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December 03, 2022

Musk Provides Twitter Censorship Files

In October 2020 the New York Post published private porn and business details it had retrieved from Hunter Biden's laptop. Emails found on it proved that Joe Biden, despite his claims otherwise, had manipulated the Ukrainian government in service of the gas company Burisma, which was paying his son's company for such lobbying.

The librul media and the Democratic party launched a censorship and denial campaign to suppress the news about the laptop. They called it 'Russian disinformation'. A court later verified that the content of the laptop was genuine.

When the story broke Twitter prominently prohibited and suppressed all links to the New York Post story.

Elon Musk, who has recently bought Twitter, has given the relevant internal Twitter communication to muckraker Matt Taibbi who then tweeted the story:

Matt Taibbi @mtaibbi - 11:34 UTC · Dec 3, 2022


3. The “Twitter Files” tell an incredible story from inside one of the world’s largest and most influential social media platforms. It is a Frankensteinian tale of a human-built mechanism grown out the control of its designer.
5. In an early conception, Twitter more than lived up to its mission statement, giving people “the power to create and share ideas and information instantly, without barriers.”

6. As time progressed, however, the company was slowly forced to add those barriers. Some of the first tools for controlling speech were designed to combat the likes of spam and financial fraudsters.
8. By 2020, requests from connected actors to delete tweets were routine. One executive would write to another: “More to review from the Biden team.” The reply would come back: “Handled.”
11. This system wasn't balanced. It was based on contacts. Because Twitter was and is overwhelmingly staffed by people of one political orientation, there were more channels, more ways to complain, open to the left (well, Democrats) than the right.
18. Twitter took extraordinary steps to suppress the [Hunter Biden laptop] story, removing links and posting warnings that it may be “unsafe.” They even blocked its transmission via direct message, a tool hitherto reserved for extreme cases, e.g. child pornography.
23. The decision was made at the highest levels of the company, but without the knowledge of CEO Jack Dorsey, with former head of legal, policy and trust Vijaya Gadde playing a key role.

24. “They just freelanced it,” is how one former employee characterized the decision. “Hacking was the excuse, but within a few hours, pretty much everyone realized that wasn’t going to hold. But no one had the guts to reverse it.”

25. You can see the confusion in the following lengthy exchange, which ends up including Gadde and former Trust and safety chief Yoel Roth. Comms official Trenton Kennedy writes, “I'm struggling to understand the policy basis for marking this as unsafe”: Image

26. By this point “everyone knew this was fucked,” said one former employee, but the response was essentially to err on the side of… continuing to err.
An amazing subplot of the Twitter/Hunter Biden laptop affair was how much was done without the knowledge of CEO Jack Dorsey, and how long it took for the situation to get "unfucked" (as one ex-employee put it) even after Dorsey jumped in.

Before the election Biden's election gang was colluding with Twitter to suppress bad news about Biden and positive new about Trump. They continued to heavily influence Twitter and Facebook after the election was over. The one sided news about Ukraine in the media and online is part of this.

The Intercept also censored its reporting about the laptop and Biden's corruption. Glenn Greenwald resigned over it. Other companies from the Democrat aligned tech circus joined in and librul media ignored or obfuscated the story.

Laying out the laptop story in full would probably have cost Joe Biden the presidency. The media censorship was thus a direct intervention in the election process.

Taibbi will report more on that story. Musk has fired the people at Twitter who took that decision.

The libruls now fear to lose the tool of partisan censorship they had with Twitter. Elon Musk's involvement has led to a campaign by librul media against a presumed new 'lack of censorship' by Twitter:

Hate Speech’s Rise on Twitter Is Unprecedented, Researchers Find - New York Times

Slurs against gay men appeared on Twitter 2,506 times a day on average before Mr. Musk took over. Afterward, their use rose to 3,964 times a day.

And antisemitic posts referring to Jews or Judaism soared more than 61 percent in the two weeks after Mr. Musk acquired the site.

These findings — from the Center for Countering Digital Hate, the Anti-Defamation League and other groups that study online platforms — provide the most comprehensive picture to date of how conversations on Twitter have changed since Mr. Musk completed his $44 billion deal for the company in late October. While the numbers are relatively small, researchers said the increases were atypically high.

Twitter processes roughly 500 million tweets per day. The slurs against gay men have thus increased from 0.0005% to 0.0008% of all tweets. They are just white background noise that decreases or increases with the news or weather of the day. Even at a higher rate such tweets would not be a problem. One does not have to follow those who issues the slurs and one can block them from ones timeline.

The Times only launched the story to regain the Democrats' control of the censoring instrument that Twitter had become.

Glenn Greenwald @ggreenwald - 21:12 UTC · Dec 3, 2022

The sleazy, pro-censorship pack of liberal employees of media corporations united last night to attack @mtaibbi -- as they do to any journalist who breaks a real story about real power centers -- and, because they were so desperate to discredit it, showed what they are. Watch: ...

Biden's election proved the usefulness of such a tool. The campaign against Musk's Twitter will thereby likely intensify. So will his effort to fight back.

More popcorn please.

Posted by b on December 3, 2022 at 15:42 UTC | Permalink

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If Musk was serious (or actually independent, for that matter), he would have dumped the whole lot and let all of the public sleuths have at it. Instead, he filters it through Taibbi.


Posted by: Cato the Uncensored | Dec 3 2022 15:54 utc | 1

thanks b! great story.. kudos to musk for passing it onto matt taibbi..

everything is so politicized in the usa today into this binary thinking.. what role is the intel community playing in it all? seems like they are driving it.. i look forward to more revelations and the fall out from this, although as you point out - they are already working to discredit twitter - hard - when they really ought to be discrediting the rampant censorship and dishonesty...

Posted by: james | Dec 3 2022 15:59 utc | 2

Calling Matt Taibbi a "muckracker" is scandalously ill informed. He is one of the best independent journalists in the US. Check out his substack.

He is the one who wrote (while at Rolling Stone) the definitive takedown of the corrupt US banking / political system after the 2008 morgage loan / housing crisis: "The world's most powerful investment bank [Goldman Sachs] is a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money." (Although in fairness to Matt, he wishes people would move on from the "vampire squid" phrase!)

Seriously, check out his work.

Posted by: forceOfHabit | Dec 3 2022 16:00 utc | 3

Posted by: forceOfHabit | Dec 3 2022 16:00 utc | 3

Muckraker has a different connotation to what it was originally. They were journos of very high integrity , bravery and generally worked before the 1920s. I believe this is the correct connotation.

Posted by: Brother Ma | Dec 3 2022 16:03 utc | 4

@ forceOfHabit | Dec 3 2022 16:00 utc | 3

the word muckracker seems to have both positive and negative connotations.. personally i think matts work is awesome..

Posted by: james | Dec 3 2022 16:05 utc | 5

I read today - on Twitter, of course - that actor James Woods had one of his tweets censored on orders from the Biden team, apparently, and he plans to sue the DNC over it.


BREAKING: James Woods just went NUCLEAR on Tucker Carlson's Show.

Announces he is SUING the DNC. He said "I'm coming for you".

