Just as Democrats were trying to downplay the rampant antisemitism in their ranks, what happens? Elon Musk, who has lately become something of a darling on the right, suddenly becomes the poster boy for antisemitism. This is how the left works.
This latest twist started when Media Matters — the George Soros-backed media “watchdog” — released a report claiming that ads for major corporations were appearing next to antisemitic and white supremacist content.
This is a two-fer for the left. It both attacks Musk — whom the left now hates because he stopped Twitter’s side hustle as the federal government censor — and it takes the spotlight off the left’s virulent antisemitism on display after the Hamas attacks.
As soon as Musk took over Twitter and promised to live up to the company’s “free speech wing of the free speech party” mantra, the left went into fits of hysterics.
Media Matters puts it, “Musk has opened the floodgates to hateful content.” Really? Because Twitter was pure as the driven snow before Musk?
We seem to recall that “blue check” leftists had free reign to say whatever they wanted about conservatives on Twitter, up to and including calls for their assassination. After Donald Trump took office, to cite just one example, “assassinate Trump” was showing up all over Twitter. When Twitter banned Trump before Musk bought the company, it let Ayatollah Ali Khamenei continue to incite hate and violence on its platform. Etc., etc.
What companies’ ads were appearing next to this hate speech? Nobody cared.
Media Matters’ sole mission is to demonetize conservatives by scaring away advertisers from being associated with “controversial” voices. The attack on X was worse, however, because Media Matters essentially invented this “crisis” in order to exploit it.
- 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. These contrived experiences could be applied to any platform.
- Once they curated their feed, they repeatedly refreshed their timelines to find a rare instance of ads serving next to the content they chose to follow. Our logs indicate that they forced a scenario resulting in 13 times the number of ads served compared to the median ads served to an X user.
This is the online equivalent to CBS News staging the “sudden acceleration” of the Audi 5000 back in 1986 to make it seem like a real problem, when it was actually the result of driver error.
But no matter how contrived, Media Matters’ campaign was enough for several major, and increasingly woke, companies to pull their ads from X. (Musk has filed suit against Media Matters, and we can only hope he succeeds.)
Musk also came under fire for a poorly worded tweet that the left, including Media Matters, jumped on as evidence that he had “openly endorsed” an “antisemitic conspiracy theory that Jews are conspiring to replace white Americans with minority immigrants.”
Never mind that Musk followed that offending post with several that clarified what he meant, including that “The [Anti-Defamation League] unjustly attacks the majority of the West, despite the majority of the West supporting the Jewish people and Israel.”
As Ben Shapiro — an orthodox Jew — explained, “There are a lot of liberal Jewish organizations that supported a lot of the same policies that have now imported a lot of people who really hate Jews and Westerners into the West.”
In other words, it was much ado about nothing.
But the moral gymnastics on display by the left to make it front-page news are a marvel.
When students and faculty celebrated Hamas’ genocidal butchery against Israel, the left said it was all about free speech and understanding the plight of the “Palestinian” people. When a far-left Michigan congresswoman spewed the genocidal slogan “from the river to the sea,” she was given a pass.
But a poorly worded tweet by Musk just days later and it’s “OMG, antisemitism!”
One thing everyone needs to understand, and which this latest news is but one example, is that the left will never, ever, concede anything. And it will use whatever means necessary to score points and win.
— Written by the I&I Editorial Board