Elon Musk mocks New York Times for being a ‘boon’ in world conflicts – after paper’s hit job on him


While Elon Musk continues to navigate his $44billion potential takeover of Twitter, he’s still got time for settling scores on the social media behemoth after calling out the New York Times Wednesday. 

Musk, who changed his Twitter profile’s location to ‘Twitter HQ’ and his biography to ‘Chief Twit,’ is two days from of a court-ordered deadline to complete the $44 billion takeover.

However, while using the app on Wednesday, he chose to criticize a Times hit piece on Musk’s involvement in foreign affairs. 

The paper called Musk a ‘geopolitical chaos agent’ for his suggestions about ending the war in Ukraine, the protests in Iran and the situation between China and Taiwan.

Musk tweeted their words back at them: ‘The New York Times has emerged as a new, chaotic actor in global politics. The paper’s interventions in some of the world’s most combustible conflicts have sometimes been a boon, but their messaging has also caused problems.’ 

While Elon Musk continues to navigate his $44billion potential takeover of Twitter, he’s still got time for settling scores on the social media behemoth after calling out the New York Times Wednesday

The paper called Musk a 'geopolitical chaos agent' for his suggestions about ending the war in Ukraine, the protests in Iran and the situation between China and Taiwan

The paper called Musk a ‘geopolitical chaos agent’ for his suggestions about ending the war in Ukraine, the protests in Iran and the situation between China and Taiwan

The billionaire Tesla CEO then cracked a joke at the ‘anonymous sources’ the Times used to make their case, saying: ‘According to unnamed sources close to the matter who wish to remain anonymous,’ before using the crying laughing emoji.

About a half hour after his original tweet, he became more serious: ‘A beautiful thing about Twitter is how it empowers citizen journalism – people are able to disseminate news without an establishment bias.’

He was then asked how he felt about local news coverage and suggested it was ‘closer to citizen journalism’ and that it ‘should get way more prominence on Twitter.’ 

The piece criticizes Musk’s attempt to suggest a peace plan between the Ukrainians and the Russians that has offended Ukrainian officials. 

They cited his attempts in Aspen to propose Russia annexing some Ukrainian land in exchange for peace. President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine were heavily critical of the idea, even as they continue to rely on Musk’s Starlink to maintain wartime internet access. 

The billionaire Tesla CEO cracked a joke at the 'anonymous sources' the Times used to make their case, saying: 'According to unnamed sources close to the matter who wish to remain anonymous,' before using the crying laughing emoji

The billionaire Tesla CEO cracked a joke at the ‘anonymous sources’ the Times used to make their case, saying: ‘According to unnamed sources close to the matter who wish to remain anonymous,’ before using the crying laughing emoji

About a half hour after his original tweet, he became more serious: 'A beautiful thing about Twitter is how it empowers citizen journalism - people are able to disseminate news without an establishment bias'

About a half hour after his original tweet, he became more serious: ‘A beautiful thing about Twitter is how it empowers citizen journalism – people are able to disseminate news without an establishment bias’

The Times also criticized Musk’s attempts to get Starlink running in Iran, which were described as muddled and allowed what they described as ‘hackers believed to have links’ to the Iranian government to run a phishing campaign.

Amir Rashidi, an Iranian digital rights expert, called it ‘irresponsible’ and added ‘It was just someone who wanted to jump up to say, ‘I’m doing something good,’ without understanding what the consequences would be.’

Finally, they hammered at Musk’s suggestion of easing tensions between China and Taiwan by giving the Chinese some control over Ukraine, which a Taiwanese legislator suggested may lead to a multi-national boycott of Tesla. 

It comes a day after Musk made a vow in a video conference call with bankers, who are helping fund the deal, that he would close the takeover deal before the end of the week. 

Twitter’s stock price has soared in recent weeks and closed at $53.35 on Wednesday – close to the $54.20-a-share first offered by Musk for the firm in April. 

Musk, 51, looked happy and healthy as he strutted in to what’s believed to be his newest purchase. He recently lost 20 pounds as a result of an intermittent fasting diet. 

Led by Morgan Stanley, the banks have finished putting together the final credit agreement and are in the process of signing the documentation, marking one of the last steps in providing $13 billion towards the deal. 

But the imminent deal comes amid a gloomy report which found Twitter has suffered an ‘absolute decline’ in users since the pandemic, with ‘heavy tweeters’ making up less than 10 percent of accounts.

Banks have started to send $13 billion in cash backing Musk’s takeover of Twitter in a sign that the deal is on track to close by the end of the week, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Once final closing conditions are met, the funds will be made available for Musk to execute the transaction by the Friday deadline, the report added.



Read more at DailyMail.co.uk