Just today:

James Woods @RealJamesWoods
Agree. How would you like to fund a class action suit for those who were suppressed? I’ll be happy to be lead plaintiff. Thank you, @elonmusk

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | Dec 3 2022 16:09 utc | 6

First post is a troll post designed to derail/divert thread from the real issue, which is the use of Twitter to derail the election in favor of the Biden regime.

Posted by: Perimetr | Dec 3 2022 16:10 utc | 7

Limited hangout, until demonstrated & proven otherwise.

Musk is just another "boy-garage-genius" bought & paid for by the deep state. No way he became a billionaire without significant help in high places And a follower of satan to boot. 🤷

Posted by: Mary | Dec 3 2022 16:12 utc | 8

Ho ho ho. Thank you b.

Posted by: Outraged | Dec 3 2022 16:14 utc | 9

I bet it was those 26? US spooks who certified that it was all Russian disinformation “Lies! All lies !I tell you !” who did the research on how the Russian Ruble would become ruble. Hahah

Fancy Ex Mossad PsyOps guru Yael Roth telling us how they abuse process -lie ,cheat,obfuscate - by just putting up “security warnings” . Who would have thought ? Yep , and Mossad doesn’t influence US elections or blackmail US politicians via Epstein kiddy -porn Diary, didn’t you know that ?

Posted by: Brother Ma | Dec 3 2022 16:17 utc | 10

so, uhh twitter didnt delete the incriminating evidence in the months they had to prepare?

yah yah yah troll troll troll jeez

I think its a legitimate concern, at least worth of paranoid introspection. I hope its just some rouge employee saved the data and gave it to Musk later, otherwise its tainted, because god damn nailing Biden's sleaziness would be great.

Posted by: neofeudalfuture | Dec 3 2022 16:17 utc | 11

Do not be fooled. This is a limited hangout

To know more about what that is, here's the video from redacted.

Limited Hangout and Laundering of Censorship

In short, a limited hangout is limited revelations of a broader truth so the public stops asking questions, while that broader truth is still hidden from the public.

The most important question that came to my mind about the "Twitter Files" limited hangout is, why was Twitter taking orders from the DNC in the first place? What's in it for them?

Well, we didn't get to hear THAT part, did we?

The rabbit hole is far deeper than it seems.

Don't be fooled by limited hangouts. Keep asking questions.

Posted by: FieryButMostPeaceful | Dec 3 2022 16:19 utc | 12

Kinda like watching a ping pong match...

Posted by: Josh | Dec 3 2022 16:21 utc | 13

Posted by: james | Dec 3 2022 16:05 utc | 5

Posted by: forceOfHabit | Dec 3 2022 16:00 utc | 3

I agree with you, that is what I am saying . His (Taibbi’s) work is brave and full of integrity.

Posted by: Brother Ma | Dec 3 2022 16:22 utc | 14

Posted by: FieryButMostPeaceful | Dec 3 2022 16:19 utc | 12

Same as always; money, power, influence, a seat at the table , all the sweeter as they are a self -selecting group with similar political aims and views.

Posted by: Brother Ma | Dec 3 2022 16:26 utc | 15

I call BS on The Times' "hate speech" numbers. How da fuq do they know what text is contained in 500 million per day tweets? They decide on the result and then conjure up the supporting data out of thin air.

Posted by: polyhedral | Dec 3 2022 16:28 utc | 16

@ Brother Ma | Dec 3 2022 16:22 utc | 14

thanks.. i didn't see your post before i posted! cheers..

Posted by: james | Dec 3 2022 16:29 utc | 17

Unless there are real political consequences from this revelation, it is all theater designed to get another 'elite'-supported president in place, Biden is out.

But there will likely not be any real consequences.

Posted by: Norwegian | Dec 3 2022 16:37 utc | 18

It's a slow process where factual veracity begins to dawn for those who listen to wealthy quacks like Gates and Zuckerberg. The attempt to find some vestiges of their former narrative to be still "true" is strong, but is increasingly difficult as conspiracy "theory" becomes conspiracy FACT.

Science/truth is funny like that, eventually the facts come out. Autocrats since Copernicus and Da Vinci have struggled to square science with their "narrative". But if one looks outside "dark ages" Europe, most other civilizations had a much more realistic view of things from a much earlier date.

And I'm sure many here still view me as some sort of crackpot. Fine, but it will be interesting to see them all fulfill Schopenhauer's 3rd dictum of truth: "It is accepted as self-evident".

But many MoA posters, whether paid or true believers, are stuck in the a loop of 1)violently opposing and 2)ridiculing what inevitably will turn out to be true.

But they think that if they keep looping phases 1 and 2 long enough, that the audience won't notice they skipped admitting 3) self evident about info that was self evident FROM THE BEGINNING.

Posted by: Old canadian | Dec 3 2022 16:37 utc | 19

I agree that Taibbi has a pretty good record record on many issues. But he is pretty bad when it comes to Russia. He
began his career while living in St Petersburg in the 1990s. He witnessed the terrible corruption that characterized the Yeltsin years and has always considered Putin as one of the crooks. Matt is a big supporter of Pussyriot and backs their campaign against modern Russia. Today he hasn't said too much about Ukraine but he has in recent months attacked the current Russian government. I think he is losing readers because of this, at least among those on the real left.

Posted by: Toivos | Dec 3 2022 16:52 utc | 20

Maybe GOPers should at long last start their own US-Maidan, rise in army against the government, and begin to shoot on sight such pro-censosrship journo lowlifes. Full-blown civil war can't come soon enough to this bloody country.

Posted by: Clueless Joe | Dec 3 2022 16:58 utc | 21

I wonder if there are Brock-like funds to go after the likes of Taiibi too.


David Brock, Clintons agitprop man, zeroes in to rescue the Bidens VOLTAIRE NETWORK | 2 DECEMBER 2022

David Brock, the Clintons’ henchman who left the limelight after suffering a heart attack, is back. During the next two years, at the helm Facts First USA, he will have 10 million dollars at his disposal to discredit congressional investigators who will try to shed light on the Hunter Biden affair.

In February 2017, Thierry Meyssan had revealed the means and the campaign deployed by David Brock against Donald Trump [1]. The aim was to disparage the president-elect, even before he moved into the White House, by portraying him as a white supremacist under Russian influence. This gigantic international campaign was partially successful, giving rise to two Congressional procedures to impeach his target.

David Brock’s method is a very dangerous one: by accumulating the charges, which are in general totally fabricated, the Clintons intend to cast suspicion on the people who are likely to destabilize President Biden, regardless of who they are. Their game may ultimately undermine the authority of institutions without anyone being able to restore them. It is in this way that the German socialists themselves destroyed the Weimar Republic (1918-33) in the belief that they were protecting it, thus paving the way for Nazism.

Posted by: suzan | Dec 3 2022 17:03 utc | 22

Too clever by half. It will keep the truth-driven justice-believers appeased without losing much core support by folks who deem it irrelevant. And they would both be right...too little, too late. The truth-agnostic ambitious-agenda folks know it works every time. Those who care are carefully quarantined into small ineffectual niches. The vigor of these groups is gradually lost in a quagmire of false righteousness that always self destructs.

