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Elon Musk’s Twitter Takeover Reveals the Left For What It Is

This week, in one of the most shocking business moves in recent memory, Twitter reversed itself and decided to sell itself after all to Elon Musk, who paid some $44 billion for the privilege. The move was made, at least in part, for ideological reasons; Musk has been vocally critical of Twitter’s management of information flow. Immediately upon the news of the buyout breaking, Musk tweeted, “Free speech is the bedrock of a functional democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated. I also want to make Twitter better than ever by enhancing the product with new features, making the algorithms open source to increase trust, defeating the spam bots, and authenticating all humans.”

All of these seem like worthwhile and anodyne goals. More speech, not less. More transparency, not less.

And yet the political Left went utterly insane. Charles Blow of The New York Times vowed to leave the service; in fact, #LeavingTwitter trended on the service. The American Civil Liberties Union, while noting that Musk is a card-carrying member, fretted, “there’s a lot of danger having so much power in the hands of any one individual.” Meanwhile, powerful individual with consolidated power Jeff Bezos worried over the possibility of Chinese influence on Twitter: “Interesting question. Did the Chinese government just gain a bit of leverage over the town square?” Sen. Elizabeth Warren called the deal “dangerous for our democracy.” MSNBC’s Ari Melber hilariously agonized, “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 and turn up the reach of something else and the rest of us might not even find out about it until after the elections.”

Yes, Ari, we know. That was the concern for tens of millions of us when social media decided to silence the Hunter Biden story, lock accounts of prominent Trump-associated officials who shared the story, and then finally to throw former President Donald Trump off of all services simultaneously following Jan. 6. That was one of Musk’s concerns, presumably, in purchasing the service.

The Left’s outsized panic over Musk’s takeover is revealing for two reasons. First, it shows that the Left always understood Twitter to be a key part of its ecosystem, a Left-biased platform designed to obscure its own leanings while propagandistically pushing a particular political agenda. For years, the Left claimed that conservative concerns about Twitter bias were simple paranoia. Now, upon Musk’s takeover, the Left has broken into spasms of apoplexy. That wouldn’t happen if they thought Twitter wasn’t their sole property.

Then there’s the bigger problem: the Left despises both transparency and free speech in the political realm. The Left would prefer secret algorithms that conceal “shadow-banning” and bottlenecking; the Left prefers “equity” in speech to freedom of speech. To the Left, the potential “harm” of allowing free speech outweighs the value in open debate. Better to ban The Babylon Bee for stating that Lia Thomas is a man than to allow such content to be passed around Twitter — and better never to let anyone know the algorithms behind such bans. After all, with transparency comes accountability. And the power is the point.

Ben Shapiro, 38, is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School, host of “The Ben Shapiro Show,” and editor-in-chief of DailyWire.com. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers “How To Destroy America In Three Easy Steps,” “The Right Side Of History,” and “Bullies.”

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Karen
2 months ago

Thank you GOD, you are answering our prayers!

Will Smith
2 months ago

I think this is GREAT the far left has lied about everything that they do and played the blame game instead of taking responsibility for their actions.We are finally starting to see them fold under the pressure of freedom of speech. I see a light at the end of the tunnel.

R. corcoran
2 months ago

I think now that the woke and the woke Democrats are clearing the jails out and opening borders for their votes, they made enough room in prison for themselves. Conservatives please fight, don’t be scared. Do your job.

Blondie
2 months ago

LMAO, the Lefties are melting. Please leave Twitter and all your followers. Go to, uh, where? FB? Yeah, Rumble, Parler? Oh wait, that won’t work…lol. Take tour lying a**** off of Twitter and lose you voice, see how it feels.

Bob
2 months ago

This is great but a few weeks ago the storyline that dominated all media for over two years has been the Covid nonsense and how people were not allowed to even debate the issue, I think now that should be investigated

Jimmyd
2 months ago

What would Pocahontas know about democracy? A congenital liar by birth and a honed pathological liar by trade, I rest my case.

Frank Bort
2 months ago

FREEDOM what a beautiful word !!!

Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
2 months ago

Now the pot is calling the kettle black.

