President of media watchdog group lambastes everyone involved in Twitter deal meltdown

You can blame Elon Musk the most. But you can also point fingers at media that are credulous to the point of slavishness when it comes to Musk. You can also blame Wall Street analysts who also believed Musk despite his well-known record of chicanery online and in the press. And you can point fingers at the leadership of Twitter, which cared not one whit for employees and shareholders when they began this gross exercise in malfeasance.

As Angelo Carusone, president of Media Matters, said so eloquently:

From the outset, Elon Musk’s attempt to take over Twitter was about advancing his own red-pilled ideological agenda. He was explicit about his intentions, which is why right-wing extremists celebrated the news.

If Musk was to acquire Twitter and follow through with even a fraction of what he had promised to do, Twitter would become a supercharged engine of radicalization.

The seeds of this implosion were sowed months ago when Musk, reveling in right-wing media attention, made it clear that he would roll back Twitter’s community standards and safety guidelines, which would turn the platform into a fever swamp of dangerous conspiracy theories, partisan chicanery, and white supremacist radicalization.

With the announcement today that Musk is bailing on the deal, this dark future is now one step closer to being prevented.

Despite what Musk may claim, this deal isn’t ending because of Twitter bots or spam accounts. This deal is collapsing because of Elon Musk’s own erratic behavior, embrace of extremists, and bad business decisions.

Advertisers took notice, largely as the result of pressure from activists and community leaders, and made it clear they would not pay for Musk’s ideological fantasy. This is a critical win in the fight against disinformation online — one that we should all celebrate.

Twitter shareholders, on the other hand, should be furious. The simple fact is that Twitter’s board of directors and executive leadership team acted irresponsibly and incompetently. They got into bed with a madman and significantly harmed shareholder value as a result.

There will be lawsuits. Oh so many lawsuits. Lawyers getting so rich.

But at least Musk has finally been exposed as the charlatan he has always been.

One should never pass up the chance to run a picture of Musk before he got hair plugs. Even his hairline is fake.

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