Posted by: Justin | Dec 3 2022 17:05 utc | 23

The worry here is if people start thinking the Republicans are the good guys. All the main parties in virtually all western nations are cut from the same cloth.

Posted by: D J G | Dec 3 2022 17:25 utc | 24

Remember that Musk was forced to buy Twitter by the Delaware Court of Chancery.

Do not ascribe any motive to Twitter events other than Musk acting out like the petulant narcissist that he is.

Investment banks still hold tens of billions of dollars underwater in Twitter debt from doing the Musk deal. Debt that they would like to resell but can't at the current discount.

Silicon Valley has been trash for decades. Watching Musk crash their clown cars is hilarious.

Posted by: too scents | Dec 3 2022 17:27 utc | 25

A muckraker is a hero in journalism. Always has been since the days of the Populists and Progressives.
Its only a pejorative in the eyes of the robber barons and oligarchs (and presstitutes) muckrakers fearlessly expose.

Posted by: bevin | Dec 3 2022 17:30 utc | 26

What you won't get to hear about are the FBI/NSA connections to twitter, because Elon Musk knows better than to go there.

Posted by: Gt Stroller | Dec 3 2022 17:31 utc | 27

"23. The decision was made at the highest levels of the company, but without the knowledge of CEO Jack Dorsey, with former head of legal, policy and trust Vijaya Gadde playing a key role."

Wondering how Vijaya could be making big decisions without Jack knowing.

Posted by: dh | Dec 3 2022 17:33 utc | 28

Below is the title of a current ZH posting

MSM Journos Have Meltdown Over Taibbi-Twitter Biden Bombshell

Too many tweets to provide quotes....

It will be interesting to observe this meltdown Tabbi is being castigated for working for "the richest man in the world" instead of talking about the information being exposed and what it means.......shoot the messenger.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Dec 3 2022 17:38 utc | 29

"But there will likely not be any real consequences." Norwegian@18

There will be consequences, that much is very clear. What they are, though, is less easy to discern.
The corruption in Ukraine, is the key story.
Essentially the world is on the brink of nuclear war because Joe Biden, having persuaded Obama to hand him responsibility, used his power to help his son get rich and make money himself. The recent crypto exchange bust is obviously related- all chances of Maidan leading anywhere but down into fascism were lost because the Biden supported oligarchs were confirmed in their power and protected from corruption charges.
It might easily have been quite different. Between them the Russian speaking regions and the remnants of Ukraine's socialist and communist traditions were well placed to exert influence after 2015. The influence of outlier Galicia was marginal, as the Presidential election results showed. But Biden's influence, US influence, enabled the fascists to fill a power vacuum in Kiev.

It is a long story but the extent of the Democrats corruption is being confirmed : it is what you would expect from a political culture that goes back to the Clintons, throws up (vomits) candidates like Delaware Joe and tells the world that it is a private club and makes its own rules.
It always was, from Day One.

Well done Elon-Queens University is proud of you.

Posted by: bevin | Dec 3 2022 17:47 utc | 30

@bevin | Dec 3 2022 17:47 utc | 30

It is a long story but the extent of the Democrats corruption is being confirmed
For sure, but I will believe the consequences (for them) when I see it.

Posted by: Norwegian | Dec 3 2022 18:11 utc | 31

Although Attourney General (and Senator elect) of Missouri, Eric Schmitt took an affidavit from an FBI agent last week which indicates censorship.

"Chan stated that the FBI regularly sent social media companies lists of URLs and social media accounts that should be taken down because they were disinformation from “malign foreign influence operations.” The FBI then inquired whether the platforms have taken down the content.
"On many occasions, the platforms took down the accounts flagged by the FBI."

Posted by: Gt Stroller | Dec 3 2022 18:14 utc | 32

Posted by: james | Dec 3 2022 16:05 utc | 5

Taibbi is nothing but a handyman/stooge for billionaires. Muckraker my ass!

Posted by: v | Dec 3 2022 18:21 utc | 33

@ v | Dec 3 2022 18:21 utc | 33

everybody needs a gig, lol.... i think taibbi has a lot of integrity myself, but we can agree to disagree.. cheers..

Posted by: james | Dec 3 2022 18:29 utc | 34

Taibbi is nothing but a handyman/stooge for billionaires.
Posted by: v | Dec 3 2022 18:21 utc | 33

Never mind the message about violation of the constitution by the President and his team; shoot the messenger. Quick!

Posted by: Gt Stroller | Dec 3 2022 18:32 utc | 35

Taibbi: "In an early conception, Twitter more than lived up to its mission statement, giving people “the power to create and share ideas and information instantly, without barriers.”

Baloney. A 140 character limit did not give the power for people to create and share a chocolate cookie recipe. Or a how to do anything.

Posted by: Elmagnostic | Dec 3 2022 18:37 utc | 36

nothing like a good ol' tard fight!

crypto sucker and coup enthusiast musk vs fugly site people will make fun of in ten years (remember myspace?). whoever loses we're all winners!

this is hardly a revelation, though. everyone who wasn't a gaping hole filled with MSM poo knew the laptop was real and that it was openly supressed. the real question this and other events have raised is: why does anyone give a shit about twitter and why are there so few social media sites to choose from?

we have 8,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 streaming services (that people have to pay for) yet for the internet it's the old folks' home of GramGramandNanaBook or the ghetto of twitter. rumble and other "free speech" (as in: say "n_ggers" and not get banned) outlets are too niche and only appeal to the types who take jordan peterson seriously.

whatever. i quit twitter on trump's election tastes better, the air smells fresher and i don't have guys in dresses calling me "literul hitlur" for refusing to say "she". the internet used to be for avoiding basic people before someone thought "let's make it easy to use". asshole. let's go back to the good ol' days.

Posted by: the pair | Dec 3 2022 18:38 utc | 37

This will help get DeSantis into office in 2024. Then it will be time to start smearing him so that he is replaced by some democrat in 2028.

Every major US investigation is carefully staged to only hit targets of 1 political party. Very few will go to jail. Republicans will believe that this 100% proves that democrats are the enemy of the US, and democrats will consider it a bunch of crap.

The person who called for this to turn into a civil war in the US might get his wish. Not sure that the results of this would be good. It SHOULD get us out of Ukraine and Taiwan!

Posted by: Woke American | Dec 3 2022 18:39 utc | 38

one more thought: as greenwald unleashes a 1,000 tweet truth storm to tell us "Watter Was Wet After A11!!!!" he says hunter's drug use and whoremongering is "irrelevant". sure...the illicit behavior of the son of a notorious sex pest who got elected during the "me too" movement and who also penned, pushed and passed anti-drug laws that locked up countless poor people shouldn't be a focal point AT ALL. f_cking wuss.

Posted by: the pair | Dec 3 2022 18:52 utc | 39

whoremongering is "irrelevant"
Posted by: the pair | Dec 3 2022 18:52 utc | 39


It should be reported from all sides. Start with lost Epstein videos.

And of course Musk himself is involved.

Burn. It. All. Down.

