By C. Mitchell Shaw
Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter continues to drive extreme leftists and establishment types to despair. And that is causing them to expose themselves. In a recent kerfuffle, a call for advertisers to boycott Twitter has brought some of the key players into the light. It turns out that George Soros, Clinton and Obama staffers and donors, and European governments were behind the effort.
It is telling that something as simple as promising to make Twitter into a platform friendly to free speech could cause such consternation in certain circles. After all, the Left has always claimed to be lovers and guardians of free speech. It turn out, though, that they were lying.
Because as soon as Elon Musk — who is no conservative — announced that he planned to buy Twitter and make it friendly to diverse opinions and free speech, the Left lost what remained of its collective mind. Woke Twitter employees held a meeting to try to figure out what — if anything — to do. Big Tech — who had been tilting the scales for Biden all along — decried the purchase as the end of the free world. And the Biden administration launched an entire “Ministry of Truth” to combat the types of “disinformation” that might be found on a free-speech-friendly Twitter.
And to top it off, 26 NGOs and advocacy groups launched a campaign to keep Musk from changing Twitter. A major part of that campaign was a letter sent to “top advertisers on Twitter” urging them to cease advertising on the platform.
The letter said, “The undersigned organizations believe that Twitter should continue to uphold the practices that serve as guideposts for other Big Tech platforms. We call on you — Twitter’s top advertisers — to commit to these standards as non-negotiable requirements for advertising on the platform.” The first of the demands was — essentially — keep Trump and his ilk from ever having accounts again.
The letter states, “Keep accounts including those of public figures and politicians that were removed for egregious violations of Twitter Rules — such as harassment, violence, and hateful conduct — off the platform.”
The letter warns “top advertisers on Twitter” to be careful, because “your brand risks association with a platform amplifying hate, extremism, health misinformation, and conspiracy theorists.” It also cautions that “under Musk’s management, Twitter risks becoming a cesspool of misinformation, with your brand attached, polluting our information ecosystem in a time where trust in institutions and news media is already at an all-time low,” and says, “Your ad dollars can either fund Musk’s vanity project or hold him to account. We call on you to demand Musk uphold these basic standards of community trust and safety, and to pull your advertising spending from Twitter if they are not.”
Musk responded by asking who was behind the letter. The letter’s signatories represent “dark money” groups such the Soros-funded open Society Foundations, a slew of NGOs founded by former staffers of both the Clinton and Obama administrations, large Democrat donors and their family foundations, labor unions, and the governments of European nations, according to a report from Daily Mail, which has never been accused of right-wing propaganda.
After the letter went out, Musk tweeted, asking, “Who funds these organizations that want to control your access to information?” He added, “Let’s investigate.”
Who funds these organizations that want to control your access to information? Let’s investigate …https://t.co/dBFsGjOMC8
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 3, 2022
He added to his tweet, “Sunlight is the best disinfectant.”
And the sunlight that was shone on the letter revealed that the folks behind the organizations behind the letter are the “usual suspects” of establishment elitists who seek to control everything in their efforts to create a global government (whether actual or ad hoc) to continue controlling everything. And Daily Mail does a creditable job of breaking that down. From Daily Mail report, “Accountable Tech is a Washington DC-based group led by Nicole Gill, a political campaigner and founder of the 2017 Tax March, and Jesse Lehrich, a former foreign policy spokesman for Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the nephew of David Axelrod, former senior adviser to Barack Obama.”
As a 501(c)(4), Accountable Tech — founded in 2020, just in time to enter this fray — is not required to disclose its donor list, and does not do so.
Media Matters — another of the letter’s signatories — “was begun in May 2004 by David Brock — a former conservative journalist who turned liberal,” Daily Mail reports, adding that in 2017, left-leaning Politico called media Matters “Democrats’ attack dog.” And lest Media Matters should be seen as anything approaching unbiased, it is “dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.” Keep in mind that for 17 months, that “conservative misinformation” included reporting on Hunter Biden’s laptop — reporting that now even the New York Times admits was accurate.
The Daily Mail piece cites Influence Watch as showing that Media Matters was started with $2 million in seed money from “prominent liberal donors, such as Susie Tompkins Buell, the 78-year-old co-founder of clothing brands Esprit and The North Face; Leo Hindery, 74, a private equity investor specializing in media; and James Hormel, who died in August aged 88.”
Hormel — who was heir of Hormel Foods — was a homosexual activist who co-founded the Human Rights Campaign in 1981.
Other of the signatories fare about the same under the slightest scrutiny. As Daily Mail reported:
UltraViolet is the newest of the trio, founded in 2012.
‘UltraViolet is a powerful and rapidly growing community of people mobilized to fight sexism and create a more inclusive world that accurately represents all women, from politics and government to media and pop culture,’ they state on their website.
‘We founded UltraViolet on the principle that with a combination of organizing, technology, creative campaigning, and people power, we can win. Ultraviolet leads creative, breakthrough campaigns that have won victories from politics to culture.’
The group is also backed by several unions — among them the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), and the American Federation of Teachers.
Musk is famously anti-union, and has been excluded from White House electric vehicle manufacturing events due to the fact that Tesla’s workforce is not unionized.
UltraViolet is backed by numerous family foundations, including that founded by Warren Buffet’s son Peter, NoVo Foundation.
NoVo works to help marginalized and oppressed groups in society.
It is also supported by one of the many Pritzker family’s foundations, Libra.
The Chicago-based billionaires are members of one of America’s richest families who made their money largely through the Hyatt hotel chain.
Nicholas Pritzker, 76, and his wife Susan founded the Libra Foundation in 2002, and the organization now ‘supports frontline organizations building a world where communities of color thrive.’
Another of the signatories is Fair Vote UK — a British group that works to “tackle the issue of data misuse, voter manipulation and lack of transparency in elections” (though one is certain that calling the election of Biden into question would be considered “disinformation” by the good folks over at Fair Vote UK).
Joining Fair Vote UK from across the pond is the Center for Countering Digital Hate, led by “former advisor to senior figures in the Labour Party, Imran Ahmed.” Daily Mail wrote that according to Influence Watch, “The Center is best known for working with Rachel Riley to remove controversial far-right commentator Katie Hopkins from Twitter and conspiracy theorist David Icke from Facebook and YouTube.”
The full list of signatories looks like a who’s who of liberal establishment elites:
1. Access Now
2. Accountable Tech
3. Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation
4. Center for Countering Digital Hate
5. Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC)
6. Face the Music Collective
7. Fair Vote UK
8. Free Press
9. Friends of the Earth
10. Gender Equity Policy Institute
12. Global Project Against Hate and Extremism
13. Indivisible Northern Nevada
15. Media Matters for America
17. NARAL Pro-Choice America
18. National Hispanic Media Coalition
19. Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
21. Stop Online Violence Against Women Inc
22. The Sparrow Project
24. Union of Concerned Scientists
25. V-Day/One Billion Rising
26. Women’s March
They look like a who’s who of liberal establishment elites because that’s exactly what they are. They do not represent the people of the world. They do not represent the best interests of social-media users. They do not represent truth, honesty, free speech, or other virtues and rights. They represent themselves and their own twisted globalist agenda. And Musk is in their crosshairs because he wants to allow people to speak, read, learn, investigate, and think freely.
Let that sink in.