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If Elon Musk’s purchase of 9.2% of Twitter caused Leftie heads to explode, his bid to buy the whole thing has resulted in a complete meltdown over the last week.

The following is a classic example of this because, even though the delivery is calm on the surface, the message is apocalyptic and tells you exactly what these people think they’re already doing to the public.

These responses are over the top not just because they smack of End Days thinking but also because, even with control of Twitter, Musk would be in no position to do anything about the censorship practiced by the rest of the Social Media universe, especially Google/Youtube and Facebook, where pulling advertisements to demonetise people and shadow-banning are at least as powerful weapons on the censorship front as what Twitter has.

The usual MSM hypocrisy is a hoot as well, as shown by these screen captures of the responses from Business Insider and Robert Reich (Secretary of Labour in Bill Clinton’s first term), writing for the Washington Post.

But the Musk-Twitter controversy is an insight into the MSM because a lot of journalists, perhaps all of them, rely on the platform for news and guidelines on the narrative they need to stick to, as well as putting their own stuff out there.

Hence the meltdown in the MSM over this, which is captured here by another journalist’s response.

Greenwald is as Left as it comes and he spent much of the last twenty years fighting what he saw as the GW Bush/Obama administration’s control or influence of the MSM narrative with regard to the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria. Most of the Left were on his side because he was ripping the war mongering neo-conservatives that backed both administrations, although it was telling that many became uncomfortable when he moved straight on to Obama from Bush using the same criticisms because he felt little or nothing had changed.

Now he’s in even more hot water with “his” ideological side, despite the fact that he’s being entirely consistent in his criticism of the MSM, and now Social Media.

Even with the world of Twitter itself, as this article pointed out before Musk pulled the trigger, there are a number of big roadblocks in returning it to being the free speech platform it was a decade ago, and we know they exist because they are what changed it. The article details four steps and shows how they worked before and could work again – possibly destroying Musk in the process.

  1. Blame the platform for its users.
  2. Coordinated pressure campaigns
  3. Exodus of the Bluechecks
  4. Deplatforming

He’d have to fire most of the staff and rebuild from scratch, and I’m not sure that’s possible. Even the remaining staff could still pull stunts behind the scenes with the algorithms that throttle down the re-tweets of “disinformation”.

Also the Babylon Bee stings Twitter with this…. Nice to see Alphabet (You Tube) haven’t followed Twitter in banning Babylon Bee. Yet. My fave part with the Rorschach test:

Mandy: “Nazis…. Nazis…. Nazis….. Oh, I know that one. It’s the Indian symbol for peace. Namaste”

Written by Tom Hunter

April 18, 2022 at 11:18 am

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  1. This is fascinating. Loving it. And what a quote from that “journalist”. I’m waiting for Wayne to come on here and still claim the MSM is honest, reputable and we should get all of our information from reading it, and should believe every word.

    Nick K

    April 18, 2022 at 11:35 am

    • One of the things that makes me laugh is the idea that the NYT is different to the WaPo or MSNBC or CNN given how many reporters circulate between them. Hell, I see that Biden spokeswoman Psaki is leaving her job for a slot at MSNBC, rather like Stephanopoulos from the Clinton administration.

      Fair, balanced, objective and totally non-partisan coverage I’m sure will result – just like the NYT.

      One of the woman quoted in this post, Katy Tur, made a complete dick of herself a couple of years ago on a subject that’s supposed to be her specialty, politics:

      Tom Hunter

      April 18, 2022 at 11:50 am

      • Technically true, but there’s a bunch of Californians trying to gerrymander Texas right now. They’ve already been partially successful with Arizona, and entirely successful with Colorado.

        exiled2texas

        April 18, 2022 at 12:40 pm

    • I had not heard about that. Got a link because it’s not obvious how you can gerrymander a state for Senate elections.

      Tom Hunter

      April 18, 2022 at 2:53 pm

      • Well, you can’t gerrymander a State’s borders, but you can certainly gerrymander the voting population. Which is what Californians are doing when they move to these other States.

        exiled2texas

        April 21, 2022 at 12:28 pm

      • Ah. Gotcha.