Posted by: too scents | Dec 3 2022 19:03 utc | 40

Reading this post by Bernhard in Germany on the issues of governance and politics and power and money and free speech around yet another 'our world' defining American invention, product, and company, on Google's servers, on a website dedicated to worship of all things Russia, and hate for all things American, brings a happy tear of satisfaction to this American's eyes.

What a fucking great country we are. Can you imagine this happening in Russia or China or Iran or NK or any other "better country"?

Haters will hate, but there really is nothing like America. Even when we're fucking up we're awesome.

Posted by: only-in-america | Dec 3 2022 19:15 utc | 41

@ only-in-america | Dec 3 2022 19:15 utc | 41

is that you nemesis calling? lol... maga!

Posted by: james | Dec 3 2022 19:24 utc | 42

If Musk does something, then someone higher up has approved.

Posted by: Passerby | Dec 3 2022 19:24 utc | 43

I wish a U.S. President would do the same

My dream is that a U.S. President would read all of the govt's secret files and reveal to the public, the truth about Syria and other places we have destroyed. I am actually amazed at how few secrets are made public between Administrations.

BTW I have no desire to see them divulge info that would threaten the actual security of the U.S. but I bet 99% of the stuff would only be embarrassing rather than harmful.

Posted by: Christian Chuba | Dec 3 2022 19:24 utc | 44

Burn it all down. Agreed.
However, I unfortunately suspect or expect many of the investigative journalists and whistleblowers have a laser tracer on their foreheads.
This Barbaric BORG is getting more and more desperate daily and it looks like attrition is the only way to stop the death cult in its path.
Participate in ATTRITION!

Posted by: mann friedmann | Dec 3 2022 19:26 utc | 45

I want to believe but … am not convinced yet.
It smacks of Limited Hangout.

The collusion includes Facebook.
The CEO’s can’t be given a free pass.
They are mates with Elon.

The 5+1 eyes spooks and software is central to it.
It isn’t just some politics - the DNC are not leftist in ANY way; they are the other cheek of the neocon arse and they are responsible for the diarrhoea that has emanate upon the world since the turn of the century from the shithole they share.

Yeah Trump was plastered with that crap and disappeared from view.
Before that so was Assange, still is with fake rape charges, who is the greatest political prisoner of the Wicked Western Empire in the Heart of Empires City of London not far from the grand palaces of the praetorians who guard the Ancient City. Overseen now by the new built citadel of the west the US Embassy from which full control of the local government in Whitehall is handled.
The helms are NSA and GCHQ and Mossad.
Ask Snowden - he spilled and lives.
Others are not so lucky.

What might convince me ? Here is a list from the U.K. that Elon should equally release the details on going back to let’s say 2014. You know while the Maidan was being fermented.

1. Scottish Indy Ref
2. BrexShit referendum
3. Dominic Cummings involvement in both
4. The 2017 ‘snap’ general election
5. The 2019 general election
6. The social media campaigns and secret manipulations against Corbynites from 2016 onwards in 4 & 5.
7. CIA:Pompeo’s Gauntlet in 6. MI6/gchq DeeDee’s ‘threatens all our plans’ edict for the outcome in 6. The use of Postal Votes in all of the above.
8. Mafsud, Steele, Miller, DeBretton, Le Mesurier, various TV and print presstitute spooks, Mason, Keuenssberg, etc
9. Their projects, Skripal, White Helmets, false flag attacks in Syria, attack against the massive popular grass roots of the reenergised Labour Party, integrity initiatives.

77th on YOUR team.

& finally non U.K.

10. SARSCov2, vax everyone, Nazis of Ukraine causing the new breakaway and separated of the Collective Waste Slaves from the RoW. And of course postal votes in the US.

So Rocket Man, Truth Seeker, or just another Ancients Grifter, Elon, prove the talk, why are you still banning Spriter and Nixon etc, and not demanding Assange’s release with proof of conspiracy against him and all honest real journalism, many of whom have been illegally jailed just like current social media continued persecution.

Salacious but true reveals may be great but that doesn’t change a thing right now does it?

Doesn’t mount up to a hill of beans does it kiddo?

I’m looking at you Elon Mighty, same initials as that other petite roi Manny, show me the walk, not just the talk. Then I might just start to believe.

Posted by: DunGroanin | Dec 3 2022 19:27 utc | 46

CIA makes the story, then
Mass Media reports the story, then
Social Media amplifies the story and censors and shouts down opposing viewpoints.
Always knew this (esp re: Ukraine with the "two days to take Kiev" psy-op) but somewhat glad to see it verified.

But why do this now?
Is this a last-minute attempt to give the system some legitimacy?
I think it's too little, too late since it will shock anyone who still has faith in the system and confirm what those on the outside have been saying the whole time.

Posted by: Tom | Dec 3 2022 19:42 utc | 47

Taibbi still calls people who disbelieve the official 9/11 conspiracy theory “troofers.” And I always thought his early career in Moscow was perfect CIA NOC (non-official cover). He tells the truth, unlike many, but I think he’s selective about the truth he tells.

Posted by: Lodge | Dec 3 2022 19:44 utc | 48

"BREAKING: Censorship at Twitter was endemic and the social media platform was manipulated for political purposes."

Really? You could have knocked me down with a feather. "Power controls information flows" is not really a story though. And Twitter is a private company in the info biz, not a publicly-owned democratic institution. Musk is in the power and money game, not the for-the-good-of-humanity game. It suits him at the moment to play at cleaning the Augean stables until it doesn't.

Posted by: Patroklos | Dec 3 2022 19:47 utc | 49

.....shoot the messenger.

Posted by: psychohistorian | Dec 3 2022 17:38 utc | 29


Posted by: jpc | Dec 3 2022 19:51 utc | 50

@49 There has to be more transparency. We need a full and thorough investigation! Appoint a committee!

Posted by: dh | Dec 3 2022 19:52 utc | 51

Thanks for the censorship, b!!!

Why did you pull this article reference? Just because I wrote it in 2020 and you didn't?


Posted by: Brett Redmayne-Title | Dec 3 2022 19:55 utc | 52

Billionaires like to own a social network because ownership of a social network allows you to offer political services. Politicians will owe you favors.

A social network losing money is the price a billionaire pays to keep the little folk from owning a social network.

For older generations, you could replace "social network" with "tv station", "radio station" or "newspaper".

Posted by: Passerby | Dec 3 2022 19:57 utc | 53

@forceOfHabit 3
@James 2 5 34
@Brother Ma 4 14
@psychohistorian 29

Couldn't agree more. Taibbi is an excellent communicator and heroic butcher of sacred cows.

neofeudalfuture 11

Look up spoliation, destruction or alteration of evidence resulting from a party's failure to preserve evidence relevant to a litigation or investigation. The impact of being determined to have engaged in spoliation are usually catastrophic.

@Toivos 20

Taibbi leans libertarian ("Somebody who knows the cost of everything, the value of nothing, and the age of consent in all 50 states." Hermit) and perhaps has not forgotten that Yeltsin proposed Putin as "our kind of guy" to Clinton, who agreed that Putin would be Yeltsin's successor.Discussion of NSA transcripts.

@Clueless Joe 21

Instead, Texas is doing it's best to outlaw journalism (and that is a judicial statement Judges agree the journalism could be outlawed in Texas. Steve Lehto. YouTube.

