While equity is the left’s favorite world these days, turned out they are not so thrilled when held to fair and impartial standards themselves.
Elon Musk is under fire after taking control of Twitter and trying to run the social media platform like an actual business as opposed to a means to a political end — a business that respects free speech. In trying to present a level playing field where all users have the same experience, a strange phenomenon has been occurring of late — the so-called fact-checkers are now fact-checking people on the left.
(Video: Fox News)
“Fox & Friends” highlighted a recent example of this when Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., tweeted the following: “Let’s be clear: President Biden has the legal authority to cancel student debt.”
The tweet was tagged with a “Readers added context…” note pointing out that some “experts” disagreed with that assessment and that the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals had temporarily blocked the president’s order.
“Democrats are finally being forced to live in the world they created for the rest of us — [a] social media world,” comedian Jimmy Failla said, in the segment. “Big Tech censorship getting the job done for them, okay, but not the other side.”
After noting that any time a politician says, “Let’s be clear,” the next words out of their mouth is a lie, Failla added an astute observation about the left.
“They got lazy. For a long time they were able to lie with impunity with full support from the media and no factual pushback in the court of public opinion when it comes to Big Tech and social media,” he said. “Now the game changed. You know… if you were in prison for 10 years and came out of jail wearing what was cool fashion 10 years ago you might think you looked good but it looks bad to everyone else.”
Noticed since Elon Musk's takeover that Twitter has generated crowd-sourced disclaimers that fact check President Biden, the White House, and left-wing claims. Before now, Twitter fact-checking flags have been one-sided and seldom critical of the Biden administration. pic.twitter.com/uiOp9xaHA8
— Mia Cathell (@MiaCathell) November 2, 2022
In addition to fact-checking more evenly, Twitter is also debunking false claims about Republicans, one example being a tweet accusing Virginia’s Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin of racism.
Beverly Hallberg, the president and founder of District Media Group, spoke to Fox News about Musk’s rocky start and said neither the right nor the left is completely happy and this may suggest that he’s on the right path.
“What we’re seeing right now is Twitter trying new features; charging for blue checkmarks, for example, and relaunching Birdwatch, a crowdsourced fact-checking program. It’s giving users more choice in how they want their Twitter experience to be, and for the free market lovers that should be viewed as a good thing,” Hallberg added.
As for the previous imbalance, NewsBusters Executive Editor Tim Graham published a study on the first year of Biden’s presidency and found that the president “was fact-checked 40 times, while Biden critics were checked on 230 occasions,” a disparity of six-to-one.
“Elon Musk’s leftist critics hate his takeover because it has the potential to be objective and put ‘context’ on both sides, when they arrogantly believe that all the truth is on their side, and that it’s ‘both-sidesism’ to correct a leftist,” Graham told Fox News.
Republished with permission from American Wire News Service
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