        Tom Hunter

        April 21, 2022 at 1:02 pm

  2. Whatever happened to GAB? It was touted as being a true alternative to Twitter.

    Kevn

    April 18, 2022 at 2:03 pm

    • The CEO of Gab has sent a letter to Elon. Among other points:

      Twitter has legacy problems that Gab doesn’t. They are fully dependent on third-party infrastructure. We are not. We “built our own,” everything. Hosting, email services, analytics tools, ecommerce, payment processing, all of it. We built it all.

      You also have to consider that bringing free speech to Twitter isn’t as simple as buying it. Apple and Google do not allow free speech, so if you stop the censorship they will kick Twitter from both app stores. We already solved that problem and overcame it.

      What we are missing at the moment is an ISP. I fear that the next big leap of censorship is at the ISP level, with ISP’s blocking access to Gab.com. You solve that problem with Starlink. Together we can build infrastructure for a free speech internet.

      I am willing to offer you a Board seat along with equity in the company in exchange for you selling your Twitter position and investing $2B into Gab. My offer is my best and final offer.

      Gab has extraordinary potential. Let’s unlock it together.

      Tom Hunter

      April 18, 2022 at 3:37 pm

      • He signed off, “Jesus Christ is King”.

        Nick K

        April 18, 2022 at 8:47 pm

  3. Andrei

    April 21, 2022 at 6:21 pm

  4. Plenty of hypocrisy to go around…

    Tom Hunter

    April 21, 2022 at 8:00 pm

  5. LOL – that is an example of incredibly crude propaganda that would never take in people familiar with Russia or Russians

    From the get go hatred of Nazis and Nazi insignia are embedded in Russian DNA and for very good reason

    Have you ever seen the Movie >”Come and See that depicts the Russian experience of Nazism and its not forgotten believe me

    May the 9th, Victory Day is a very big deal in Russia, a far, far bigger deal than Anzac Day is here

    Furthermore why Wagner for a Russian mercenary group? If you are running a company that wants Government support you are not going to choose a name that evokes negative feelings in the majority of people especially politicians – FFS

    And in any case that ugly mug is not a Slavic face, it’s a cliché Bond villain face

    Andrei

    April 21, 2022 at 11:30 pm

    • Heh. Sounds like there’s a few things you don’t know about the Kremlin and the Wagner group….

      From 2020,non-MSM report on the links between them including an analysis of hacked phone emails and emails between Yevgeny Prigozhin who owns a sprawl of companies supplying services to the Kremlin, who was sanctioned because of his funding of the Wagner group. Just another oligarch who keeps his billions because of who he knows in Russia. But it included this bit:

      The Wagner Group – which does not exist on paper – got its name from its purported founder and commander, the elusive and camera-shy Dmitry Utkin, who – thanks to his obsessive fascination with the history of third Reich – had received the nom-de-guerre “Wagner”. Col. Dimitry Utkin, born on 11 June 1970, was a career officer who had seen first-hand military action in both Chechen wars. In the early 2000’s, as the military phase of the second war subsided, he was moved to the town of Pechory near the Estonian border, where he served out the next ten years as commander of GRU’s Second Spetsnaz Brigade.

      Maybe he’s not Slavic? Maybe his ancestry comes from the Western areas of Russia where Russians, Poles… and Germans have mixed over hundreds of years? In any case he’s definitely ex-Russian military. They even found his CV and a private job application from years ago.

      There’s also earlier coverage from 2019, in particular looking at a 2016 ceremony that multiple photos show Utkin attended (including the one above), where you can see him seated at dinner tables for the event:

      In a Kremlin ceremony on Dec. 9, 2016, Putin, who was again serving as president, awarded state medals and orders to Russian military personnel who had served in Syria. Among those who received the Order of Courage was Dmitry Utkin, who was at the time not a Russian Defense Ministry service member, but a retired private business owner.

      The Kremlin confirmed Utkin’s appearance at the ceremony, but declined to provide any details on why he was awarded.

      Putin has often spoken about Private Military Contractors (PMC’s), which he has no problem with – neither do Western countries. But I find it strange that Putin would issue state awards to PMC members.

