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When Elon Musk purchased Twitter a year ago, the federal government and its allies embarked on maybe the single most desperate and obvious campaign to destroy a private citizen that’s been undertaken in this country in modern history. Not since Julian Assange began exposing war crimes by the Pentagon has the Left turned on one of its heroes so quickly and with so much vitriol. Like Julian Assange, Musk was a catalyst for public discussions that our leaders simply do not want us to be having. Under Musk, Twitter allowed everyone to speak directly to the people in power. It allowed average Americans to say what they’re actually thinking, free of censorship, at least for the most part. And that’s the one thing the federal government simply cannot permit. So Musk became a villain, virtually overnight.
The turn wasn’t exactly convincing. Indeed, it’s difficult to overstate the extent of the absurdity of this particular smear campaign. They really aren’t even trying to hide it. Joe Biden’s S.E.C. launched an investigation into whether Musk was trying to build himself a “glass house” using money from Tesla — which he single-handedly transformed from near-bankruptcy into the most profitable car company on the planet. Meanwhile the DOJ sued Musk’s company for not hiring enough refugees, which was so absurd on its face that a judge recently shut the whole thing down. And regulators working for the state of California — who have never produced anything remotely useful in their lives — went after Musk because his assembly plants are apparently hotbeds for white supremacy, because some employees supposedly overheard a racial slur or something. At the same time, the media reassured us again and again that Twitter was on the verge of failing. It would collapse during the midterm elections, they told us last year.
None of these attacks were effective because they were either obviously false, or too far removed from Musk himself. The media could claim that some random Tesla factory had racist graffiti in the bathroom, but linking such a heinous fake crime to Musk wasn’t easy to do. That’s why, for the past year, the forces of censorship have been grinding away — trying and utterly failing to land a kill shot on Musk. But all the while, they’ve been waiting for the perfect moment to pounce.
Last week, however, these operatives sensed that they finally had their opening. It all began on November 15, when the following video appeared on X. It’s from a group called the Foundation to Combat Antisemitism, founded by billionaire NFL owner Robert Kraft. Watch:
The thrust of this ad is pretty simple — an older white guy is upset that his young white son is going online and telling people that Hitler did nothing wrong. But this white kid is too cowardly to say any of this to the group of Jewish people walking by. The ad concludes by claiming that 70,000 posts have been made online praising Hitler in the past year, which, we’re led to believe, is somehow shocking. Apparently, this is the only kind of insane thing that people post on the internet. You clearly couldn’t find 70,000 posts saying that white people are evil, or that the world is flat, or that men can have babies. That would just be unheard of.
Regardless, right away, there are some deeper criticisms you can make in response to this ad. For one thing, you might point out that the advertisement’s choice of actors is pretty conspicuous. All the bad guys, once again, are white. We see this phenomenon in pretty much every advertisement these days. Allstate, in particular, goes out of its way to convey that white guys have a propensity for carjacking, which flies in the face of literally every crime statistic that’s been recorded since we had automobiles in this country.
And in this case, once again, the casting is absurd. The reality — as unpleasant as it may be — is that black people commit a wildly disproportionate amount of attacks against Jewish people on the basis of their religion. In New York City, for example, blacks are the assailant in roughly 42% of the documented hate-crime attacks against Jews, in cases where the race of the attacker is known. This is a city where blacks make up less than a quarter of the population. And by the way, these statistics don’t account for how many of the white attackers have Middle Eastern ancestry.
Hearing this, you might object: “Well, just because they chose a white guy to play an antisemite in this one advertisement, that doesn’t mean that they think all white people are antisemitic. They’re not trying to send any kind of message.” But if that’s true, you have to ask: Where are the ads from the Foundation to Combat Antisemitism that address non-white people who are anti semitic? Where’s the ad where a black or Muslim father has to give the talk to his child, and tell him not to go around beating Jews up on the street?
