Elon Musk Amplifies Baseless Conspiracy Theory in Pelosi Attack

  

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Via:  revillug  •  one month ago  •  32 comments

By:   Tracy Connor (The Daily Beast)

Elon Musk Amplifies Baseless Conspiracy Theory in Pelosi Attack
Just days after promising advertisers that Twitter would not be a "free-for-all," the new owner promoted a right-wing rumor about the vicious hammer assault on Paul Pelosi.

Just days after promising advertisers that Twitter would not be a "free-for-all," the new owner promoted a right-wing rumor about the vicious hammer assault on Paul Pelosi.

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Just days after he promised advertisers that Twitter would not become a "free-for-all hellscape," Elon Musk used the platform he now owns to amplify a baseless conspiracy theory about the hammer attack on Nancy Pelosi's husband by an intruder.

"There is a tiny possibility there might be more to this story than meets the eye," Musk tweeted Sunday morning in reply to a tweet by Hillary Clinton blasting the Republican Party for creating a toxic environment that lays the groundwork for violence against politicians.

Musk linked out to a story, which is no longer accessible, in an online conservative rag called the Santa Monica Observer claiming that the suspect did not break into the Pelosis' San Francisco home hunting for Nancy.

Instead the invisibly sourced "story" alleged that Paul Pelosi, 82, was having a liaison with a male sex worker. While others have also hinted at this rumor—twisting themselves into pretzels to explain such details as the broken window and a 911 call—none of them have the reach or influence of Musk.

And the outlet he cited is particularly unreliable. As the Los Angeles Times has reported, Santa Monica Observer has been the source of other patently false, ridiculous articles, including one that a body double for Hillary Clinton was sent to a debate with Donald Trump and that Kanye West was given a top job in the Interior Department.

Musk's irresponsible tweet comes just hours after Nancy Pelosi said in a statement that she and her family are "heartbroken and traumatized" by the attack on Paul, which left him with a fractured skull that had to be repaired in surgery.

The House speaker was in Washington during the attack, allegedly carried out by David DePape, 42, a Bay Area man who has promoted QAnon ideas and other far-right conspiracy theories online. He is expected to be formally charged on Monday.

Musk's takeover of Twitter has been cheered by conservatives who hope that he will reverse lifetime bans from the platform for various violations of the rules.

But that hasn't happened yet: Musk announced last week that he is forming content "councils" and will not be un-banning anyone or setting new guidelines until they start meeting.

After Musk spread the Pelosi story, several people replied to him saying they had reported his tweet. But hours later, his reply to Clinton remained up and it was unclear if anyone had reviewed his post.


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Revillug
Freshman Guide
1  seeder  Revillug    one month ago

Whelp, that didn't take long.

 
 
 
Veronica
Masters Expert
2  Veronica    one month ago

Sickening all the way around.

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
3  Kavika     one month ago

Not unexpected.

 
 
 
Split Personality
Professor Principal
4  Split Personality    one month ago

Twitter conservatives flooded it with memes and quotes that Trump won, Covid was a Hoax but Ivermectin works, while seeming to tempt the moderators to clamp down on that behavior or people competing to see how many times they could use the word "nigger" in a sentence.

If Twitter tanks of becomes another parlor, so be it.  Musk is sometimes his own worst enemy.

He paid 10% more than Twitter was worth, now it's delisted as a private company

but investors keep punishing Tesla for Elon's behavior at Twitter 

Tesla lost 75 billion in value Thursday.

 
 
 
Ender
Professor Principal
4.1  Ender  replied to  Split Personality @4    one month ago

Good. He is trash.

 
 
 
bbl-1
Professor Quiet
4.1.1  bbl-1  replied to  Ender @4.1    one month ago

Has also has 'favorable feelings' for The Putin Regime.  That must mean something, right?

 
 
 
Split Personality
Professor Principal
4.2  Split Personality  replied to  Split Personality @4    one month ago

April 4 Tesla was trading for $404 per share 

It dropped to $209.38 by May 24 before starting to recover to just over $300 per share in October.

After Musk walked into Twitter HQ with a sink and started firing everyone

Tesla shares plummeted to $216 Oct 27 as he vowed to purge the company.

Of what?

Value?

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Freshman Principal
4.2.1  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Split Personality @4.2    one month ago

How much did you lose?  What was the cost when you bought?

 
 
 
Split Personality
Professor Principal
4.2.2  Split Personality  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @4.2.1    one month ago

I sold my private shares in April.

My old 401K listed Tesla as a major investment and has lost enough to keep me working for the foreseeable future.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Freshman Principal
4.2.3  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Split Personality @4.2.2    one month ago

I hear you, and some here think that it's primarily the 1% in the market and we are all winners.

 
 
 
bbl-1
Professor Quiet
4.2.4  bbl-1  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @4.2.3    one month ago

Nobody wins if everybody loses.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Expert
4.2.5  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Split Personality @4.2    one month ago

I think it looks more like a bathroom sink, rather than a kitchen one.  Think of the significance of that.  LOL  Personally I think it means he's going to turn twitter into shit, or run it down the drain. 

 
 
 
Snuffy
Masters Guide
4.3  Snuffy  replied to  Split Personality @4    one month ago
Musk is sometimes his own worst enemy.

Yes he is.  To be fair, he may have not known that his retweet was bullshit but he's no longer in a position where he can just fire from the hip.  As the CEO of the company he has a duty to factcheck everything before he tweets.  

