After acquiring a 9% share of Twitter earlier in April and offered a spot on the board, Elon Musk instead decided to purchase Twitter for $44 billion this past week. There are still some details to work out with investors and board members before Musk takes charge of the company, who can still technically reject his offer (but not without paying Musk $1 billion). However, given the recent revelations that Twitter missed its quarterly earning projections but also (surprise, surprise!) has been lying about the number actual users on the platform, the price per share Musk is paying for the company’s stock is simply an offer they can’t refuse.
The Media Mind Freak
Of course, as we have all been accustomed to by now, Musk’s purchase has caused the legacy media and the staff at Twitter to become apoplectic over the fact that their woke-only playground is now under new management.
Actress and activist Jameela Jahil tweeted that she’s afraid that the platform will “reach its final form of totally lawless hate, bigotry, and misogyny.” Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King, noting that Musk was born in apartheid South Africa, said that Musk’s purchase of Twitter “is about white power” before he deleted his account. Of course, he couldn’t stand being even more unimportant than he was, and reactivated it within a day.
During an audio recording of an all-hands meeting of Twitter’s upper management released by Project Veritas, Twitter board member Brett Taylor grudgingly admitted that they are required “to act in the best interest of our shareholders.” That statement alone, along with the fact that CEO Parag Agrawal had to reassure crying staff members, should tell all you need to know about why the company is not turning a profit.
Meanwhile, over in “Capital City”, Sen. Elizabeth Warren saw the words “billion” and “dollars” and couldn't help but insert herself into the conversation by saying that Musk’s purchase of Twitter was “dangerous for our democracy” and that more than ever “We need a wealth tax and strong rules to hold Big Tech accountable.” All of which has moved Democrat law makers to finally take an interest in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and the formation of a “disinformation governance board.”
The Gig is Up and Out
However, in what has to be the most salient and surreal reaction to Musk’s actions was from MSNBC’s host of The Beat Ari Melber. He ranted that with Musk taking Twitter private he would be able to control the flow of information to such a degree that when it came to future elections,
“You could secretly ban one party’s candidate or all of its candidates, all of its nominees. Or you could just secretly turn down the reach of their stuff, turn up the reach of something else. The rest of us might not even find out about it until after the election.”
This has got to be the most sardonic irony coming out of the lefty-legacy media to date. Melber, like the rest of colleagues, has become so unhinged over their media monopoly being challenged that he has blurted the quiet part out loud. He is literally saying what just about everyone outside of his echo chamber has been saying about Twitter for some time now, especially in its handling of the Hunter Biden laptop story before the 2020 election.
It is tempting to wonder how someone in Melber’s position could be so out of touch or uninformed as to say such a cognitively dissonant statement. To be fair, a recent study found that when it comes to informing themselves, 60% of people admit to not reading much past the headlines. Thus if someone gets all their news from social media sites like Twitter, then it is understandable to see how easy it is for them to be uninformed.
However, when it comes to politicians, activist, and members of the lefty-legacy media (like Melber) whose job it is to be informed, the notion that they do not recognize their own glaring double-standard is one belief that simply cannot be suspended. It is clear that most of the hysterics over Musk’s purchase of Twitter are a carefully planned and a deliberate attempt at engaging in a Chris Angel- like mind freak or a psionic-psyop to shape the thoughts and beliefs of their viewers to see the world through their ideologically-tinted lenses.
And thus, in this one cultural event, the lefty-legacy media gig is up and out in the open for anyone who has the force of will to see and acknowledge what is going on. All their talk of free speech, platform safety, inclusion, and talk of private vs. government control of businesses is a lie. What matters to them is the old trope of “truth to power”, in that truth to them is a fungible multi-tool that is wielded in pursuit of the power to shape the world according to their own ideological mold.
This is why it is important to move away from accusations of hypocrisy or double-standards, because those terms assume a fixed set of standards by which they are operating, which is not the case. The lefty-legacy mindset is more akin to the words written by Frank Herber in his book Children of Dune, “When I am weaker than you, I ask you for freedom because that is according to your principles; when I am stronger than you, I take away your freedom because that is according to my principles.” And even Musk himself has noted this when he tweeted, “The extreme antibody reaction from those who fear free speech says it all.”
And this is not mere speculation, as proof of Twitter’s manipulation of truth and reality has recently shown up in their user’s feeds. Conservative Twitter users such as Tucker Carlson, Dana Loesch, and Donald Trump Jr. have all noticed bumps in their follower numbers since Musk announced his purchase of Twitter. Meanwhile, some people who have been banned on Twitter have found that they can now access their accounts. Despite the gaslighting by Twitter, the best explanation for these changes in conservative user’s feeds is that some algorithm that was deliberately targeting conservative accounts has been deactivated.
Given the fact that Jack Dorsey testified before Congress two years ago, and said under oath that his company did not engage in shadow-banning or account throttling, it is possible that there are people at Twitter who are using the coding equivalent of a document shredder, and disposing of evidence. Go back and listen to the audio of the all-hands meeting and ask yourself whether the lamenting and crying might have something to do with the fact that their acrimonious business practices (or worse) could be revealed when Musk takes over.
Musk and Twitter Going Forward
There is a lot of speculation about what Musk will do with Twitter when he takes control of it. While it is true that has has no experience in running such a company, he is a smart and sagacious businessman who has laudable instincts in motivating people and getting a business to run smoothly and turn a profit- which again, Twitter is an unprofitable company. Daily Wire talk show host Ben Shapiro quipped that the best thing Musk could do is avoid the same mistake that Trump made when he became president, and fire all of the moles or subversives who will prevent any changes ordered by Musk from being carried out. The Federalist published its own suggestions by offering Musk a list of 100 words and ideas that people should no longer get banned for on the platform.
For his own part, Musk has said that when he talks of “free speech” he just means “that which matches the law. I am against censorship that goes far beyond the law. If people want less free speech, they will ask government to pass laws to that effect.” Furthermore, he has also talked about getting rid of the bots, making the platform’s code transparent, and even moving to a subscription model so that the company will no longer be beholden to the prejudicial whims of advertisers on either end of the political spectrum.
Certainly there are a lot of things that he could do to make the company better, but we have to remember that we still live in a fallen world. In an interesting comparison, Eric Sammons over at Crisis Magazine said Musk was like "the Babylonian King Cyrus, a pagan helping God’s Chosen People return to the Promised Land?” and while we can admire the man for his many accomplishments, we should not place too much trust in him as a role-model.
After all, even if Musk were to unban personalities such as Donald Trump, Milo Yiannopoulos, Sargon of Akkad (Carl Benjamin), or The Babylon Bee from Twitter jail, would it make Twitter a better site? Profitable, sure, but better? I would proffer that the answer would be no. We already live in such contentious times, and with the economy and world affairs going the way they are, not to mention the slamming the Dem’s are going to suffer in the mid-terms, opening up the gates for more people to post their grievances will aggravate an already volatile situation.
So while the I will be the first one to say that I am enjoying the bump in my daily levity by watching the lefty-legacy media machine drive themselves mad and outing themselves for the radical grifters they are, this too will pass. In the end, Musk is not a savior, he is not the sheriff, and he is certainly not the villain, but he is just a man. A man in need of grace and a savior just like the rest of us.
Very soon he will take control of Twitter and we will just have to wait and see how his leadership will play out. In the meantime, enjoy the ride, but continue to do what (hopefully) you have already been doing by speaking the truth, upholding and living out the gospel in our daily lives, and save our real praise for whom it rightly belongs.
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