There Is No Liberal Media

Where there’s smoke, there’s Space Karen

When it becomes so obvious that even Axios’ morning email thingie notices it, well…

Elon Musk and allies are building a new anti-left media ecosystem almost overnight.

Twitter is not in any way, shape or form The Media. Twitter is a distribution channel. You’d think Axios would know that.

  • Why it matters: It’s as if the New York Times editorial page suddenly flipped to the right.

Got news for ya, bub: the NYTimes editorial page was never on the side of the Left. We submit into evidence Monsignor Ross Douthat, apostolic nuncio to 42nd Street*

With the reins in Musk’s hands, the right is gaining power in online spaces the left once dominated, Axios’ Erica Pandey reports.

  • “The furious and enthusiastic reactions to Musk’s takeover resemble the furious and enthusiastic reactions to presidential races,” writes Ross Douthat, a conservative columnist for the New York Times (subscription).
  • In both cases, Douthat says, “the leadership change really affects how people experience their daily lives,”

Only if their daily lives revolves around mean Tweets, Ross.

Look who’s driving the news on Twitter:

  • Anti-mainstream-media journalists — like Bari Weiss and Matt Taibbi — are driving the narrative, getting the clicks and earning new followers on Musk’s Twitter.
  • They’re thriving in an environment where alternative, anti-left and anti-establishment media has taken center stage.

Space Karen has already turned on fellow thin-skinned Weiss, so let’s see how long this environment lasts.

Look who’s gotten the boot:

  • Twitter suspended a slew of journalists who cover tech and Musk at mainstream media outlets like the New York Times, the Washington Post and CNN on Thursday, alarming free-speech advocates. Many of the suspended accounts were reinstated over the weekend.
  • Taylor Lorenz, a tech columnist for the Washington Post, had her Twitter account suspended late Saturday night after she tweeted requesting Musk’s comment on a story, she writes.
  • Susan Li of Fox Business also got a ban after reporting on the suspensions, she told CNN’s Oliver Darcy.

Elmo’s Law is basically that whatever is he says today is law, and whatever he said yesterday is forgotten. [UPDATE 1: Hat tip in comments.] It is essentially the Divine Right of Kings.

🥊 Reality check: Musk and his allies say they’re pursuing a platform where free speech reigns. But some of his changes to Twitter might reinforce echo chambers.

Axios, you mean the free speech of billionaires. If the little people want free speech they can pony-up $8 Ameros, to do what exactly?

🔎 The intrigue: Musk announced a new potential Twitter feature Saturday that would allow Twitter Blue users — those who subscribe for verified, blue-check-mark accounts — to “downvote” other accounts by muting or blocking them.

And I can hardly wait for the Nazis to turn on each other once they’ve vanquished the Libtard/snowflakes from the platform.

The pattern always is and always shall be that they will start calling each other RINOs and calling for purity tests. They will start by invoking the No True Scotsman rules, because as we all know, conservatism cannot fail, it can only be failed.

I’m putting money down on this.

*Stolen without shame from our pal Yas

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16 Responses to There Is No Liberal Media

  1. He’ll turn the blue jerk into the new r/conservative: Where freedom of speech reigns just so long as it’s the correct speech.

    And nazis always, ALWAYS turn on each other.

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    • tengrain says:

      Amen.

      Thus endeth the lesson.

      Rgds,

      TG

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    • Martin Pollard says:

      I’ve always said that hate needs an enemy to thrive, and when it runs out of enemies, it turns on itself. It’s as inevitable as the sun rising in the east, water being wet, and TFG throwing the contents of his overflowing diaper against the walls.

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  2. Sounds like a lot of self-comforting with the “Nazis turning on each other” stuff. Delusional even, if without action.
    How’s it going to run out of enemies when the so-called “enemies” make excuses to stay/keep providing fodder?

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  3. gruaud says:

    The NYT editorial page has leaned firmly to the right for years. It’s just that compared to, say, the WSJ editorial page, they look like dirty fuckin’ hippies.

    And so it goes.

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  4. MDavis says:

    I clicked that last link and the top post was merchandising… well, about merchandising.
    According to that, Kevin McCarthy is selling red t-shirts emblazoned with the word MORON. There is also a fabulist definition of the word starting with it being a word Nancy Pelosi invented.
    Anything to feel better about yourself make money off the morons rubes, I guess.

    Side note – the most popular platforms so far are mastodon and Post. I can access mastodon without joining up, but post seems, so far, to require account creation in order to access content. Post is pretty popular with the reporters, but I haven’t gotten into any accounts so no clue how it works.

    Substack was presumably already a friendly place to post but I’d bet they have seen an increase in use since the first twitter earthquakes started. Reminds me of Mount St. Helens, although I’d hope reporters going for the up close data collection will come out the other side alive.

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  5. Green Eagle says:

    “Elmo’s Law is basically that whatever is he says today is law, and whatever he said yesterday is forgotten…”

    If you follow Driftglass, and I am sure you do, you will know that this is the principle that must be applied to all mainstream “journalism.”

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    • tengrain says:

      Green Eagle –

      I always, uh, borrow from the best, but actually it was based on Bluegal’s Immutable Law of David Brooks:

      “One must quote what David Brooks wrote today, but never what David Brooks wrote LAST week.”

      Good eye, I should have cited my inspiration.

      Rgds,

      TG

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  6. Redhand says:

    Musk is beginning to really remind me of Trump. He seems just as batshit crazy. Also, Howard Hughes.

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  7. Richard says:

    Twitter is dead. I dont go to places like that to hear what daddy bigbucks 💩 has to say. We are going to have to figure something else out.

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