      Tom Hunter

      April 22, 2022 at 10:25 am

      • bellingcat, Tom? bellincat?

        That’s a propaganda . misinformation site if there ever was one.

        It is not that uncommon for the USA to accuse their enemies of things they themselves are actually doing and they definitely use mercenaries even though it is against US law for them to do so – they use the euphemism “contractors”. to describe them when an incident involving them hits the public domain.

        I personally think that the West engaged in a war with Russia, personalised as PUTIN

        There are three theatres, the military one in Donbas where Russia is prevailing
        The information space where the West is winning in the West but not in the East nor the Global South
        And the economic one which is more finely balanced though Russia appears to have the upper hand

        Right now Vladimir Putin’s position in Russia is secure.

        The same cannot be said for his main Western antagonists as inflation runs rampant across the globe

        Boris Johnson is in trouble at home, “Partygate”
        Macron is being given a run for his money by Marine L Pen in the French elections
        Otto Schultz is in trouble as the German industrial base contracts due to high energy costs and loss of markets

        And in the USA we have Biden’s laptop and the Durham investigation bubbling under the surface as inflation soars, and both reveal extreme malfeasance within the American establishment – I would suggest the US ruling elite are not only at war with Russia but also with the American people, a.k.a “the deplorables”

        You can argue the toss using grotesque propaganda posts from Twitter and RFERL until the cows come home but it is undeniable that we are in the midst of a major economic crisis, Governments are already falling in the Global South and that we are just a few months away from a major famine

        The thing that made the West strong was the ability to engage in robust public debate and that has been surrendered to the “cancel culture” .

        When people such as myself challenge the official narratives, not that what I say has much influence, we are cancelled rather than debated and when this happens very costly mistakes are made

        Andrei

        April 22, 2022 at 11:30 am

      • bellingcat, Tom? bellincat?

        You sound exactly like Wayne Mapp or Lefties who arrive here praising the likes of the NYT and “sniggering” at the likes of the NY Post or Breitbart, although I appreciate that this steers the comments thread back on to the topic of the post, which is about the MSM and Social Media and their narrative.

        The Russian sources you attend to also have a narrative, which is to defend Putin and Russia at all costs. Yet in all the years since that 2016 awards ceremony there has never been any claim that the photos of Utkin at it were faked, although I’m sure you’ll give it a crack.

        And I regard Putin as simply another member of the Biden-Clinton-Bush-Macron class. Like Boris Johnson, a globalist if ever there was one but felt the winds changing direction on Brexit, your guy in Moscow is just another politician who cynically plays to Russia’s deep cultural history and beliefs because his old KGB ways are as dead as the dodo.

        Tom Hunter

        April 22, 2022 at 11:52 am

      • You sound exactly like Wayne Mapp or Lefties who arrive here praising the likes of the NYT and “sniggering” at the likes of the NY Post or Breitbart, although I appreciate that this steers the comments thread back on to the topic of the post, which is about the MSM and Social Media and their narrative.

        Tom t’was you that diverted the topic from the “topic of this post”, I put forward the fact that independant journalist reporting from Kharkov in a manner that contradicts the official narrative has gone missing and the reporter of this fact is Scott Ritter who has been de-platformed from Twitter for calling it as he sees it

        Of course Scott Ritter has been paying the price for years for calling it as he sees it and being proven correct

        You responded with a very crude piece of Western propaganda

        FYI bellingcat is propaganda outlet funded by a western, presumably MI6, intelligence outlet as is RFURL which is CIA

        We have to do our best to filter out the crap, which can be quite challenging

        And of course we seek to confirm our biases which is why you uncritically go for that Wagner tweet

        You might care to look at this – it is an interview of a British Mercenary captured by the DNR in Mariupol and just think about the circumstances of this interview and the situation this man finds himself in and consider why he says the things he says in the way he says them – ask yourself where you think he is being truthful, where he isn’t

        This thing is what it is and I don’t like it at all, it makes me uncomfortable but it is journalism

        Andrei

        April 22, 2022 at 2:40 pm


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