@D J G 24


@Elmagnostic 36

It apparently appealed to people raised on MTV to whom nuance is confusing.

Posted by: Hermit | Dec 3 2022 20:11 utc | 54

Ukraine with the "two days to take Kiev" psy-op
Posted by: Tom | Dec 3 2022 19:42 utc

HUH? Russia had and still has the military capability to do it in two days.

But that wouldn't bring the US/ZATO to its knees by their own actions.

Could it be that the US/ZATO ACTUAL planners saw that after 8 years of attacking Ukraine's eastern republics, they were not going to crack. Other events/machinations in preparation for the Great Reset Coup were moving along, so the Ukraine issue for weakening Russia had to be implemented, ready or not. Those 2030 and 2035 deadlines weren't going to be realized if Russia and the republics merely stood their ground.

So Zelenski's handlers OK'ed the (probably nonsense) rhetoric of Ukraine attacking Donbass and Russia with dirty bombs. The US/ZATO knew Putin could not allow that nuke-noise and the obvious buildup for invasion of the republics to pass unanswered. Congrats, they forced Putin's hand.

But what they wanted WAS for Russia to seize Kiev (not necessarily all of Ukraine) in 2 days... easy-peasy, Russia BAD BAD BAD already in the MSM "to be published" file. US/ZATO and the MSM-echochamber woudl convince the world that Russia has started WW3, casus belli to attack Russia from any vector using US/ZATO military.

But now, months later, the EU AND the US are tanking from the idiotic sanctions and ZATO nations are running out of obsolete military crap to send. The time/supply lines for new replacement weapons for the ZATO countries that sent their old stuff to the Ukie-nazis grows longer by the day. Let alone the knowledge that even new stuff for the Ukie-nazis would have an active duty life in days or weeks. Assuming it didn't end up on the black market to haunt ZATO in other war zones.

Nope, the fake run towards Kiev was a masterstroke, both showing the US/ZATO that Russia could if it needed to, but also that it probably wouldn't in any short timeframe.

Again, never interrupt your opponent when they are making a mistake.

Posted by: Old canadian | Dec 3 2022 20:32 utc | 55

Re Limited Hangout: if so, what’s behind what we’re being allowed to see?

I would suspect that extremely inappropriate content has been allowed space on Twitter as part of intel ops in order to draw out, radicalise and recruit violent militants of various types (sicarios, jihadis, nazis etc).

What’s there that shouldn't be,

Posted by: anon2020 | Dec 3 2022 20:49 utc | 56

For older generations, you could replace "social network" with "tv station", "radio station" or "newspaper".

Posted by: Passerby | Dec 3 2022 19:57 utc

I'm surprised you could say that without any emojis.

Every generation thinks they are SO much smarter than those that came before. The "news" technology changes, but the psychos who seek to control them don't.

"A lie gets half-way around the world before the truth gets its pants on". But that's old fogey-speak.

OK, now "a lie can be instantaneously around the world before the truth is allowed to be told".

Isn't technology grand?

Posted by: Old canadian | Dec 3 2022 21:07 utc | 57

What’s there that shouldn't be,
Posted by: anon2020 | Dec 3 2022 20:49 utc | 56

Twitter using Starlink internet is what will power color revolutions in Russia, China and Iran, if we can get away with it.

Posted by: Passerby | Dec 3 2022 21:08 utc | 58

Old news :-)
SeanAU | Dec 3 2022 5:04 utc | 160

Muckraker? (Britain, derogatory) A sensationalist, scandal mongering journalist, one who is not driven by any social principles.

I hope that wasn't the imputation.

Matt Tabbi is one of the very few who repeatedly, despite malicious public attacks and threats, kept pointing out the truth aka the real facts behind RussiaGate. What does one need to do to be correctly labelled a genuine investigative journalist of high repute and indisputable integrity?

Limited Hangout? Bollocks. The first installment comes before the rest. (shaking my head)

As Putin said: "You ain't seen nothing yet." (sic)

Posted by: SeanAU | Dec 3 2022 22:19 utc | 59

The company man defends the billionaire Musk? Given that I do not think Taibbi has good judgment, I am not impressed by his opinions. Given that I think *most* charges bandied about in the media tend to the melodramatic, sensational and irresponsible to the false, malicious and corrupt, the idea that Trump should be able to whip up a media frenzy on demand strike me as incompetent, if not servile. For that matter, I do not think Twitter suppressed the scandal, which got plenty of airing: It just didn't get the dishonorable play equally dubious charges have in other cases. I tend to think the cause of justice, rather than partisan hackery, are better served by reserving judgment rather than moral panic. Nancy Grace and Judy Sheindlin are moral misleader, not idols to emulate.

The truth was and remains, the laptop was of doubtful provenance and had been in unknown hands for an unknown period and caution in using anything on it was required. To be a story needing immediate airing it was not emails to Hunter by the people he was making promises to, but emails from Joe to Hunter that counted. They didn't exist. The links claiming "proof" are false. The people who provided this so-called proof were people who would lie and say Burisma funded the Atlantic Council with up to "$250 000" a year. That's a lot of money to ordinary people but the people who wrote this know that's not enough to buy much of anything. It hardly covers the bill for one conference! It's a lie to call that Burisma "funding" the Atlantic Council. They even know it's a serious question whether a Vice-President had enough clout in foreign policy to run relations with Ukraine! They're like people discovering

The truth is still, Hunter has been influence peddling for years. The truth is still, the laws are so loose and corrupt there is no evidence Hunter did anything criminally illegal in that respect. And there is even less evidence that Joe did anything formally criminally illegal. There are plenty of conservatives who are so deprived of human feeling and so depraved in their morals they think they have a "right" to pillory a man for not throwing his son under the bus. So, scum don't deserve to demand people agree with them. At least Hunter Biden has a chemically damaged brain to explain what's wrong with him. Carrying on about Hunter lets Joe off the hook for what he does that really is wrong. Endorsing the Federal Reserve's attack on the workers of this country is today's number one, I'd say. The people pushing this want to use politically motivated prosecutions to terrorize all those parents who, unlike conservatives, love their children. These people would never think that the Trump children, part of the shenanigans at Trump Organization, should ever be held to account for their crimes. But the conservative principle, that the more you steal, the more respectable you are, applies. The Trump crime family boasts of hundreds of millions, the Bidens worth what, a measly $10 000 000? How contemptible that is to conservatives! (By the way, the book deals and speaking fees that constitute a good part of this should be considered completely and totally legal...but basically a form of after-the-fact reward for services rendered, just not on an explicit quid-pro-quo, which is the legal standard. I still call it corruption, just as I did when senior Bush raked it in.)

The distorted reporting, the false conclusions, the absurd assumptions, the hysterical exaggerations are all typical of the MSM, albeit the Trumpist variety. The conclusion I draw is that this is pandering to fellow Trumpers as a way to minimize discussion of Ukraine. Why? The most likely explanation is that the author is increasingly worried about the failure of all those rosy projections.

Posted by: steven t johnson | Dec 3 2022 22:24 utc | 60

I think there are a few things about this tale that people forget.

