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Join Jim & Greg as they dissect a Monmouth poll showing President Biden’s approval rating sinking even lower and frustration quickly mounting over rising prices. They also wade into the GOP Senate primary fight in Pennsylvania, where one candidate shows no history of being a conservative and another won’t share much history at all. And they have plenty to say as Biden disinformation czar Nina Jankowicz suggests verified Twitter users ought to be able to edit other people’s tweets to fight disinformation – assuming Twitter ever gets an edit button.

 

If Musk Takes Over Twitter, What Next?

 

The universe of social media is now seeking to understand Elon Musk’s audacious bid to acquire all the shares of Twitter at a price of $54.20—$44 billion in total—that was initially accepted by the Twitter board of directors on April 25. Many regulatory and business hurdles still lurk between this initial agreement and the completed purchase. And the low break-up fee of $1 billion is seen as a sign that the transaction may yet founder.

The uncertainty over the deal’s future has not stopped, however, the nonstop speculation of what it will mean for the future of social media. By and large, these assessments are divided along sharp political lines. Right-wing stalwarts like Ben Shapiro chortle that the new deal promises to usher in a new age of Internet freedom by reforming how Twitter conducts itself, which in turn will lead to greater transparency. Musk has called himself a free speech “absolutist” who believes that 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.” That optimism has not—to put it mildly—been shared by the political left, which has already outdone itself by denouncing him in an NBC news report—ironically relying on overheated tweets—as “a white nationalist-sympathizingtax-dodginganti-unionanti-free speech, ‘dystopian neocolonialist’ plutocrat tainted by his family’s background in apartheid South Africa, where Musk was born in 1971.”

There is little doubt that part of this fear is based on the simple view that Musk not only contributes to a greener environment, but—gasp­—“is a libertarian edgelord billionaire” who does not toe the progressive line, a climate activist told NBC. This pending takeover has prompted prominent progressive thinkers to forsake their Twitter accounts to protest what looks, at least to them, more like a political coup than a corporate takeover.

TechFreedom Internet policy counsel Corbin K. Barthold joins Brian Anderson to discuss Elon Musk’s successful bid for Twitter and its implications for free speech, tech regulation, and the Internet.

Find the transcript of this conversation and more at City Journal.

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Everyone agrees Elon Musk is no dummy.  Like any sentient being, Elon knows Big Tech is much more supportive of left wing causes than right wing causes.  And he’s no left winger.  He also knows the left sees Twitter as “theirs.”  He obviously knows Twitter actively advances leftist causes.   And here are the two Really […]

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Congratulations to the nation’s richest and perhaps its most interesting man, Elon Musk, for his $44 billion purchase of the social media site, Twitter. Launched around 2008 (when I joined) along with Facebook and other “big tech” initiatives, it has transmogrified from a “town hall” to that church scene in the first Kingsman movie, where […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they welcome what appears to be the Biden administration’s grudging admission that there won’t be a new Iran nuclear deal. They also hammer President Biden for reportedly getting ready to pander to his base through massive student loan forgiveness and explain who will really benefit. And they find the timing curious as Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey demands “algorithmic justice” after Elon Musk buys Twitter.

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Jeff Bezos recently touched off a mini firestorm when he suggested that free-speech enthusiast Elon Musk may be vulnerable to pressure from Beijing to put his own finger on the sacred algorithmic scales to protect Chinese Communist Party interests. Bezos later walked it back a bit, but he should have stood his ground. This is […]

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Free Speech and Elon Musk

 

I have long argued that we should focus more on ideas than on the people who endorse them. I still believe that. Ideas are enduring; people too often are not. But when a man or woman makes a significant stand for an idea that’s praiseworthy, that in itself is praiseworthy. Without losing sight of what matters — of the idea — it’s appropriate to praise those who champion it.

Elon Musk claims to be championing an idea that I hold dear, one that is, as I’ve written many times, of paramount importance today, the idea of free and unfettered speech. Indeed, I think it is the single most important challenge faced by those of us who would preserve our country and its values.

Join Jim and Greg as they mostly welcome Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter and promises of speech protection and dissect why so many on the left are hysterical about this news. They also sigh as Biden climate envoy John Kerry declares war on natural gas and promises it will be dead within 10 years. And they get a kick out of Utah “independent” U.S. Senate candidate Evan McMullin’s empty vow to caucus with neither Republicans nor Democrats if he is elected this year.

 

Join Jim and Greg in breathing an unobstructed sigh of relief as U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle finds the federal mask mandate for public transportation unconstitutional. They also cover the fallout from Washington Post tech reporter Taylor Lorenz trying to expose the operator of the Libs of TikTok Twitter page, despite publicly condemning online harassment aimed towards herself just weeks ago. And Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke changes his mind again on the Remain in Mexico policy, now saying it needs to end.

