Journalist and media commentator Dave Rubin started a Twitter thread discussing the tremendous influence that Google and YouTube have on the nation’s politics.
“Let me get ahead of this one right now….” Rubin tweeted. “I think YouTube’s (and Google’s) manipulation for political purposes is FAR worse than Twitter’s, and we might find out as @rumblevideo will get discovery in its lawsuit against Google.”
One user suggested Musk try to buy Substack, a subscription-based platform used by many influential journalists.
“You would have the information layer with Twitter and the narrative layer. Corporate media would then have specialized reporting on government leaks from ‘people familiar with the matter,’” the user said.
Musk responded by saying: “I’m open to the idea.”
Earlier in December, Musk suggested he could try to buy Wikipedia but was informed it was not for sale by its founder, Jimmy Wales.
The “Twitter Files,” a series of releases on Twitter showing the prior regime’s coordination between Big Tech and U.S. government agencies, has been spearheaded by several notable journalists, such as Matt Taibbi, Bari Weiss, and Michael Shellenberger. The subsequent Fauci Files and forthcoming Covid Files have additionally spurred independent journalistic accountability that has been denied by corporate media and the U.S. Congress.
On Wednesday, Musk dropped a ‘Fauci bomb’ that exposed Twitter’s extreme bias on Covid issues:
“Almost no one seems to realize that the head of bioethics at NIH – the person who is supposed to make sure that Fauci behaves ethically – is his wife. ‘Gain-of-function’ in this context is just another way of saying ‘bioweapon… important to note that Fauci authored a 2012 paper arguing for gain-of-function research! Obama wisely put this on pause, but Fauci restarted it… despite these glaring issues, Twitter nonetheless had an internal Slack channel unironically called ‘Fauci Fan Club,’” he added.
Dr. Pierry Cory, in a Twitter Spaces on Wednesday, praised Twitter for providing a forum for physicians and policy critics to discuss the pervasive bias in medicine, which would help correct the “information asymmetry” perpetuated by the mainstream media and in medical journals.
Elon Musk also fired a warning shot to the corporate media about his mission to protect free speech and develop a forum for actual journalism. His response came after an attack by Axios reporter Hope King on CNBC, who said that his “reputation is in danger.”
“The legacy media should worry about its reputation,” Musk retorted. “We have only just begun.”