In the latest clash between Elon Musk and Democrats, the Twitter CEO slammed Florida Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz for her criticism of journalist Matt Taibbi, who helped Musk release the “Twitter Files.”
During a House hearing, Wasserman Schultz attacked Taibbi’s objectivity for his role as a Republican witness and his acceptance of “spoon-fed” and “cherry-picked” information. She accused him of promoting a slanted viewpoint and generating another right-wing conspiracy theory.
Musk fired back with a sarcastic tweet linking to a story about Wasserman Schultz’s resignation as the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee over leaked emails that allegedly showed a plot to damage Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in favor of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 Democratic primary.
He mocked Wasserman Schultz’s expertise in ethics violations and suggested that her position on journalists accepting cherry-picked information was hypocritical given the mainstream media’s promotion of the Russian collusion hoax.
In a separate incident, Musk agreed with musician Zuby’s list of “conspiracy theories” that he claimed had been found to be true, including COVID-19, the January 6 “insurrection,” and the “safe and effective” COVID-19 vaccine. Musk joked that he was running out of conspiracies to believe in.
Musk also clashed with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who criticized Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s coverage of the January 6 Capitol riot.
McConnell endorsed the Capitol Police chief’s condemnation of Carlson’s “offensive and misleading conclusions” about the riot and accused him of cherry-picking footage to provide a misleading narrative.
As a prominent figure in tech and media, Musk’s clashes with politicians and journalists highlight the ongoing debate over the ethics of journalism and the role of media in shaping public opinion.
Musk’s criticism of mainstream media’s alleged bias and promotion of false narratives has resonated with many conservative voters who view the media as being hostile to conservative values and viewpoints.
As the 2022 midterm elections approach, Musk’s clashes with Democrats and the media may galvanize Republican voters and serve as a rallying cry against the perceived bias and corruption of the mainstream media.
The ongoing struggle between the media and conservative voices like Musk highlights the need for a fair and balanced media that values objectivity and accuracy above political bias.