Billionaire Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter was totally about protecting the First Amendment, and had little to do with labor considerations or investing for financial gain. MRC President and founder Brent Bozell made those remarks during an appearance on Fox Business’ Varney & Co. on Tuesday.
“Today’s a great day for freedom,” he said. “This entire debate has been over free speech, with the left saying that this ought not to be allowed. Let’s understand this very clearly: This has nothing to do about economics, nothing having to do about work practices. It’s all about Elon Musk saying, ‘I’m buying this company because we have to have free speech in America to have a functioning democracy.’”
Twitter Board Chair Bret Taylor tweeted on Monday that the platform’s board of directors reached an agreement with Musk for the Tesla CEO to acquire the company. The transaction is valued at $44 billion, and is expected to close this year, pending regulatory and stockholder approval.
“This is a totalitarian institution, Silicon Valley, and along comes Elon Musk and he’s tipped over the apple cart, just like [Florida Gov. Ron] DeSantis tipped over the applecart with Disney in Florida,” Bozell said. “The American people have had enough of this totalitarianism.”
Musk said in a statement that he wants to enhance Twitter by launching unnamed new features, open-sourcing algorithms to improve public trust, defeating spam bots, and “authenticating all humans.” The last statement was a nod to free speech.
"Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated," Musk stated. “Twitter has tremendous potential – I look forward to working with the company and the community of users to unlock it."
The transaction has ignited a leftist furor, Bozell noted.
After Musk’s historic purchase, actor Rob Reiner had a relapse of Trump Derangement Syndrome on Twitter; Clinton administration Labor Secretary Robert Reich ludicrously tried to paint Musk as a self-serving tyrant; and, Washington Post columnist Max Boot tweeted he “still” fears a Musk takeover is “bad for democracy,” wailing that Musk may scrap Twitter’s current “content moderation” practices.
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