(Video: Fox News)
Though the headlines were filled with the standard fare of the decline in American exceptionalism that has prevailed throughout President Joe Biden’s tenure as executive, Fox News host Tucker Carlson found a glimmer of hope that the powers that be will undoubtedly try to snuff out for, as he explained, “the point of censorship, always and everywhere, is to protect entrenched power.”
During Tuesday’s monologue on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” the host not only addressed the possibility of billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk trying to seize control of Twitter and what that would mean, but he delved into why corporate media was already pushing back on that scenario.
“Now, why should you care about that?” Carlson posited about the perspective of the average American who might not see much weight in the investment dalliances of the super wealthy.
“Here’s why you should care: because if that were to happen,” he explained, “we could see a return of free speech to the United States, and nothing should give you more hope than that possibility. A free Twitter would mean an open debate about ideas on the single most important incubator of elite opinion in the world.”
“It would mean a return to free and fair elections in the United States, a system in which both sides are allowed to make their case to the public and then the public can decide,” Carlson stated, possibly alluding to the suppression of the New York Post’s 2020 exposé on Hunter Biden’s laptop days before the presidential election. “It’s called democracy.”
The main reason, he argued, that people should care about Musk’s next move is, “a free Twitter would mean a direct challenge to the people in charge of our country’s institutions, many of whom are incompetent.”
Of late, Carlson contended, Americans have not been able to have honest discussions about our leaders, “We can’t have those conversations now and there’s a reason for it. The point of censorship is never to shield the weak, no matter what Barack Obama may tell you.”
“The point of censorship,” he declared, “always and everywhere, is to protect entrenched power.”
Carlson supported this premise by pointing to “illegitimate regimes” that strive to control information via censorship, something “the left definitely understands.”
In a clip, one MSNBC host referred to the possibility that President Donald Trump’s Twitter ban could be ended as a “nightmare-inducing note” and so, Carlson alleged, in an effort to demonize the character of Musk to prevent a hostile takeover that could allow free speech, “They called Elon Musk a racist.”
“Fear not right-wingers, another bro-facist, is waiting in the wings to defend your right to spew bile online in the name of free speech,” MSNBC’s Joy Reid gleefully stated before later interviewing a guest who said, “He is building in Tesla a documentedly [sic] racist company that perhaps reminds him, gives him nostalgic memories of apartheid South Africa.”
Carlson included headlines and takes from CNN, The Washington Post, and left-wing figures like Robert Reich to shore up the argument that they see free speech as a threat to their existence. That is why they work to shut down dissenting views.
“Questioning a prevailing storyline is the crime,” the host said of Twitter suspensions to conservative voices like the Babylon Bee, Charlie Kirk, and himself. “Do that and you’re gone. It doesn’t matter if you’re factually right. We were factually right. It doesn’t matter. Challenge power and you are censored instantly.”
Carlson concluded that, if a takeover is what Musk is after, then it could be up to the people to make or break that move. Twitter could discount shares so investors could increase their portfolios and diminish the billionaire’s ownership. But, there is a possibility such a move could be used in his favor as well.
“Elon Musk could enlist the public – the pro-free speech public – in his hostile takeover of Twitter. So anyone who is against censorship could buy Twitter stock and then pledge his or her proxy votes to Elon Musk and that would give him control of the company and the company would be free,” he suggested.
“That would also be the single most revolutionary event ever to take place in the history of finance,” Carlson concluded.
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