HCorey
2 months ago

Twitter cheated by controlling posters according to Twitter’s bias. They banned patriots. They promoted leftists. Twitter dug it’s own grave.

Kim
2 months ago

Ultimate hilarity!! I wonder how the left feel now with the mirror inches from their faces. They’re so ridiculous I can’t find the words…

Kim
2 months ago
Reply to  Kim

Adding, when I first heard that Musk had bought Twitter, I thought the disgruntled staff might sabotage the company somehow…plant a “time bomb”, so to speak. Wouldn’t that be just like them? “Careful as she goes…”

John
2 months ago

Now that there is a man in charge of Twitter there is a good chance it will be respected

PaulE
2 months ago

Elon Musk’s buy-out of Twitter didn’t reveal what the left was, as most of us on this side of the political spectrum were already quite aware of the intolerance and power-hungry nature of the left. Totalitarianism is fairly easy to spot, no matter how it may be dressed up as faux enlightened concern for “democratic values” and a group think narrative. What Musk’s move accomplished was highlighting for the rest of the pubic to see, if they have the cognitive ability to understand what is going on around them, the very nature of their so-called “champions of Democracy” really think about things like “the public” in general, real free speech, the concepts of real equal access and opportunity for discussion, and general self-determination of the masses.

The hysterics that we have all witnessed from the MSM since the Twitter Board was forced to accept the fact, that they had no legal means to stonewall Musk’s more than generous offer for a company that has NEVER been profitable, might wake-up a few on the left. However overall, I expect what we’re likely to see going forward is a Musk being attacked and vilified by the MSM for being an “evil billionaire” who poses some existential threat to humanity. Much in the same way they have falsely painted Trump with the same brush. It’s what the left does to anyone they view threatens their unilateral hold on power. Expect all the press surrounding Musk to suddenly turn negative and the “talking heads” that populate the MSM news and opinion shows to crank out one negative hit piece after another.

The only potential thing that can stop Musk from his acquisition of Twitter at this point is the federal government. There are already several reports that the SEC, the FTC and other federal agencies have been tasked with finding or inventing some means to prevent Musk from completing his acquisition of Twitter and taking it private. The problem with this strategy on the part of the left is that it risks exposing to the general public and the world at large, that still naively thinks the federal government ISN’T completely aligned towards one political party, how things actually work during the inevitable court case Musk would bring for damages. With midterms so close and all the other balls the Democrats have to successfully juggle to steer the outcome in their favor, this approach might be a bit too risky at this point despite demands from Warren, Sanders and the rest of the hard left brigade.

Max
2 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

It will be interesting of the course that the Feds decide to take. You are probably right with what MSM will do if the takeover/buyout is successful.

Patricia Hands
2 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

Right on, PaulE. Let’s shine the light on All the leftest, Marxist, socialist, communists!
We simply can’t let them be in charge any longer if we want to retain our hard-won revolutionary democracy. Long live the USA that our forefathers fought for!!!

LJP
2 months ago

What’s Warren talking about ? China owns the Dems. They’re the danger.

anna hubert
2 months ago

Left is apoplectic which is a good to see

CoNMTX
2 months ago

The NY Times & Liz. Warren made some stupid statements. Neither wants to have so much power in the hands of one man. Their gripe is simply that it is the wrong man to suit their agenda. If it were an off-the-wall, Godless, loony Marxist like themselves they would be happy and the right would continue to be censored to death. I’m sure the demo/Marxists will do all in their power to screw things up for Musk. After all, we can’t have the truth printed. For demo/Marxists it’s like turning the light on a bunch of roaches.

DJames
2 months ago
Reply to  CoNMTX

Very well stated !

Phillip Ridenour
2 months ago
Reply to  DJames

Especially the part about the roaches.

Stephen Russell
2 months ago

Reforms:
Fire staffers for possible sabotage later despite secure source code
Rebrand
Revamp Organz
Sell CA HQ
audit books
Fire board

Phillip Ridenour
2 months ago

That’s a good start.

MariaRose
2 months ago

Yeah, move the headquarter to Texas out of California and convert the California headquarters into the shelter, he had suggested a few weeks prior. I am just hoping that those overzealous reacting and leaving Twitter don’t ruin other social media into the mess they made at Twitter.

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