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Reacting to a CNN post about two men charged with aggravated homosexuality in Uganda that was fact checked by X/Twitter’s community note feature, Musk accused the media of constantly lying. The community note added context to the news, stating that one of the accused was charged with having a sexual relationship with a 12-year-old. Elon wrote

The media is lying constantly

The X/Twitter boss further remarked that explicit lies are relatively easier to catch compared to choice-of-narrative lies. Musk accuses the media of completely screening out what they don’t want to talk about while turning a molehill into a mountain when it suits the narrative. He further asks, How often is an article about someone whom you personally know accurate and reasonably complete? Musk then questions the integrity of what the media writes about that we don’t know personally.

The media lies constantly. Explicit lies are easy to catch, compared to the choice-of-narrative lie.

They completely ignore that which they don’t want to talk about, but will turn a molehill into a mountain when they do want to talk about it.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 31, 2023

When you see an article about something you know personally, how often is it accurate and reasonably complete?

Almost never, in my experience.

Now, why do you think it would be any different when they write about some other subject?

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 31, 2023

Musk’s relations with the mainstream media (barring a few ideologically right) have not been so amiable in the recent past. With X/Twitter the billionaire tech baron now wants to disrupt the media as it is. He recently invited publishing houses to join the league of other content creators who are earning revenue from subscriptions and views on the platforms. While opening up the house for independent journalists, he has also closed the doors to traditional media by scrapping the headline feature on the app. Posting URLs wouldn’t directly convert into headlines on X/Twitter.

See Also: Elon Musk Will Completely Remove Headlines Soon; Invites Journalists To Write On X/Twitter And Get Paid


I love their new logo

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 31, 2023

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