Well, there isn’t one, I checked. That’s why, in response to that video we just played, and referring this trend of Left-wing Jewish groups demonizing white people — which is easily observable, and therefore something you’re not supposed to talk about — an anonymous user on X wrote this: “Okay. Jewish communities have been pushing the exact kind of dialectical hatred against whites that they claim to want people to stop using against them. I’m deeply disinterested in giving the tiniest shit now about western Jewish populations coming to the disturbing realization that those hordes of minorities that support flooding their country don’t exactly like them too much. You want truth said to your face, there it is.”
Musk apparently saw this comment and agreed with it. Here’s what Musk posted in response: “You have said the actual truth.”
You have said the actual truth
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 15, 2023
Musk then elaborated. In a follow-up post about an hour-and-a-half later, Musk wrote, “The ADL unjustly attacks the majority of the West, despite the majority of the West supporting the Jewish people and Israel. This is because they cannot, by their own tenets, criticize the minority groups who are their primary threat. It is not right and needs to stop.”
When another poster explained that not all Jewish communities are involved in this kind of race hatred, Musk answered, “You [are] right that this does not extend to all Jewish communities, but it is also not just limited to ADL.”
Everything about what Musk wrote is clearly reasonable. It doesn’t mean you have to agree with him, but his arguments do make sense. They’re logical and they comport with all the data we have. It’s the kind of thing we should be able to talk about but large corporations and the federal government don’t want you to have interesting conversations like this. They ‘re forbidden. Instead, they want you to shut up and obey. So, one after the other, every major media outlet — from the supposedly conservative Wall Street Journal and Fox News to hard-Left MSNBC and CNN — lined up to accuse Musk of “antisemitism” this week. They accused him of hating Jews, because he criticized a subset of Jews for doing something they ‘re obviously doing. Here’s CBS News:
You’ll notice that nowhere in that CBS report do they provide the context for Musk’s remarks. They don’t show you the advertisement he was responding to. Nor do they show you his follow-up posts which make it clear exactly who and what he’s criticizing.
As Musk stated, when he says “Jewish communities,” he means “Jewish organizations” like the ADL. And it’s obvious that organizations like the ADL and the Foundation to Combat Antisemitism have been pushing a far-Left agenda. That’s not in dispute. But even if Musk had meant “Jewish communities” in the broader sense — which he didn’t — he would still be correct. It’s simply a fact that the Jewish demographic in this country is predominantly liberal. Not all of them, obviously, but a majority.
In 2020, Pew found that 7-in-10 Jewish adults identify with the Democratic Party or lean towards it. Conservatives also often point out that black voters largely vote Democrat, which means they’re voting for the very people who have spent generations destroying their communities by refusing to enforce the law and putting dangerous criminals back on the street. It shouldn’t be considered outrageous or bigoted to point out either of these realities. As a Catholic, if someone noted that a majority of Catholics in this country are liberal on social issues, I would not accuse them of anti-Catholic bigotry. Instead, I’d accuse them of saying something that happens to be true, as much as I wish it weren’t true.
Despite the truth of all of this — or maybe because of it — the outrage “dog pile” continues to grow. The next organization to jump on top was none other than the White House.
Biden’s White House put out a statement claiming that Musk was using the same logic that a mass shooter endorsed, before killing several people at a synagogue in Pittsburgh in 2018. This is how seriously the federal government takes the First Amendment. Say something they don’t like, even if you’re a private citizen, and they’ll put out a statement condemning you and linking you to a mass murderer. That’s how things work in this “free” country of ours.
Next, within hours, the White House’s Soros-funded propagandists at Media Matters predictably got involved. Now we like to have a lot of fun with Media Matters here because they act as our inadvertent PR team by constantly promoting my show, and the other DW shows, in a vain attempt to smear and embarrass us. Yet although the people at Media Matters are a bunch of bumbling clowns, that doesn’t make them any less hideously evil. They are an organization that serves no purpose on Earth other than to defame and silence conservatives. They will lie, slander, take things wildly out of context. There is no tactic too low, too unethical, for them.
They realize, however, that their efforts to cast all conservative voices out into the hinterlands cannot be successful as long as Musk controls one of the biggest social media platforms. Which is why he must be destroyed.