1. America had a huge debate about Russian bots on Twitter and social media interfering in elections.

2. Members of both parties threatened to take away the liabilities protection in section 230

3. The Hunter Biden Laptop started to take off right around the tail end of the election. So for every social media site and news site the first question they would ask is - Is this more "fake News" put up by "russia" or some other nefarious players trying to effect the news.

4. The FBI looked into it and said that it was "fake news". Who within the USA is going to go against that?

The incentives are totally skewed at the point this story was taking off, if I was in the News Media business, I wouldn't touch it either; I learned the lesson of the FBI dropping major news right at the tail end of the Hillary/Trump election.

The FBI also learned the same lesson, they were majorly castigated for dropping major news near the tail end (effectively accused of election meddling by FBI).

Social Media Sites learned the same lesson, don't drop major news that might affect the elections, because you would be accused of "election meddling".

Who wants that?

Posted by: DavidZ | Dec 3 2022 22:33 utc | 61

@ steven t johnson | Dec 3 2022 22:24 utc | 60

i imagine you've seen this 1 minute video?? all bollocks you say? lol..

Joe Biden Pressures Ukraine to Fire Prosecutor

Posted by: james | Dec 3 2022 22:34 utc | 62

Wow Sean, way to red flag with an official denial. Lol

Posted by: Rae | Dec 3 2022 22:41 utc | 63

polyhedral | Dec 3 2022 16:28 utc | 16
“…call BS on The Times' "hate speech" numbers. How da fuq do they know what text is contained in 500 million per day tweets?”

Passerby | Dec 3 2022 19:57 utc | 53
“……social network losing money is the price a billionaire pays to keep the little folk from owning a social network.
For older generations, you could replace "social network" with "tv station", "radio station" or "newspaper".”
Rupert Murdoch created The Australian, Australia’s only *national* newspaper and he later refuted criticism that it has never at any time in the decades since, made a profit. He said “the quiet part out loud” when rebuked the criticism by acknowledging the publications purpose was to influence and direct public policy (bully politicians and senior bureaucrats). The concessions and control his attack dog editorial policies buys him is worth it.

#Limited Hangout. Yep.
So why? Why now? Why Elon?
Why? A bunch of someones are concerned about the direction the Ukraine imbroglio is heading. Sanctions have boomeranged badly. Companies have been forced out of a lucrative Russian market. Oh, they’ve virtual signalled, but the now permanent loss of a market is showing on balance sheets.
It wasn’t supposed to be like this…. They’d abide by the sanctions, Russia would fold in 3-months, and it’d be “business as usual” by Q4/22.
Those in the know, know Ukraine is Biden hiding his corruption.
So… a significant and powerful cohort has decided Biden Must Go.

Why now? It’s after mid-terms and before any 2024 runs.
With Biden gone.. can HRC become that which she has always listed? The first female President of the United States of America!! The history books only allow for one “first”. Joe can’t be removed midterm as Kamala HeelsUp will have that prize.
Sure, HRC is on the nose like spoiled milk, (or a dog rolled In carrion), but she has powerful backers still. The DNC has pretty much perfected the election fix now.

Why Elon.?
Indeed. I’m old enough to remember when Gates/Jobs were Boy Wonders. Then Zuckerberg. Then @Jack.
Who really is Musk? Who is protecting him?
His Starlink and Internet Of Things is the next iteration towards our Transhuman future. He is as much Global Reset and Agenda 2030 and ID2020 as Schwab. And the WEF global leaders.

The censorship on twitter had removed a sizeable chunk of the “global consciousness”. The true intel guys knew it was skewed (and screwed).
Musk and his backers want everyone to tweet…. They want to read your mind…. ultimately they won’t need twitter to do that……

Posted by: Melaleuca | Dec 3 2022 22:41 utc | 64

4. The FBI looked into it and said that it was "fake news"
DavidZ | Dec 3 2022 22:33 utc | 61

Hehehehe, too funny.

"The FBI also learned the same lesson, they were majorly castigated for dropping major news near the tail end (effectively accused of election meddling by FBI)."

The FBI "looked into it" ... ROTFLMAO

".....shoot the messenger.

Very deep analysis. Who woulda t'ought dat? Appreciate the heads up ...

Posted by: SeanAU | Dec 3 2022 22:43 utc | 65

Here's what I don't get.
We keep having these stories about whether email troves (Clinton, Podesta, Hunter) are genuine and authenticated, or sly disinformation, etc.
This is with National Security and professional journalists involved.

! It is TRIVIAL to AUTHENTICATE any email !
Every email that crosses any commercial relay (gmail, yahoo, ...) gets a DKIM header.
The hash authenticates the email contents, including date/time headers, from/to headers, and the entire body of the message.
If you think you can fake this without having google or yahoo private keys, you have a million dollar career in cryptography waiting for you.

Anybody with a modicum of technical agility can authenticate any email using the public key: not a space or dot can be altered without failing to match the embedded hash (which can only be calculated with the private domain key).

Posted by: Webej | Dec 3 2022 22:50 utc | 66

Elon is a narcissist oligarch, and in this case that is a good thing. He has come to the correct conclusion, that despite his wealth, him and his offspring would likely not survive nuclear war.

There is a direct connection between Burisma, the Maiden coup, and the very dangerous situation we currently find ourselves in with Ukraine.

Good on Musk for allowing at least the possibility to shed some light on this.

Posted by: Haassaan | Dec 3 2022 23:00 utc | 67

... Instead, he filters it [ONLY] through Taibbi. Hmmm.
Posted by: Cato the Uncensored | Dec 3 2022 15:54 utc | 1

And you claim to know this is a fact because .............. ?

Calling Matt Taibbi a "muckracker" is scandalously ill informed. He is one of the best independent journalists in the US. Check out his substack.
Posted by: forceOfHabit | Dec 3 2022 16:00 utc | 3

Indeed, a very poor choice of words.

I believe this is the correct connotation.
Posted by: Brother Ma | Dec 3 2022 16:03 utc | 4

No it isn't. The American CENTRIC connotation is NOT universal, but another distortion and misuse of the English language. Par for the course.

It is not a useful and appropriate use for that word - if it was people would not be complaining about it! It can be too easily and often taken as an insult ridicule of Matt Tabbi.

The word has opposite meanings and connotations depending on the culture norms of those reading it. Choosing better words is the solution. Not believing or promoting it is correct.

Wow Sean, way to red flag with an official denial. Lol
Posted by: Rae | Dec 3 2022 22:41 utc | 63

Are you talking to me? If so, please clarify your meaning in plain English without the wit.

@ Christian Chuba | 44 - You are missing the most obvious in your face truth!

Simply telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth about the USA and what it has done and covered up, automatically and immediately would threaten the actual security of the U.S.

You are cannot have it both ways Christian!

Beware Cognitive Dissonance and what it does.

Posted by: SeanAU | Dec 3 2022 23:09 utc | 68

Why has Melon Husk not simply unbanned all the millions of accounts suspended for no reason by the rainbow haired liberal freaks he fired? Could it be that he's just gatekeeper propaganda? After all nobody seriously expects Bidet to win a second term - nobody seriously expects Bidet to run for a second term - so admitting that the laptop was genuine is safe at the moment, and camouflages the next set of selection* manipulation behind a roar of liberal pretend-hate. Could it happen?

