Douglas Andrews: Musk's Twitter Purchase Starts to Sink In

Douglas Andrews: Musk's Twitter Purchase Starts to Sink In

Updated: 3 months, 12 days, 2 hours, 25 minutes, 53 seconds ago

If you see a Democrat, give him a hug. Maybe buy him a stiff drink. He needs it.

A week that began with bad-and-getting-worse midterm polling data and continued with a series of awful debate performances was capped off last night when Elon Musk officially took control of Twitter and promptly fired several of its top executives.

In doing so, Musk snatched away the speech-suppressing Left’s favorite bullhorn.

Let that sink in. And never again let it be said that an African American can’t get a fair shake in this great country of ours.

Entering Twitter HQ – let that sink in!— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 26, 2022

As Fox Business reports: “The move came after Musk closed his $44 billion deal to takeover over Twitter, capping off a months-long saga that began in April when he originally signed a deal to acquire the company. Musk backed out of the deal in July after accusing the company of failing to provide enough information about bot accounts.”

Those getting the Vaudeville hook last night included CEO Parag Agrawal and CFO Ned Segal, as well as Twitter’s top lawyer and its head of legal policy, trust, and safety, Vijaya Gadde.

Who cares about some corporate lawyer? you ask. Answer: Everyone who cares about free speech. Gadde, you see, was reported to have “played a key role in the contentious decisions to ban Donald Trump and suppress news articles about Hunter Biden’s laptop.”

Adding insult to injury, Musk said he plans to rescind the lifetime bans that Twitter had imposed on a number of outspoken personalities, including Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, Project Veritas Founder James O'Keefe, Steve Bannon, Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos, and, most significantly, former President Donald Trump. (Whether Trump will rejoin Twitter is anyone’s guess. He had quite the following there, but he’s now committed to his own platform, Truth Social.)

There at Twitter HQ in San Francisco, gnashing of teeth and rending of garments reportedly began almost immediately. “I can’t even calculate how much money I’d pay to read the Slack chat of Twitter employees today,” quipped liberty-minded liberal blogger Glenn Greenwald. “Definitely would pay extra to read the thoughts of ‘Content Moderators.’”

The anguish of Twitter’s employees, though, was no doubt shared by everyone on the Left who’d come to rely on this hugely influential platform to suppress the inconvenient speech of those who disagreed with them politically.

“This is fundamentally cruel,” tweeted some former Obama staffer named Juliette Kayyem. “Whatever the masters of the universe are doing with this website, lots and lots of people — not fancy people, just people with kids and houses and vacation plans and who make companies run and rich men richer — will lose their livelihoods.”

We’ll see about that. Musk has grand designs for the company, and he didn’t become the world’s richest man by blowing a spare $44 billion here or there.

Last Thursday, The Washington Post tried to make news by reporting that Musk had told potential investors that he planned to cut nearly 75% of Twitter’s 7,500 workers. That’s apparently not true, according to the New York Post. It seems to us that Twitter employees who can commit to helping their new boss grow the business will be welcomed.

“Twitter obviously cannot become a free-for-all hellscape, where anything can be said with no consequences!” Musk tweeted in a message he posted with the words “Dear Twitter Advertisers.” This, we think, is a good start because Twitter has woefully and pathetically underperformed in the realm of advertising.

If only leftists were more tolerant, none of this would’ve happened. As pundit Frank J. Fleming pointed out: “If you didn’t like The Babylon Bee calling an adult male a man, you could have just not followed them on Twitter. Look what you did.”

Indeed. Look what you did.