virtue,” Musk had said.
“When was the last time you heard a crisper and more precise definition than that?” Carlson asked. “‘Wokeness gives mean people a shield to be mean and cruel, armored in false virtue.’ Not a lot of CEOs talk this way, in fact, none. They’re not allowed. The fact that a CEO who does talk this way may take over one of the most important communications platforms in the United States is cause for celebration, real celebration.”
But Musk’s stance may have unintended consequences. Any suggestion that free speech is the most important right Americans have is quickly followed by accusations of racism, or sexism, or the erroneous characterization that speech one disagrees with somehow equates to violence. Recall four years of former President Trump and the daily barrage of slander and libel coming from the left-wing of American politics. Carlson added to that by listing some of the more ubiquitous claims now incessantly regurgitated by the Left and mainstream media (which is redundant, yes.)
“America is a racist country.” “White supremacy is our biggest threat.” “January 6th was a coup.” “Ukraine is a vitally important ally.” “Gender is a social construct.” “Climate change is an existential crisis.” “This is a pandemic of the unvaccinated,” he mentioned.
“Consider each of these slogans on its merit. Are the words actually true? Do they correspond to reality? Observed reality? No, they don’t. None of them do. In fact, they’re ridiculous. They’re laughable and that would be very obvious to all of us if we were allowed to think about it, but we’re not allowed to think about it,” Carlson said.
“Effectively, all rational scrutiny of the regime’s claims have been banned with the help of so-called news organizations. Our social media platforms, which once promised to give every American a voice, now function like the North Korean State News Agency. They’re organs of propaganda. This crept up on us and it caught a lot of people by surprise, particularly conservatives.” he observed.
Time will tell if Elon Musk’s superhero persona can withstand the character assassination attempts undoubtedly headed his way.
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