Whoa! Elon Musk Has A Thing Or Two To Say About "Fact Checkers"

Written By BlabberBuzz | Wednesday, 11 October 2023 15:20
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Elon Musk, the renowned tech entrepreneur, has expressed his disdain for the so-called "fact checkers" frequently endorsed by traditional media outlets and social media platforms.

Musk has gone as far as to label these individuals as "some of the biggest liars."

Musk's remarks were in response to a suggestion by Twitter user @alx that individuals who receive a 'Community Notes' notification for lacking essential context in their posts should be marked with a clown emoji for a fortnight. "@CommunityNotes should turn your Verified Check into a Clown Emoji for two weeks if you're shamed three times in a week like @GlennKesslerWP," @alx proposed, seeking Musk's opinion.

Musk endorsed the idea, responding, "Great idea. It's fascinating to observe how many self-proclaimed 'fact checkers' are actually some of the biggest liars."

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Musk's criticism of "fact checkers" is not without basis. For instance, PolitiFact, a fact-checking organization, was accused of misrepresenting an article by conservative commentator Mark Levin titled, "‘America is dead’—Joe Biden actually said this at his Iowa rally." PolitiFact claimed the article lacked "context" as Biden was referring to the Covid-19 death toll, not the demise of the United States. However, Levin's article explicitly quoted Biden discussing Covid-19, indicating that the "context" was present all along.

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It's worth noting that PolitiFact is in partnership with Facebook, a social media giant known for censoring information that contradicts its political leanings.

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The Post Millennial also faced a "fact check" from USA Today, which accused it of publishing an article with "missing context." The article accurately quoted Joe Biden calling a group of American military troops "stupid bastards" in 2016.

USA Today justified its "fact check" by claiming that Biden made the "stupid bastards" remark in jest. This is the "context" that was allegedly omitted—an opinion on whether Biden's comments were intended to be humorous.

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USA Today itself was subject to a "fact check" in 2021 for claiming that Biden checked his watch only once during a transfer ceremony for the remains of the 13 U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan. However, family members of the deceased reported seeing Biden check his watch multiple times during the ceremony. USA Today later retracted its fact check.

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