On Tuesday, Twitter CEO Elon Musk stated that the social media platform had not signed any specific deal with Tucker Carlson after his announcement he would be creating a new show on Twitter.
Musk said, “On this platform, unlike the one-way street of broadcast, people are able to interact, critique and refute whatever is said. And, of course, anything misleading will get @CommunityNotes.” Musk continued, “I also want to be clear that we have not signed a deal of any kind whatsoever. Tucker is subject to the same rules & rewards of all content creators. Rewards means subscriptions and advertising revenue share (coming soon), which is a function of how many people subscribe and the advertising views associated with the content. I hope that many others, particularly from the left, also choose to be content creators on this platform.”
On this platform, unlike the one-way street of broadcast, people are able to interact, critique and refute whatever is said.
And, of course, anything misleading will get @CommunityNotes.
I also want to be clear that we have not signed a deal of any kind whatsoever. Tucker is… https://t.co/0TMjuYnKUp
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 9, 2023
Elon’s statement follows Tucker’s video post on Twitter announcing his new show. You can watch Tucker’s video in the above tweet below Musk’s comment. Carlson said:
“Hey, it’s Tucker Carlson, you often hear people say the news is full of lies. But most of the time, that’s not exactly right. Much of what you see on television or read the New York Times, is in fact true in the literal sense, it could pass one of the media’s own fact checks, lawyers would be willing to sign off on it. In fact, they may have. But that doesn’t make it true. It’s not true.
“At the most basic level, the news you consume is a lie, a lie of the stealthiest and most insidious kind. facts have been withheld on purpose, along with proportion and perspective, you are being manipulated. How does that work? Let’s see, if I tell you that a man has been unjustly arrested for armed robbery that is not strictly speaking a lie. He may have been framed at this point, there’s been no trial, so no one can really say.
“But if I don’t mention the fact that the same man has been arrested for the same crime six times before, am I really informing you? No, I’m not. I’m misleading you. And that’s what the news media are doing in every story that matters every day of the week, every week of the year. What’s it like to work in a system like that? After more than 30 years, in the middle of it, we could tell you stories, the best you could hope for in the news business at this point is the freedom to tell the fullest truth that you can.
“But there are always limits. And you know that if you bump up against those limits, often enough, you will be fired for it. That’s not a guess. It’s guaranteed. Every person who works in English language media understands that the rule of what you can’t say defines everything. It’s filthy, really. And it’s utterly corrupting.
“And yet, for the most part, the news that you see analyzed on Twitter comes from media organizations that are themselves thinly disguised propaganda outlets. You see it on cable news, you talk about it on Twitter. The result may feel like a debate, but actually the gatekeepers are still in charge. We think that’s a bad system. We know exactly how it works, and we’re sick of it.
“Starting soon, we’ll be bringing a new version of the show we’ve been doing for the last six and a half years to Twitter. We bring some other things to which we’ll tell you about. But for now, we’re just grateful to be here. Free speech is the main right that you have without it, you have no others. See you soon”
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