MSNBC, liberal pundits complain Hunter Biden’s Twitter story is a ‘snoozefest’: ‘M for meh’

Elon Musk and Substack reporter Matt Taibbi’s “Twitter Files” lit up the social media website Friday night, revealing how Big Tech tried to destroy the Hunter Biden laptop story just weeks before the 2020 election.

However, some outlets that dismissed the 2020 laptop story as “Russian disinformation” also dismissed the details behind its censorship as “nothing burgers.”

Rolling Stone writer Adam Rawnsley yawned at Taibbi’s Twitter account, calling it “anticlimactic” and a “snoozefest”. He claimed that Musk was boring readers with old information.

“But contrary to the melodramatic accounts, the files show what was largely documented: Twitter removed links to the Post story and files from Hunter Biden’s laptop, and the presidential candidate struggled with how to deal with the surprise leak of his files. ‘lim,’ he writes.

Elon Musk and Matt Taibbi released the “Twitter Files” on Friday, revealing internal communications between Twitter employees and US lawmakers surrounding the NY Post’s censorship of Hunter Biden’s laptop.
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Major newspapers, such as The Washington Post and The New York Times, showed indifference to the story and covered it belatedly. The Post waited until Saturday night to cover the Twitter files, knocking the article off as a “dud” that was deemed a “bombshell.”

The New York Times waited to cover the story until sunday conservative radio host Clay Travis noted.

That was the prevailing reaction from liberal journalists on Twitter, who warned others to ignore the story. Liberal tech journalist and podcast host Kara Swisher mocked Musk for saying “nothing is a burger.”

NBC’s left-leaning correspondent Ben Collins, who has not been named in the digital department since Nov. 10, according to his online profile, said Friday night that Taibbi’s work was an “unbelievable hack.” On Sunday, he shared comments that he declared to be the “reversal” of the scandal.

Seth Abramson, a liberal academic and journalist, also pointed out that there is nothing here to be seen.

“This is the only sentence you need to read about Mashk-Taibbi’s burger,” he tweeted, before quoting Taibbi’s admission that there was no “clear government involvement” in the laptop censorship decision.

Hunter Biden's laptop was at the center of a Big Tech censorship campaign in 2020.

Hunter Biden’s laptop was at the center of a Big Tech censorship campaign in 2020.
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While the liberal networks showed little interest in the story over the weekend, MSNBC host Ali Velshi and political analyst Michael Steele tried to play down the controversy.

Velshi responded to a series of Musk’s tweets posted by Taibbi, revealing that members of both political parties had flagged tweets in emails to Twitter staff that they deemed problematic.

“If that’s not a violation of the First Amendment to the Constitution, what is?” Musk wrote in response to Taibbi’s tweet.

According to Velshi, Musk’s response was a “warm reception.”

“In the cable business, we like to call this a warm reception. It reveals Elon Musk’s profound ignorance of the First Amendment. The First Amendment regulates communications with the government. It does not regulate public actors like Twitter. In Musk’s case, not only was the Biden campaign not part of the government , the ultimate decision to accept the request … was a personal decision made by a private company. The Biden campaign was not the government,” he said.

Elon Musk is the new owner of Twitter.

Elon Musk is the new owner of Twitter.
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Steele, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee who has shifted sharply to the left under Trump, joined MSNBC’s Symone Sanders on Saturday to also react to the Twitter files. Sanders asked what Steele had “directly” done, and said that by releasing the files, Musk was again trying to focus attention on Hunter Biden’s actions.

Steele argued that Musk’s decision to release the “Twitter files” was related to the billionaire’s claim to be about free speech and actually served to undermine his “central principles.”

“So we go on with the lies and so on. You really laugh at this idea of ​​what the platform he claims should be. For the party, they love it. I mean, they’re the richest in the world people help them instill mistrust and disinformation into the system without necessarily having their fingerprints on it,” Steele said.

Twitter has conducted fact-checks on government tweets in recent weeks.

Twitter has conducted fact-checks on government tweets in recent weeks.
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During an appearance on “CNN Newsroom,” CNN Business Correspondent Christine Romans dismissed the narrative that the Twitter files purposefully censored a story that could damage the Democratic candidate’s chances in the run-up to the election.

“Now some would like you to think this is censorship by Big Tech,” Romans said.

He defended the tech company’s “struggle” over what to do with the incident, but dismissed the findings as flawed. Romans also cited Poynter’s Tom Jones, who said the “Twitter files” should be filed under “m for meh.”

“These shows are a real fight on an important platform about how to deal with something so weird, so explosive, and what to do with it. Poynter, which was a media watchdog group, said, ‘Bring it to the file.’ .—File Twitter files under m for meh and the Washington Post said there’s no smoking gun here, we’ve learned a lot about it, Twitter is really struggling with how to handle an explosive story published in the New York Post,” Roman said.

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