Media Matters didn’t stop with that one article, though. This controversy is like their Super Bowl. They are thrilled. They see it as their one realistic chance to take out Musk. So just a day after Musk’s post about the A.D.L. and other Jewish groups, Media Matters posed a lengthy hit piece about X. The point of this hit piece was to convince advertisers to drop the platform, and bankrupt the company.
To that end, Media Matters specifically alleged that:
As X owner Elon Musk continues his descent into white nationalist and antisemitic conspiracy theories, his social media platform has been placing ads for major brands like Apple, Bravo (NBCUniversal), IBM, Oracle, and Xfinity (Comcast) next to content that touts Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party.
This hit piece was followed by dozens of others. If you go to Media Matters homepage today, you’ll find that all of their featured stories are about Musk.
Predictably — almost as if it was coordinated — a bunch of companies like IBM and Lionsgate and Paramount and Apple responded to this hit piece by suspending their ad campaigns on X. They didn’t even wait for Musk’s response to Media Matters, or any kind of independent investigation whatsoever. They decided to cut off Musk’s entire social media site, because one rabidly Left-wing group claimed that they found some ads next to “objectionable content.”
But it appears that Media Matters isn’t just writing hit pieces. Musk and executives at X looked into what Media Matters’ was claiming. In a statement posted to his account, Musk noted that:
To manipulate the public and advertisers, Media Matters created an alternate account and curated the posts and advertising appearing on the account’s timeline to misinform advertisers about the placement of their posts.
Specifically, a Twitter executive later alleged:
Media Matters created 3 accounts and followed 30 accounts similar to the ones in the article. They then constantly refreshed the timeline of posts (13 times the number of ads served to this user as opposed to the median.) 50 impressions served against the content in the article, out of 5.5 billion served the whole day, points to the fact of how efficiently our model avoids content for advertisers. Data wins over allegations.
In other words, Media Matters appears to have engineered an artificial scenario to slander Musk and X. They didn’t approach this in any kind of impartial way. They weren’t trying to gather information. They were trying to write a malicious hit piece, and cook the data. And they did. They appear to have cost X millions of dollars because of it.
For conservatives, this is a familiar story. This is the part where the Right lies down, and accepts their scolding from the far Left, and goes into hiding, all the while begging their enemies not to call them racist anymore. But, for once, that’s not happening. After gathering all of this data that reveals what Media Matters had done, Musk wrote on X:
The split second court opens on Monday, X Corp will be filing a thermonuclear lawsuit against Media Matters and ALL those who colluded in this fraudulent attack on our company.
Musk added that he’s going after:
Their board, their donors, their network of dark money, all of them.
There are a handful of obvious justifications for a lawsuit by X against Media Matters. For one, they appear to have deliberately interfered with X’s contractual relationship with his advertisers, using fraud and deceit. But what’s maybe more interesting about this lawsuit, aside from the financial ramifications, is what X could learn in discovery. It would be interesting to uncover the potential level of collusion between Media Matters and all these corporate advertisers. It would also be interesting to learn the extent of the Biden administration’s involvement in all of this. Mostly it will be great to see the soulless hacks at Media Matters get punched back by the richest man on the planet. Usually they target people who don’t have the resources to challenge them in court. But if there’s anything Musk has, it’s resources.
The truth is that the system hates Musk for a simple reason. He has provided the one major platform in existence where we can speak freely. That’s why they’re coming after him. He committed the cardinal sin of allowing us to speak. As far as Media Matters is concerned, this is unforgivable. That’s why Musk should, as he’s threatened, sue them into bankruptcy — and also boot them from his platform. After all, they don’t believe that everyone should have access to social media. For once, let’s hold them to their own standard.
If we can do that, then Media Matters and its various cutouts will be destroyed completely. They will never come back. And then the adults in this country can have real conversations about how to make our cities livable again. We can talk about whether it’s wise to endlessly print money to fund foreign wars and pay for useless bureaucrats, while our currency loses value by the day. We can have all the conversations that Leftist activists desperately don’t want us to have.
This is the fight that was inevitable from the day Elon Musk bought Twitter. Now it’s here. And now we need to win it.