With the news of Elon Musk purchasing social media giant Twitter making rounds, at least five liberal media networks owned by billionaires have criticized this attempt by Musk.
Media Run by Billionaires Hypocritical of Musk’s Purchase
The Washington Post was making the loudest noise against Musk’s potential purchase.
Former CEO of Reddit, Ellen K. Pao, wrote in the Washington Post that the takeover of the social media company by the billionaire would be a “bad” approach.
Pao asserted the government should push more legislation to prevent rich people from controlling Americans’ “channels of communication.”
Little did Pao know the newspaper in which Pao was writing was owned by the second richest person in the world, Jeff Bezos. Nash Holdings, a company owned by Bezos, bought the newspaper for $250 million in 2013.
Similarly, Max Boot of the same media outlet stated Musk must be the “last person” to buy Twitter.
The Washington-Compost put out an Op-Ed today against Elon Musk buying Twitter bc Elon Musk is a billionaire and the compost doesn’t think billionaires should own social media companies. But the owner of the compost, Jeff Bezo’s, is a gazillionaire. Hypocritical much.
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Another left columnist, Eugene Robinson, wrote in the Washington Post that Musk’s takeover of Twitter could help people finally get rid of the app and back to their real lives.
The Atlantic is another left-leaning media network worried about Elon Musk getting Twitter with a $43 billion deal.
An Atlantic writer labeled Musk a “billionaire bulls—-er,” noting only his wealth is making this deal possible.
Similarly, Felix Salmon, a liberal writer at the Atlantic, claimed many journalists work at Twitter and do not want to do this work under Musk’s private playpen.
The widow of tech giant Steve Jobs, Laurene Powell Jobs, bought major shares of the Atlantic back in 2017. This means the channel is owned by a billionaire, but is spitting venom against another billionaire.
Powell Jobs is a veteran Democrat as she campaigned against Donald Trump back in the 2016 presidential election. Not only this, but she donated $713,400 to Biden’s campaign in the 2020 presidential election.
TIME, another liberal media outlet, is no different.
Anand Giridharadas, the editor of TIME, wrote people like Musk try to translate their business riches into political power, which allows them to control the narrative.
Unsurprisingly, this media giant is also owned by billionaire Marc Benioff and his wife, who bought the network for $190 million in 2018.
Bloomberg and TIME Played Their Role In Targeting Musk
Bloomberg is yet another channel that does not want Musk to purchase Twitter.
Mike Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York and a billionaire businessman, is the owner of this media company.
On a private Twitter platform, Musk will be in charge of memes while his other partner will control finances, columnist at Bloomberg, Matt Levine, asserted.
Back when Bloomberg ran for president in 2020, the media channel announced it would not be critical of any Democratic candidate within the primary election.
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Los Angeles Times is also a part of targeting Musk, even though the media outlet is owned by biotech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong.
One of the pieces in the network claimed Musk’s potential takeover would be “troubling for democracy.”