Usual Suspects Desperately Try Downplaying Musk’s ‘Twitter Files’ Release on Hunter Biden Story Suppression
“What Elon Musk’s Twitter files have revealed so far is that content moderation at Twitter WAS being decided by a team of people with differing viewpoints. Now it’s being decided by the richest man on Earth with an axe to grind against one political party — a true scandal.” – NBC News “disinformation” reporter Ben Collins.
One big thing new Twitter CEO Elon Musk has been promising is more transparency as to how things work at Twitter HQ under his rule and how things were run under the old regime. On Friday, he did not disappoint with the release of what are being called the “Twitter Files,” the first series of which detailed in part how in 2020 the Twitter Powers That Be worked hand and hand with Democrats to heavily moderate and, in effect, suppress content that was inconvenient to Democrats, oftentimes at the behest of those same Democrats.
Musk released the files to independent journalist Matt Taibbi, who pointed out in a very lengthy thread that though “both [major political] parties had access” to Twitter back channels in order to request content moderation/removal, that the system “wasn’t balanced” because far more leftists worked at the social media platform and thus “there were more channels, more ways to complain, open to the left”:
11. This system wasn’t balanced. It was based on contacts. Because Twitter was and is overwhelmingly staffed by people of one political orientation, there were more channels, more ways to complain, open to the left (well, Democrats) than the right. https://t.co/sa1uVRNhuH pic.twitter.com/K1xmqQ0TrD
— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) December 3, 2022
Another interesting development was the confirmation that (now-former) Twitter executive Vijaya Gadde was central to the New York Post‘s Hunter Biden laptop story being suppressed. Gadde, as we now know, was later rewarded by the Biden White House for her obedience:
Taibbi confirms that Twitter exec Vijaya Gadde played a key role in suppressing the Oct. 2020 Hunter Biden laptop story. Gadde was later appointed by the Biden admin to an advisory role shaping the Department of Homeland Security's "disinfo" policy. https://t.co/zVgMuTSnwv
— Lee Fang (@lhfang) December 3, 2022
Naturally, the Usual Suspects on the left, in the MSM, and on the NeverTrump “right” are performing backflips to alternately suggest with straight faces that most of the information posted was already known (false), that it’s no big deal (false), that what Musk is doing is dangerous (false), and/or that Taibbi is simply a Musk stooge who is in it for the money or whatever (even if so, so what? The documents don’t lie).
Ben Collins, who I have dubbed the Aaron Rupar of NBC News and who is purportedly a “disinformation” “reporter,” was especially displeased over the release of the documents:
Speak* truth** to*** power.
**selective leaks from the richest man in the world
— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) December 2, 2022
What Elon Musk’s Twitter files have revealed so far is that content moderation at Twitter WAS being decided by a team of people with differing viewpoints.
Now it’s being decided by the richest man on Earth with an axe to grind against one political party — a true scandal.
— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) December 3, 2022
He was far from the only one:
Watching some of the most famous, most powerful and richest men red-pill themselves into disaster. Pretty wild!
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) December 2, 2022
Not for nothing, but so far, everything revealed is… basically exactly what has been known for nearly two years, and is basically… how these kinds of decisions always work? I mean… why the buildup to reveal… this?
— Mike Masnick (@mmasnick) December 3, 2022
BREAKING: Twitter removed some nude photos of a guy that were posted without his consent. The horror! SUBSCRIBE TO MY SUBSTACK
— Jason Paladino (@jason_paladino) December 3, 2022
You know how you can tell it’s nothing? It is 8 pm on a Friday in December.
— Philip Bump (@pbump) December 3, 2022
Matt Taibbi is very upset that the Biden campaign asked a platform to take down some revenge porn targeting the candidates son.
I’m sure matt would be totes cool with people tweeting out his adult kids dick bc they didn’t like him and would not ask his buddy Elon to help. https://t.co/MyfmBe1c91
— Tim Miller (@Timodc) December 3, 2022
There’s nothing new about Hunter Biden’s laptop. Remember 1992 Bush campaign’s obsession with Clinton’s passport files? Or Obama’s birth certificate? Like a losing army believing a new super weapon will save the day, losing campaigns love to fixate on imaginary silver bullets.
— stuart stevens (@stuartpstevens) December 3, 2022
Yoel on Mastodon right now pic.twitter.com/s96ag8SKuH
— Kyle Harris (@hikyleharris) December 3, 2022
The GroupThink stuff was also a nice touch:
It’s not just the corruption, it’s also the cringey groupthink. pic.twitter.com/DxXtEzroW3
— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) December 3, 2022
Matt Taibbi…what sad, disgraceful downfall. I swear, kids, he did good work back in the day. Should be a cautionary tale for everyone. Selling your soul for the richest white nationalist on Earth. Well, he'll eat well for the rest of his life I guess. But is it worth it?
— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) December 2, 2022
Is Taibbi carrying water for the richest man in the world or is it Al Capone’s vault? pic.twitter.com/2bh3hMGkYf
— Damin Toell (@damintoell) December 3, 2022
The whole sleazy, in-group liberal gang from NBC, Daily Beast, etc — all the censorship advocates who think censorship advocacy is somehow compatible with journalism — are furious that the the acts of their Dem Party allies in getting the Biden story censored are being exposed. pic.twitter.com/IH856r0cd8
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) December 3, 2022
Best summary of their reactions so far:
It’s a nothingburger! Which is why I’m flipping the fuck out and trashing Matt Taibbi personally!
— Damin Toell (@damintoell) December 3, 2022
Basically, Taibbi is doing what journalists are supposed do in shining the spotlight on this information. In turn, pseudo-journalists like Collins are whining about it and throwing tantrums. Their reactions are a reaffirmation of everything we know about the sad state of modern journalism, with little to none of it being any good.
— Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym “Sister Toldjah” and can be reached via Twitter. —DONATE
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