‘Would I Lie to You?’

 

Pay attention to the names of the individuals, publications, companies, and networks that are expressing panic right now at the prospect of a proponent of “radical free speech” buying Twitter. And remember, the next time one of them purports to tell you “the news,” that they jealously defended their collective right to filter what you are allowed to know.

Then assume that you’re hearing only the news that fits.

Twitter, Elon Musk, and the Great Reset

 

Since Elon Musk made his (very generous) offer to buy Twitter — ostensibly on the basis that it aggressively bans conservative voices (Donald Trump, The Babylon Bee, LibsofTikTok,  Defiant L’s) and suppresses the free exchange of ideas — an interesting Confederacy has emerged in opposition.

  1. Unhinged Leftists
  2. The Left-Wing punditry, who have compared the prospect of free speech on Twitter to Nazi Germany and claimed it opposes a grave threat to freedom and democracy.
  3. Corporate media, which dramatically have declared that the prospect of free speech on Twitter will lead to “massive, life and globe-altering consequences.”
  4. Never-Trumpers employed by corporate media, with Max Boot declaring that social media isn’t censored enough, and David French frets that no longer censoring the Babylon Bee will make Twitter “more toxic” and agrees with Boot that Twitter should be censored more. Ironically, up until last week, both of these were firmly aligned with the “Twitter is a private corporation and can censor whoever it wants and if you don’t like it, start your own Twitter” corporatist, Bush-Republican philosophy.
  5. Gigantic Financial Enterprises including Vanguard, Black Rock, and Saudi Arabian Billionaire Al Waleed bin Talal Al Saud are all moving to block Musk’s acquisition.
  6. The Biden Administration, which has sicced the hounds of the SEC and DOJ on Musk for … (checks notes) … filing the wrong form when he initially purchased his 9 percent share of Twitter.

What do all of these players have in common? Obviously, all of them hate Donald Trump worse than cancer. But the other common factor is all of these groups aligned against Elon Musk — against free speech on the internet, really — are invested in the Great Reset. Twitter, despite being embraced by only about 10% of the American population, has a disproportionate influence in business, media, and politics (which are increasingly the same thing). The global elites whose ultimate objective is to rule over a public that “owns nothing and is happy” feel a need to control this tool and its influence.

Join Jim and Greg as they dive into billionaire Elon Musk’s proposal to buy Twitter and why it makes the left so angry. They also dissect a new report quoting multiple officials alleging California Sen. Diane Feinstein is quickly losing her mental acuity. And Joy Behar of “The View” bizarrely claims that the Supreme Court is poised to “pass a bill” to allow open carry in New York despite the high court having no such power.

Join Greg and Rob Long as they’re glad to see Elon Musk becoming the largest shareholder of Twitter and they analyze how it will shake up the social media landscape. They also cover the Biden Administration’s decision to rescind the “Remain in Mexico” policy which would more than double the number of illegal immigrants entering America each month. And Vice President Kamala Harris struggles with boilerplate Democrat talking points in an interview with BET, adding to the lengthy list of verbal mishaps that have plagued her term.

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This is the last installment of New Year’s Resolutions for others. Find the first chapters here and here.  I’m happy to offer a final few resolutions for our beloved social media giants, especially Facebook (now Meta), Twitter, Google (Alphabet), Amazon, and the growing legion of alternatives. Stay for a few more resolutions for all American […]

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Jim and Greg are glad to see the public opposed by lopsided margins to many of the extreme provisions in the “Build Back Better” legislation. They also discuss new revelations about how involved Chris Cuomo was in helping his brother try to weather his many scandals. And they call foul on Twitter’s new policy banning any media unless everyone in the video or photo agrees to it.

 

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Given the overweening arrogance and obvious bias of the major social media platforms, it is of first importance to introduce people to alternative sites for information and discussion.  Ricochet can play a major role here—so how do we attract more members? One approach that I think would be effective is the creation of Gift Certificates, […]

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What’s the Social Credit Score in Your Wallet?

 

You are excused if you missed this story. “PayPal Partners With ADL (Anti-Defamation League) To ‘Fight Extremism And Hate’ By Researching, Disrupting Payments,” screamed the headline from Daily Caller, a conservative news site created by Fox News’ Tucker Carlson (he no longer controls it).

Perhaps you ignored it or drew a yawn from you. After all, you may have a Pay Pal account that has never had a problem and aren’t aware of ADL’s hard-left political activism. You may want to pay attention, especially if you’re a conservative who uses credit cards for certain contributions (such as the NRA) or purchases (like, purchasing a weapon for self-defense. And a lot of people are).