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22 November, 2023

Don’t fund Musk’s Anti-Semitism

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Do not fund Musk Anti-Semitism

What's behind the advertiser exodus from X (Twitter)? Calls for boycotting Tesla?

"Musk re-tweeted a post that promoted the antisemitic “Great Replacement Theory”—an act that caused advertisers to “pause” their advertising on Twitter. Media Matters for America conducted a survey and issued a report that suggested Twitter’s advertising algorithm placed content from hate groups adjacent to advertising from Apple, IBM, Oracle and other major companies—contrary to Twitter’s claims about its handling of placement of advertising.

Rather than express shock and contrition, Musk sued Media Matters. But in a sure sign that Musk is worried, he filed his lawsuit in the reactionary Northern District of Texas that is home to the odious federal Judges Matthew Kacsmaryk and Reed O’Connor who have waged a war on the federal government." - Today's Edition

What did Musk tweet? Which X advertisers have bailed? Where did Musk file his lawsuit? Why? How much of Musk's wealth comes from Tesla? How is Tesla connected to his purchase of Twitter? What is behind the call for a Tesla boycott? Why are their calls to boycott the NY Times Dealbook Summit where Musk is presenting? Follow along with this interactive map.

Musk Anti-Semitism sparks calls for boycotts

Christian Nationalist Judge

"There are 94 federal districts in which Musk could have filed his lawsuit against Media Matters. He chose the most reactionary, Trump-friendly district populated by Christian nationalist judges—which kind of proves Media Matter’s overarching point about why advertisers should be wary of advertising on Twitter. Isn’t it a coincidence that Musk chose to sue Media Matters in Texas on the same day that Texas Attorney General Paxton announced an investigation into Media Matters? A cynical person might conclude that Musk and Paxton were working in concert!"

Musk lets trolls back on Twitter

NY Times DealBook Summit

"It is inexplicable that Musk is a featured speaker at the New York Times “Dealbook Summit” on November 29. See The New York Times DealBook Summit. Of course, the Times is free to host a speaker accused of antisemitic posts who has savaged the NYTimes on Twitter. The New York Times plans an event with Elon Musk despite his history of attacking the outlet

What is more difficult to understand is why the following speakers have agreed to appear at the same event with Musk:
- Vice President Kamala Harris
- Disney CEO Bob Iger
- FTC Commissioner Lina M. Khan
- Television producer Shonda Rhimes
- JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon

Musk and Paxton are trying to use the “power of the state” to force Americans back to the mythical “good old days” of conservative culture. It isn’t going to work, no matter how many lawsuits Elon Musk files against those criticizing antisemitic content on Twitter. Indeed, it is a sign of desperation. And it would be a great help if people like Kamala Harris, Bob Iger, Jamie Dimon et al. did not give Musk the patina of respectability by sharing the spotlight with Musk—especially at a moment of heightened antisemitism." - Today's Edition


TakeAway: 
Don't fund Anti-Semitism.

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