Of course it could.

*not a typographical error. I meant selection.

Posted by: Biswapriya Purkayast | Dec 3 2022 23:15 utc | 69

Posted by: Mary | Dec 3 2022 16:12 utc | 8
Posted by: FieryButMostPeaceful | Dec 3 2022 16:19 utc | 12
Posted by: DunGroanin | Dec 3 2022 19:27 utc | 46
Posted by: anon2020 | Dec 3 2022 20:49 utc | 56

Limited hangout... I agree.

Even after the obvious HB laptop suppression, the Ds still had to cheat to win the 2020 election.

Why no outcry and a thorough investigation from mainstream Rs?
1. They also cheat in states where there are R governors and election certification officials.
2. The "10% for the Big Guy" is distributed to all compliant members of Congress.

It is how he bought his "selection" in the first place.

Posted by: Opport Knocks | Dec 3 2022 23:19 utc | 70

@ Melaleuca
So why? Why now? Why Elon?

1) Some nobody on Twitter asked Musk directly to release that information.

2) Musk immediately responded he would.

3) Several weeks later, after collating and compiling the info he did.

(I saw those tweets myself)

PS of course ging down the rabbit hole could trigger imagining the nobody was a prearranged "plant" by co-conspirators. Maybe even a cannabis plant (?)

Although sharing personal theories, opinions and possibilities do have their place (I do it myself), I'm with B on this point - "Contribute facts" is better.

That is what Matt Tabbi is doing.

Posted by: SeanAU | Dec 3 2022 23:21 utc | 71

shunned to thank for miserable plight,
label you ill, you dare fight.

tabloid nation sponsors of cattleline,
mandate suffering, they are malign.

abuse our kindness, they always will;
stealing children kneeling & smile, while paying bills.

resources raped, they are suspect,
they toss you to fire, for great zio project.

Posted by: meow | Dec 3 2022 23:32 utc | 72

I'm going to start blaming everything on the Russians.
Maybe rob me a bank and when the cops come I'll say it was some Russia.
Next day it headline will be "Eye Witness Identifies Russian as Bank Robber".
Tell them I'm a Hill bot and they'll pay me to go on Oprah.
Get a contract with the DNC and sub out a wave of Russian bank heists.

Posted by: Rabbit | Dec 3 2022 23:33 utc | 73

@ Melaleuca
So why? Why now? Why Elon?


Because the Presidential election kicks off next year.

One of the way’s Republicans can try and derail Trump is to use the single greatest platform he had last time against him ; which he was kicked off to stop him bypassing the msm.

Remember FACTS are Russiagate is fake. HRC , Obama, FBI and State are guilty. The Dossier was made up and all of them were fully complicit upto their 5+1 👁️👁️👁️👁️👁️👁️

What better than the current most famous pinup self made billionaire role model and leader of technocracy to set up the ‘correct choice’ for USA’ns.

Posted by: DunGroanin | Dec 3 2022 23:37 utc | 74

@ james | Dec 3 2022 19:24 utc | 42

Um, NSDAPcalling, no ?

@ DunGroanin | Dec 3 2022 19:27 utc | 46

Acta non verba!

Bravo. Bravo.

@ Old canadian | Dec 3 2022 21:07 utc | 57

Indeed. Hearst did quite well on behalf of the Robber Barons & eager to be Imperialists, with expensive international telegraph cables.

@ dh | Dec 3 2022 19:52 utc | 51

Er, something like the Warren Commission, with recently dismissed by JFK, Allen W. Dulles, as a 'private citizen' member ?

@ Passerby | Dec 3 2022 21:08 utc | 58

Um, is it not limited by the need for a ground station within 400 miles(or Kliks ?) ?

Posted by: Outraged | Dec 3 2022 23:42 utc | 75

Release of such information (if there were no alterations of it) is all great gossip and provides ammo for "internet" arguments. But, the million dollar question is, what will be done about the "crimes" committed? Since the general public have a memory span of a Goldfish (~9s), this will go down the memory hole and very few will remember it by the next election cycle. Never have any illusion that social media was free from government interference.

Posted by: Ian2 | Dec 3 2022 23:44 utc | 76

@ Outraged | Dec 3 2022 23:42 utc | 75

lol... does look like that... it was unfair for me to put it on nemesis calling ... one can't know..

Posted by: james | Dec 3 2022 23:49 utc | 77

Posted by: james | Dec 3 2022 15:59 utc | 2:

everything is so politicized in the usa today into this binary thinking......

Yes, and Global Times in this editorial is calling out the USA particularly on this point:

In particular, this short passage from this editorial nailed it:

News in America is never just about the news. As with everything else in the Greatest Country on Earth, news - or what goes by that name - is political. It is a key element of bourgeois propaganda, a means of controlling the masses.

On this commentary about US's inability to contain COVID, China is underlining the basic reason behind the fact.

Posted by: Oriental Voice | Dec 4 2022 0:16 utc | 78

Pre-Musk Twitter and the MSM are prime examples of putting team Democrat and team Liberal Ideology before team Reason and team Honesty. This story is the domestic version of the geopolitical dishonesty we witness the West engage in against those who don't comply with the narrative, ideological dictates, and greed. This is why I pray for the West to endure hard times...I want the people to experience a stronger motivation to counter their fearful compliance with the status quo.

Posted by: Prometheus Defiant | Dec 4 2022 0:23 utc | 79

Watching Washington D.C. political soap operas (Hunter/joe/nancy, Trump...) is like getting hooked on porn: violence porn, sex porn, power porn (MMA, shootemup shows, etc.). I get hooked too. But what do I do with it? Do I organize a strike? a mass demonstration? ...bare minimum, call my congressman? What do I do in my neighborhood? If I don't do anything the stories are just entertainment.
I like Taiibi. ok, he was born rich, certified and stamped with higher caste credentials than me and most peons, partied like a frat boy in Moscow in the 90s while Russia was being devoured, worked for Rolling Stone and dished up the requisite amount of stories that were pretty good but filled with potty mouth language to satisfy his hedonist masters. But he crossed some lines and got pushed out and marginalized by the liberals in his caste and has sincerely tried to do good work while maintaining some kind of living. I read his stuff. I hope he keeps forging down a true muckraker path along with Aaron Mate, Max Blumenthal and a few others. I hope he doesn't sell out to Musk. Bottom line, though... What do I do about it? How do I take what I learn about Twitter, Ukraine, the rot in D.C. and convert my thoughts into some kind of action?
a rhetorical question...

Posted by: migueljose | Dec 4 2022 0:26 utc | 80

@ migueljose

You can’t do anything. The only thing that will bring down the whole rotten edifice is s general strike, and that will never happen. Just protect your loved ones in anticipation of the day that the whole rotten edifice collapses on itself.

Posted by: malenkov | Dec 4 2022 0:32 utc | 81

Maybe grist for GOP congressional investigations but since they’re not interested in rocking the boat too much it probably comes to nothing. The last thing politicians want is to be forced into a situation where they can no longer manipulate media.

