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It goes without saying that Elon Musk has seriously disrupted the grasp that the left has had on social media. With his purchase of Twitter, he as effectively restored freedom of speech on the platform and the liberal media has not been happy with his actions.
Not only has Musk restored freedom of speech on Twitter, but he has also sought to expose the former suppression of it. As you may know, Elon has been releasing various installments of the “Twitter Files” that have exposed former Twitter employees colluding with the Biden administration and federal government agencies to engage in censorship, among other corrupt activities.
The mainstream media has attempted to seriously downplay or outright ignore the “Twitter Files”, perhaps to shield their audience from learning of the rampant corruption within the establishment media. They have simultaneously been attacking Musk’s character as well.
CNBC’s Squawk Box and Axios business reporter Hope King recently implied that Musk’s decisions at Twitter were putting his “reputation in danger”.
"@elonmusk's reputation is in danger," says @axios Business Reporter @hopeking. "All of the macro conditions are against his favor. Market-share for $TSLA is down year-over-year. His reputation with Twitter is impacting his reputation when it comes to all of his companies." pic.twitter.com/iRBldsD78e
— Squawk Box (@SquawkCNBC) December 27, 2022
King stated in the interview:
I mean, I think stories are dependent on the timeframe in which we’re looking at the right so right now he’s for sure. Not holding up his end of the bargain and the promise that he had said that he would deliver for Twitter but you know, maybe a year from now when we talk maybe the story will be very, very different. So I think the story over the weekend from the Washington Post is is correct in saying that his reputation is in question and I think the big picture for me is that it’s calling into question that are really at the worst time for him.
All the macro conditions, not only here in the US, but also abroad are in against him in his favor. Right. I mean, you look at China. I mean, that’s a story that’s not going away. That market for EVs is the largest in the world market share for Tesla there is down year over year as it is here in the US. So his reputation when it comes to Twitter is impacting his reputation across all of his companies.
I mean, he is just talking too much, right? He’s talking too much on spaces. You and I were on the same spaces together, I believe, you know, a couple of days ago where he promised that he wasn’t going to sell any more stock. He’s leaving open all of this room for critique for analysis for the world to weigh in. And I think that’s where he is being. That’s where he is showing that he is most vulnerable because he’s making himself so vulnerable.
They criticize Musk for not “holding up his end of the bargain” and “talking too much” implying this is hurting his reputation. However, Musk’s end of the bargain was to facilitate free speech on Twitter and provide transparency into the social media platform. He has succeeded in these endeavors with flying colors.
Furthermore, it is dubious at best to link Musk’s actions with Twitter to the performance of Tesla and his other companies. They point to Tesla’s stock performance in isolation, ignoring that the entire stock market has plummeted in the last year with the macroeconomic backdrop. It makes no sense to imply Elon Musk’s reputation is the reason for Tesla’s downtrend on the market.
Elon simply responded to the Squawk Box tweet with, “The legacy media should worry about its reputation. We have only just begun.”
The legacy media should worry about its reputation. We have only just begun.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 28, 2022
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