Elon Musk’s release of Twitter’s Hunter Biden files, dealing with the company’s collusion with numerous entities to suppress the bombshell laptop story prior to the 2020 election, is the gift that keeps on giving. There are so many emails to sift through and so much to discuss that it’s hard to know where to begin.
With that said, there are two major parts to this. Obviously, Twitter’s role in the partisan corruption that took place is important, and it exposes a rot that still exists at the other major social media companies. On the other side, though, is the role government officials played in possibly violating the rights of Americans by proxy, which could place some in legal peril.
That issue didn’t escape Musk as he publicized all this.
If this isn’t a violation of the Constitution’s First Amendment, what is?
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 3, 2022
On Friday, we learned that the FBI was meeting weekly with social media companies to discuss what accounts and content to suppress. Now, with the release of these files by Twitter, we are learning that Democrats in the House and Senate were also lashing out behind the scenes, and to put it succinctly, what was being said is downright disturbing.
36.Twitter files continued:
“THE FIRST AMENDMENT ISN’T ABSOLUTE”
Szabo’s letter contains chilling passages relaying Democratic lawmakers’ attitudes. They want “more” moderation, and as for the Bill of Rights, it’s “not absolute” pic.twitter.com/cWdNYIprp8
— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) December 3, 2022
The Democrats were in agreement: social media needs to moderate more because their corrupting democracy and making all “truth” relative. When pushed on how the government might insist on that, consistent with the First Amendent, they demurred: “the First Amendment isn’t absolute.”
Not that it was a big secret that the left has zero respect for constitutional rights, but it’s still stunning to see this stuff out in the open. You had Democrat congressional members as well as the Biden campaign running to Twitter to describe what they knew was a factual story as disinformation, demanding that it be censored. Worse, Twitter did their bidding.
That goes well past the public expressions of discontent, which were dishonest enough. The government is not legally permitted to collude with private companies, using them as a tool to violate the rights of Americans. Yet, that’s exactly what appears to have happened here. That it possibly swung a presidential election only adds to the level of malfeasance that took place.
What this boils down to is a small group of political elites who decided they had the moral authority to essentially rig the 2020 election. Who could forget that infamous TIME article admitting as much shortly after Joe Biden’s inauguration? In that sense, Musk’s document dump isn’t telling anything new as much as it is confirming what we’ve known all along.
Most frustrating is the continued reality that there will be no accountability. No one will pay a price for this, and Democrats will just move on to their next underhanded, possibly illegal scheme to hold onto power. Still, there’s immense value in knowing the truth, and the truth is now out there. On that front, Musk has done the country a great service.
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