Rick Wilson is the disgraced Republican operative who helped fund the corrupt Lincoln Project to undermine President Trump. His recent self-indicting tweet was another product of his Trump Derangement once Trump’s purely partisan banishment from Twitter was ended by its new CEO, Elon Musk. The argument that it does anything but constrict public discourse to block a former President and current political leader from using a social media platform is untenable on its face. Wilson’s amusing unmasking, however, was small potatoes compared to how the entire resistance/Democratic Party/mainstream media alliance has donned neon-blinking signs reading: “I’m a totalitarian and proud of it!” on their heads.
The tantrums over the prospect of an even playing field on Twitter have been voluminous, indeed too many to catalogue. The “clear and present danger”: conservatives, Republicans and objective critics of the Left’s agenda, policies and protected tribes will now have the same opportunity to engage on Twitter as their esteemed opponents have had for years. This is, we are being told in various levels of hysteria, a threat to democracy. After all, criticism of the Left’s pets and pet projects is hate speech; criticism by the Left of those conservative fascists is just warning the public. Accurate assertions that the Left finds inconvenient are “misinformation”—you know, like Hunter Biden’s laptop—while fake news and false assertions that demonize Republicans and conservatives are legitimate political speech.
Before Musk was able to get all of Twitter’s reins in his teeth (Cultural literacy pop quiz! Reference?), one rogue Twitter moderator who hadn’t been fired yet suspended the conservative news aggregation site CitizenFreePress for sharing a clip of former President Barack Obama, campaigning in Pennsylvania in 2008, admitting that Democrats had engaged in voter fraud in the past, discussing potential problems with voting machines and demanding paper trails for ballots.The video was slapped with a warning label stating that the video is “misleading,” and declaring the clip can no longer be replied to, shared, or liked.
This was typical of Twitter B.M. (before Musk). The video was not edited deceptively: Obama said what he said. Posting it could not possibly be “misleading,” and the video was certainly not anywhere near as misleading as the many thousands—millions?— of tweets misrepresenting Donald Trump’s statements, or claiming that police officers had been killed in the January 6, 2021 riot, or claiming the Trump had “colluded” with Russia.
When Musk proclaimed amnesty and allowed banned users back on Twitter, it all became “crystal”: no non-conservatives had been banned, ever. Just a coincidence, I’m sure. Meanwhile, serial anti-speech nonsense purveyors like Sheila Jackson Lee encounter no discipline from social media platforms (or contradictions from MSNBC) when they issue statements like this:
Twitter has been a progressive, Democratic Party, anti-Trump, anti-Republican, anti-conservative propaganda machine, a Big Tech abuser of public trust, and now that a giant fist on the scale of fair and just public information and communication has been removed, its previous allies and beneficiaries are revealing the cheat by their panic and fury. From a schadenfreude perspective, this is glorious of course, but attention should be paid: these democracy-corrupters are telling us what they are and who they are.
Thank you, Geena.
Naturally, Democrats in Congress and regulators are going after Musk and Twitter for daring to thow obstacles in the way of their zest for power. Stewart Baker writes at the Volokh Conspiracy,
Turns out that authority figures have a mean streak, and a lot of weapons, many grounded in law, as Twitter is starting to learn. Brian Fleming explores one of them—the apparently unkillable notion that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS) should review Musk’s Twitter deal because of a relatively small share that went to investors with Chinese and Persian Gulf ties. CFIUS may in fact be seeking information on what Twitter data those investors will have access to, but I am skeptical that CFIUS will be moved to act on what it learns. More dangerous for Twitter and Musk, says Charles-Albert Helleputte, is the possibility that the company will lose its one-stop-shop privacy regulator for failure to meet the elaborate compliance machinery set up by European privacy bureaucrats.
The most substantive attack on Musk for daring to democratize the social media platform has been the Left’s siccing the virtue-signaling corporate weenies on him, in an effort to bankrupt Twitter if progressives can’t control it. Fifty of the top 100 Twitter sponsors have either announced they were leaving or simply stopped advertising on Twitter, a groups that has spent over $2 billion on the platform since 2020, and over $750 million in advertising in 2022. These are many of the same companies that quickly began promoting the scam, Marxist, racist Black Lives Matter movement when it was all the rage; these soulless corporations have no principles, no courage, no fealty to our core values. They are just pandering, and if and when they realize they will make more money by advertising on Twitter than they will lose by supporting free speech that the Left doesn’t want people to read, most will do a lovely flip-flop mid-air and get top scores from the Olympic judges. Here’s the list:
American Express Company
Big Heart Petcare
BlueTriton Brands, Inc.
Boston Beer Company
CA Lottery (California State Lottery)
CenturyLink (Lumen Technologies, Inc.)
Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc.
Discover Financial Services
First National Realty Partners
Inspire Brands, Inc.
Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc.
MailChimp (The Rocket Science Group)
Marriott International, Inc.
Merck & Co. (Merck Sharp & Dohme MSD)*
Meta Platforms, Inc. (formerly Facebook, Inc.)
MoneyWise (Wise Publishing, Inc.)
The Coca-Cola Company
The Kraft Heinz Company
Whole Foods Market IP
The mainstream news media, meanwhile, has been attacking Musk from the moment he purchased Twitter for 44 billion dollars. There have been pundit columns attacking him every day, all approximately as fair and accurate as this one by MSNBC Rachel Maddow clone Chris Hayes. It’s a Yoo’s Rationalization orgy (“It isn’t what it is”):
Jack Dorsey said of the platform that no one should own it, that it “wants to be a public good at a protocol level.”
Twitter is where I spend a good deal of my life. That’s partly because I’m an inveterate poster and have been most of my life and also because it allows me to synthesize vast amounts of information very, very quickly. Unlike message boards that are segmented by interest (Reddit, for example), Twitter is a place where all kinds of perspectives and obscure expertise are instantly accessible and overlapping.This can be dangerous, sure. But if you find the right people, you can be instantly brought up to speed on everything from the fluctuations in lumber prices to the maintenance problems in the Russian tank fleet to the scouting report on the Welsh goalie. For someone in my line of work, it’s indispensable.
Twitter began as a place to share mundane updates on one’s life but morphed into an arena where something akin to the global conversation was taking place. It was never particularly good at making money; its stock price barely grew from the day it went public, and in terms of its number of global users, it never surpassed Facebook. But it came closest to executing on the core vision of what the global town square could look like.
Musk is, Hayes claims, ruining everything, because what the MSNBC propagandist’s core vision of what the global town square could look like is one where conservatives are censored.
That’s what all of Musk’s enemies and Twitter’s critics want. If nothing else, even if his 44 billion dollar rescue mission fails to succeed (though crashing Twitter completely would still be an improvement over what it was under Democratic Party operative Jack Dorsey), Musk has performed a public service, at least for the ethical members of the public, and the believers in free speech and expression.