Posted BY: S.R. Piccoli
Just a few days ago, as many will remember, Elon Musk trolled CNN by posting on Twitter a meme with a fake headline attributed to the cable news network. The image included a screenshot of anchor Don Lemon next to a stock photo of Musk. The headline read, “CNN: Elon Musk could threaten free speech on Twitter by literally allowing people to speak freely.” Needless to say, CNN’s public relations department quickly posted a screenshot of Musk’s tweet, which included a disclaimer saying that the tweet was in violation of Twitter’s rules. In response, Musk brushed off CNN’s response, tweeting: “Lmaoooo.” Those are the initials for “laughing my a– off.”
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In addition to being funny, the episode was also in some ways incredibly meaningful and emblematic. In other words, the “fake headline” was not so fake. On the contrary, it was a brutal and effective synthesis of the way liberals, leftists, and progressives approach the issue of freedom of speech. They put things less crudely; they are so often sophisticated intellectuals who speak elegantly and like to dance around things instead of getting straight to the point. But the final result is always the same.