But in the bigger picture it’s more erosion of the people having much faith in the government. It’s more grist for the mill of modern American politics which is going the way of impeachment as a political tool. Since we already got one failed color revolution and half the country believes the last two elections have been stolen, this kind of stuff is indicative of growing internal contradictions in a degenerate empire.

It is funny in the way it has Democrats having a collective nervous breakdown. It does likely contribute to the next two years of US politics being a shit show. Just like trump’s call to suspend the constitution to make him president. We’re a loony bin.

Posted by: Lex | Dec 4 2022 0:44 utc | 82

Maybe grist for GOP congressional investigations ???

And good has any GOP congressional investigation ever done for anyone?

Why does anyone look to the GOP as some kind of saviour from the horrors of modern day America? It boggles my mind.

Posted by: SeanAU | Dec 4 2022 0:48 utc | 83

What court verified Hunter Biden's laptop? I don't see that in the link.

Posted by: paperlesstiger | Dec 4 2022 0:51 utc | 84

Muckraker?!?!? Really???? Way to prove you are a limited hangout, you POS! This is the MSM person who broke the 2008 grift, and RussiaGate grift, with zero prejudice. You couldn't have asked for a more credible advocate, and yet, you reflex-ably refer to him as a "muckraker".
I'm done trying to defend you, you NWO limited hangout and your Disinfo BS

Posted by: Christian lewis | Dec 4 2022 1:00 utc | 85

Please add me to the list of people offended by the categorisation "muckraker" given to Matt Taibbi.

In Australia where I've lived all my life it's a universally derogatory term and only by researching it as a result of the comments from people above from people obviously more erudite than me, the alternative US-centric pre-world war one meaning was revealed.

Kudos to this site owner for for his wider understanding of the term. However it's surely the reader's reaction that matters and the pejorative use is most unwelcome, Taibbi has proven himself as deserving better than that.

Posted by: Saul Goode | Dec 4 2022 1:12 utc | 86

muckraker (plural muckrakers)

1. (US) One who investigates and exposes issues of corruption that often violate widely held values; e.g. one who exposes political corruption or the poor conditions in prisons.

Synonym: investigative journalist

2. (US, historical) One of a group of American investigative reporters, novelists and critics of the Progressive Era (the 1890s to the 1920s).

3. (Britain, derogatory) A sensationalist, scandalmongering journalist, one who is not driven by any social principles.

Posted by: Browser | Dec 4 2022 1:18 utc | 87

@75 "Er, something like the Warren Commission, with recently dismissed by JFK, Allen W. Dulles, as a 'private citizen' member ?"

And what did the Warren Commission conclude? That Oswald killed Kennedy acting alone. But the theories persist. Nothing is ever concluded or finalized.

Sorry to be negative but I doubt if any congressional investigation of Twitter will satisfy everybody. If it ever happens.

I am curious to see how Musk will sort the censorship issue out.

Posted by: dh | Dec 4 2022 1:27 utc | 88

You don't win friends and warm hearts by naming your Hyundai Pussy or your Mazda Laputa :-)

Please have regard for others!

Posted by: Saul Goode | Dec 4 2022 1:27 utc | 89

@ dh | Dec 4 2022 1:27 utc | 88

My apologies. Me bad. Had not occurred to me an explicit /sarc in my post would have been necessary.

Posted by: Outraged | Dec 4 2022 1:38 utc | 90

Taibbi should release the raw files; let us see the contents of his rake. Otherwise, this looks like he was sold exclusive access in exchange for shielding XYZ.

Posted by: Browser | Dec 4 2022 1:41 utc | 91

@90 My turn to apologize. I missed the 'sarc'.

Getting back to Twitter. I think a lot of people are overlooking Jack Dorsey. What was his role in the censorship? Was he trying to be a good woke person? Did Vijaya hypnotize him? Did the CIA take him to the woodshed? Questions, questions. Anyway it's Musk's baby now.

Posted by: dh | Dec 4 2022 1:50 utc | 92

To "Too Scents", commenting on all the Twitter / DNC corruption, I don't think your suggestion that we "Burn. It. All. Down" is helpful! Remember, that chant was heard many times from marchers demonstrating after George Floyd's death. The result was just a lot of burned out & looted buildings in their own neighbourhoods. So let's not say that anymore...

Posted by: Jimmm | Dec 4 2022 1:51 utc | 93

Muckraker!!! All the drama over the use of that word!☆♡

Where I am from "muckraker" is one of the highest complements you can give a journalist.

Posted by: Haassaan | Dec 4 2022 2:06 utc | 94

@ Oriental Voice | 78

As you haul China into this thread I will add on: Twitter (and WhatsApp, Facebook, Google, Youtube) has been banned in the PRC since 2009 after the Ürümqi riots.

Still the PRC uses Twitter plenty to send out propaganda to Outside. Jack Dorsey let that happen, Musk is in a tough spot as he has his giga factory 3 in Shanghai.

The Anglo empire is only playing catch up to the PRC: they are jealous of that pit of totalitarianism - 100% control! North Korea is too uncool.

Posted by: Antonym | Dec 4 2022 2:06 utc | 95

Otherwise, this looks like he was sold exclusive access in exchange for shielding XYZ.

So says the Sesame Street alphabet police.

Please have regard for others!

I have special regard for the poustis in our midst.

There needs to be an investigation

Taibbi should release the raw files....

Why not Twitter?

Hey what we really need is some place where whistleblowers you can upload raw files anonymously, a place who will without fear or favour publish them on the internet in full. We could could name it something like, ummm ..... wikileaks? Oh, hang on a moment isn't there already ....

That's right, they're called spies and national security threats to be locked up without trial and tortured forever now. Everything sounds good in theory. Even revolutions! God Bless America, her cute cotton socks, everyone's right to free speech, and the US Congress!


Posted by: SeanAU | Dec 4 2022 2:08 utc | 96

I had no idea "muckraker" had negative connotations in some cultures. Learn something new every day!

Posted by: Haassaan | Dec 4 2022 2:09 utc | 97

@97 Depends who is saying it I guess. To some it is a low form of journalism. To others it is an honorable much-needed profession.

Posted by: dh | Dec 4 2022 2:16 utc | 98

ZH has a posing up showing that Greenwald is wading into the fray now

Greenwald Drags MSM Journos For 'Hive-Mind' Hackery Over Taibbi-Twitter Bombshell

The article is mostly tweet links and too tedious for here.

I see Musk as a younger version of Trump and expect he is playing front for some part of the elite at the top....what a shit show....lets hope the Left/Right leadership devours each other so the rest of us can focus on neutering the Top of our Top/Bottom world

Posted by: psychohistorian | Dec 4 2022 2:19 utc | 99

Where I am from "muckraker" is one of the highest complements you can give a journalist.

Not from where I come. Have some understanding of and respect for other cultures.

The world does not revolve around America nor their dictionaries.

America and Americanism is not the center of the Universe!

Giving lip service to multi-polarity doesn't cut it.

People need to act on it.


Posted by: SeanAU | Dec 4 2022 2:19 utc | 100

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