MSNBC’s Ari Melber expressed concern Monday that elections could be swayed through censorship while lamenting Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter.
Reacting to the news that Twitter’s board agreed to sell the social media platform to Musk for $44 billion, Melber told viewers to pay attention since “the world’s richest person, who is very good at accumulating wealth and power, thinks this is worth spending tens of billions of dollars on because, frankly, he thinks it’s that valuable and he thinks it may help him.”
“Trump, by the way, today is claiming that he won’t even return to Twitter if the ban were lifted but few take what Donald Trump says seriously on that score,” Melber said. “So, what is happening here? This is far bigger than Trump or Elon Musk. They are symptoms of the world we are living in where technology has outpaced any of our ability to deal with it.”
Melber then said he worries that Musk won’t “have to explain” himself since he is the sole owner of Twitter.
“You don’t even have to be transparent,” Melber continued before bringing up possible election interference.
“You could secretly ban one party’s candidate, or all of its candidates, all of its nominees, or you could just secretly turn down the reach of their stuff and turn up the reach of something else and the rest of us might not even find out about it until after the elections.”
“Elon Musk says this is all to help people because he is just a free speech, philosophically clear open minded helper, a world helper, if you will. Is that true? Should you take him at his word?”
Outkick founder Clay Travis mocked Melber’s segment.
“MSNBC ‘talent’ suddenly realizes the owners of Twitter can rig the entire site. This is amazing to watch. Does he not realize all of this was done to Republicans?”
Digital strategist Greg Price asked a “serious question.”
This is an excerpt from the Daily Caller.
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