As far as Tesla losing $75 billion, it's still worth $716 billion and his net worth is still around $224 billion.  So I don't think he's sweating it too much.

 
 
 
Split Personality
Professor Principal
4.3.1  Split Personality  replied to  Snuffy @4.3    one month ago
So I don't think he's sweating it too much.

Probably not but the just fired upper echelon of Twitter will probably be going to court soon.

They were reportedly fired "for cause" to allow Musk to not pay severance or any stock value

owed under their contracts.

That may bite him in the ass eventually.

 
 
 
Snuffy
Masters Guide
4.3.2  Snuffy  replied to  Split Personality @4.3.1    one month ago

Yeah, maybe.  I don't know the employment laws in CA well enough to know one way or the other.  I know CA is strong on unions but I don't live there so really havn't paid that much attention to the employment laws of CA.  Time will tell just how badly it bites him.

 
 
 
Split Personality
Professor Principal
4.3.3  Split Personality  replied to  Snuffy @4.3.2    one month ago

Today Musk was "just thinking out loud" when he suggested that Twitter

should charge members $20 per month to verify their accounts and prove they aren't bots.

I'm with Steven King, "fuck that"...

Does it seem like Musk wants Twitter to fail?

 
 
 
Revillug
Freshman Guide
4.4  seeder  Revillug  replied to  Split Personality @4    one month ago
but investors keep punishing Tesla for Elon's behavior at Twitter 

Because buyers will shun Tesla cars.

Anybody can make an electric car at this point.

 
 
 
pat wilson
Professor Guide
4.4.1  pat wilson  replied to  Revillug @4.4    one month ago

Hyundai has the Kona for around $24,000. Considerably cheaper than a Tesla.

 
 
 
Ender
Professor Principal
4.4.2  Ender  replied to  pat wilson @4.4.1    one month ago

If I was going to spend as much as a tesla costs I would just get an Audi.

 
 
 
bbl-1
Professor Quiet
4.5  bbl-1  replied to  Split Personality @4    one month ago

Did Tesla lose the $75 billion or did some select investors get purged?

 
 
 
Split Personality
Professor Principal
4.5.1  Split Personality  replied to  bbl-1 @4.5    one month ago

The value in the company plunged hurting investors more than it hurt Tesla or Musk.

Overall Tesla lost $128 Billion in April  and 75 Billion this past Thursday.

Musk personally lost $25 Billion in April and another $15 Billion thgis week.

Every time he runs his mouth publicly he seems to lose a ton of $$.

In June he told Tesla to downsize by 10% because "he had a super bad feeling about the

economy" and share prices plunged 09%.

He's no Warren Buffet.  He shares too much.

 
 
 
Revillug
Freshman Guide
4.5.2  seeder  Revillug  replied to  bbl-1 @4.5    one month ago

Some people wonder how the Tesla stock price ever got this high in the first place.

 
 
 
bbl-1
Professor Quiet
4.5.3  bbl-1  replied to  Revillug @4.5.2    one month ago

And that is my point.  Is Musk a 'ponzi dude'?

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
4.6  Kavika   replied to  Split Personality @4    one month ago

Tesla makes a great deal of money selling its tax credits to other EV builders.

It was reported that for many years the selling of their EV tax credits keep it afloat.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Freshman Principal
4.6.1  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Kavika @4.6    one month ago
Tesla makes a great deal of money selling its tax credits to other EV builders.

You just have to love our tax code.

 
 
 
Ender
Professor Principal
5  Ender    one month ago

One way to destroy twitter. Make it another 4chan.

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
Professor Expert
6  Sean Treacy    one month ago

tweet by Hillary Clinton blasting the Republican Party for creating a toxic environment that lays the groundwork for violence against politici

as if this has any more basis In reality.

If ever there was a case of physician, heal thyself.

 
 
 
bbl-1
Professor Quiet
7  bbl-1    one month ago

Putin needs all of the cover he can get.  Although I suspect Putin and Musk may be a dollar short and a day late.  

Musk is protecting something.  Is it the 'wealth class' or is it something else more sinister?

 
 
 
JohnRussell
Professor Principal
8  JohnRussell    one month ago

Elon Musk embodies everything bad about modern America rolled into one. 

He thinks money buys him omnipotence. 

He is narcissistic in a very public way. 

Has no respect for truth.

Is a very eccentric personality with a big megaphone. 

 
 
 
Split Personality
Professor Principal
8.1  Split Personality  replied to  JohnRussell @8    one month ago

Probably either bipolar or a mildly autistic savant.

 
 
 
al Jizzerror
Junior Expert
9  al Jizzerror    one month ago

If the "new and exacerbated" Twitter becomes a right wing echo chamber, I suspect it will lose some of its value and most of its appeal.

CEOs who spread political dogma usually hurt their potential bottom line.

Tesla will probably lose more of its value too (it's still overpriced).

Much cheaper EVs are coming online now, so Tesla may become a battery company.

Keep your eye on Ford.  The F-150 will soon become the largest selling EV.

512

 
 
 
Split Personality
Professor Principal
9.1  Split Personality  replied to  al Jizzerror @9    one month ago

Interesting. 

Ford has two things Tesla doesn't have yet besides nostalgia.

The F150 and the Mustang.

By 2026 Ford will be the leader.

 
 

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