The finalizing of billionaire Elon Musk’s deal to take control of Twitter struck a major blow to the authoritarian regime that has used censorship as the primary weapon to silence its critics and the hysterical reaction of leftists shows how critical of a tool it has been in controlling the free flow of information on behalf of the ruling Democratic Party.
Tucker Carlson broke down the importance of free speech regaining a foothold in the digital public square during an extended monologue on Friday’s edition of his Fox News show, “Tucker Carlson Tonight” where he pointed out a truth that has been obvious for as long as tyrants have stifled opposing voices, only the powerful are the beneficiaries of censorship.
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Beginning by noting that it was Twitter’s censorship of the conservative Babylon Bee for a post naming Joe Biden’s transgender assistant health secretary Rachel Levine as “man of the year” that spurred the Tesla/SpaceX CEO to make his historic bid to buy the social media giant, Carlson laid it out.
“The Biden administration can’t allow you to laugh at Rachel Levine or at Karine Jean-Pierre or Kamala Harris or any of the other transparently absurd figures they’re pretending are running our country, or, for that matter, at Biden himself, who somehow they tell you got ’81 million votes” despite being senile and rarely going outside,” he said.
“It’s all pretty funny when you think about it, but you can’t laugh and you can’t laugh because humor is the most subversive thing. Once you start noticing the pure, hilarious ridiculousness of the people in charge, you may be much less likely to obey them,” he added. “So, it’s absolutely vital that somebody wipe that smirk off your face by force if necessary. Twitter immediately banned the Babylon Bee from its site for the crime of making fun of Rachel Levine.”
After updating viewers on the developments since Musk took control and fired top brass including CEO Parag Agrawal, Carlson asked, “What is Twitter’s algorithm exactly? Well, we don’t have any real idea because no one’s seen it. We will now. Twitter will no longer be a publicly held company. It will be a privately held company and Musk has said he will show us exactly how it works. Apparently, the algorithm has effectively existed to censor conservatives on the basis of their political views. Now, in one day, people who could not speak will be allowed to speak. The playing field will be transparent, which is a prerequisite for fairness and if you want to laugh on social media, you can.”
“It seems like a big day,” he said. “This seems like good news. And if your job was to defend freedom of the press – and it is the job of journalists to defend freedom of the press because they rely on it – you’d think you’d be pretty excited about this, but they’re not excited. Instead, journalists are panicked by this development,” as he rolled video of media reactions to losing control of the narrative.
“See how this works? So when you’re a journalist, you can destroy people’s lives in this country on behalf of a political party,” Carlson said. “You can totally crush them, get them fired from their jobs, attack them to the point they literally lose custody of their children, which has happened, is happening now by the way. You can do whatever you want if you’re a journalist, but if anyone criticizes you, they have to be shut down because their criticism is violence.”
“When you eliminate free speech, who do you help? The people in charge. Only the powerful benefit from censorship,” he said.
Later in his monologue, Carlson predicted that the Biden regime will use any means necessary to crush Musk and to regain the upper hand on information control through the “public-private partnership” where big businesses do the government’s dirty work.
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“This is a huge deal. It’s hard to overstate how transformative this could be. The activist left believed it owned Twitter and the public conversation in this country more broadly. Why do they think that? Because for many years they have owned it. They had a monopoly and that monopoly has been broken,” he said. “Once everyone can talk—rich or powerful, poor or powerless, doesn’t matter—when everyone can talk, nothing will ever be the same and the Democratic Party will be forced to defend its positions on their merits.”
“Democrats pulled a sitting president off Twitter. Now, apparently, he’s running again. How could you possibly defend censoring that candidate, Donald Trump, if you support democracy? Are you really going to argue that a presidential candidate can’t talk? They’re going to have to argue that. They’re going to have to say that in public. What’s that conversation going to look like?” Carlson asked.
“The Biden administration is in trouble because of this. Everything depends for them on censorship—everything! They’re going to do everything they can to shut Twitter down again. They’re going to do their best to destroy its new owner, and Elon Musk must know that,” he said. “He’s doing it anyway and that’s the definition of bravery. People assume always that billionaires can afford to be bold. You can do whatever you want. You’re rich.”
“But the opposite is true actually. Look around. How many brave billionaires are there? Not many. Why? Because the more you have, the more you have to lose. There’s no such thing as f-you money. There’s only f-you poverty and yet the richest man in the world is risking it all to save free speech. Whatever you think of Elon Musk and however this ends, that’s a remarkable thing to watch,” Carlson concluded.
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