July 1, 2022

The Associated Press called out for not understanding the meaning of free speech

The Associated Press was roasted by conservatives for allegedly not understanding the concept of freedom of speech after the news organization seemed to attack Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

According to a report by Breitbart News, the wire service took exception to Musk’s “contradiction” of purporting to defend free speech while using Twitter’s platform to criticize others.

The AP spoke of Musk’s “manic ambition,” an essay published Wednesday titled, “Elon Musk, an erratic visionary, revels in contradiction,” where they said that the billionaire “thrives on contradiction.”

“Elon Musk boasts that he’s acquiring Twitter to defend freedom of speech. But he has long used the platform to attack those who disagree with him,” the New York-based news agency wrote in their tweet containing a link to the article.

Additionally, the essay alleges that the SpaceX founder has “disdain for public officials who challenge him,” and points out his previous confrontations “with health officials who limited staffing at the California factory to prevent the spread of COVID, calling stay-at-home orders ‘fascist.’” Musk is also described as someone who “seems to relish taunting regulators.”

This caused a rash of tweets, calling out the prolific wire service with individuals like Rhode Island Republican Rep. Mike Chippendale saying, “So what you’re saying is the SOB is speaking freely?”

“I understand the traditional media really hates Elon Musk (and ‘unfettered free speech’), but they have been beclowning themselves on this campaign against him,” wrote Brian Riedl, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute.

“OK, I give up. How does attacking people who disagree with you conflict with defending free speech?” asked Podcaster Gerry Callahan. “My God, the smear campaign against Musk isn’t off to a great start.”

“Lots of people seem to be unfamiliar with the concept of ‘free speech,’” wrote journalist Jonathan Chait.

“A reminder that Idiocracy wasn’t fiction but a documentary,” wrote journalist Nick Gillespie.

“So @ElonMusk is engaging in… free speech?” asked conservative commentator Steven Crowder.

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