As expected, Tucker Carlson on Monday embraced the news of Elon Musk’s Buy 44 billion dollars of Twitter, claiming it was the most consequential event in the political arena since the 2016 presidential election.
“Unlike the leaders of Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon, Elon Musk believes in free speech. He thinks everyone should be allowed to talk, including those who disagree with him,” Carlson said.
“Now that sounds like a purely American sentiment, but in this atmosphere it’s a revolutionary posture,” he continued. “Of the five companies that control the flow of information almost exclusively used by the people of this country, Twitter is by far the smallest of the bunch. But it doesn’t matter: A platform that becomes deceptive is enough to break a monopoly. That means you now have real options to express yourself. ”
The Fox host later likened Musk’s purchase to the presidential election six years ago, and in a typical fashion tease video of a Twitter staff meeting from earlier in the day, only to tape the audience at Hillary Clinton’s scheduled 2016 election night speech.
Carlson then argued, simpler than everthat “before today, you had no right to express your disagreement in public.”
“If you have an opposing opinion — or even more dangerously — if you have opposing facts that undermine their plot, the tech companies will shut you down immediately. It happened to us and to so many people, most of whom you’ve never even heard of. Carlson said: “Never heard of those people, the whole point of shutting them down.
“But that is over. After today, you will be able to post your dissent in a place where others may have a chance to see it. In other words: You will have the opportunity to change other people’s minds”.
“You” in Carlson’s monologue may end include Former President Donald Trump, who was kicked out of Twitter after the January 6 uprising, as company was interested about him inciting more violence. Trump is said to have said he’s not coming back to the platform – he has his own social media site, although one he hasn’t posted and do not do too well—But things can change.
As of Monday night, Carlson himself hadn’t posted on Twitter since March 22. “We’re back,” he tweeted after Musk’s purchase.