AP ridiculed for ‘strange’ attack on Elon Musk’s free speech

AP ridiculed for ‘strange’ attack on Elon Musk’s free speech

The Associated Press (AP) was accused of misrepresenting the very concept of free speech after the news organization attacked Tesla CEO Elon Musk for the “contradiction” of claiming to defend free speech despite having used the Twitter platform to criticize others.

in a test Published Wednesday titled “Elon Musk, Erratic Visionary, Delights in Contradiction,” AP speaks of Musk’s “maniacal ambition” while claiming the billionaire “thrives on contradiction.”

In a tweet introducing the article, the AP wrote that Musk’s support for free speech contrasts with his criticism of others.

“Elon Musk boasts that he is acquiring Twitter to defend free speech. But he has long used the platform to attack those who disagree with him,” the New York-based news agency wrote.

The essay accuses the 50-year-old SpaceX founder of “disdain for public officials who defy him,” while highlighting his previous run-ins “with health officials who limited staffing at the California factory to prevent the spread of coronavirus.” COVID, calling stay-at-home orders ‘fascist’”.

Musk is also described as someone who “seems to enjoy poking fun at regulators.”

In response, many took to Twitter to highlight the AP’s misconception about free speech.

“So what you’re saying is the son of a bitch is speaking freely?” Rhode Island Republican Rep. Mike Chippendale wrote.

“I understand that the mainstream media really hates Elon Musk (and ‘unfettered free speech’), but they have been making fun of this campaign against him,” wrote Brian Riedl, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute.

“Okay, I give up. How does it conflict with attacking people who don’t agree with defending free speech?” asked podcaster Gerry Callahan. “My God, the smear campaign against Musk hasn’t had a great start”.

“Many people seem to be unfamiliar with the concept of ‘free speech,’” wrote journalist Jonathan Chait.

“A reminder that Idiocracy was not fiction but a documentary,” journalist Nick Gillespie wrote.

“So @ElonMusk is participating in…free speech?” conservative commentator Steven Crowder asked.

“I honestly don’t understand how that’s a contradiction,” wrote award-winning journalist Adam Creighton. “Is Western society going backwards intellectually?”

“I see yesterday was the Let Your Toddler Run Social Day on AP,” journalist Tom Elliott wrote.

“Everyone knows that free speech means you can’t respond to criticism,” Babylon Bee CEO Seth Dillon joked.

“@AP leftists seem to think @ElonMusk using free speech is contrary to free speech,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton wrote.

“Corporate Media: Only we should have free speech,” Rep. Dan Bishop (R-NC) wrote.

“American Pravda: ELON MUSK SAYS HE IS FOR FREE SPEECH. BUT HE USES FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION. WE ARE VERY SMART, RESPECT US,” Ron DeSantis (R) Press Secretary Christina Pushaw wrote.

“It is a sad indictment of the absolute state of our media that the Associated Press doesn’t even understand what ‘free speech’ means,” wrote conservative-libertarian journalist Brad Polumbo.

“Bizarre AP comment here… sort of ‘Musk claims to believe in free speech, but contradicts himself by criticizing his antagonists.’ That makes no sense,” wrote a Twitter user.

Since the reports about Musk’s desire to buy the social media giant, many left-wing personalities on the platform have come into blend mode at the prospect of the self-described free speech absolutist taking over, with many declaring their intention to leave the site in the event of such a sale.

On Friday, Musk reportedly stuck its $44 billion deal to acquire Twitter on hold pending an investigation into bot accounts on the platform.

Follow Joshua Klein on Twitter @JoshuaKlein.

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