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THE REVELATION – IF YOU WANT TO CALL IT THAT:   No matter what you think of Elon Musk, he is doing a real service by releasing the documents from his newly acquired Twitter service that prove how Twitter suppressed the truth about Hunter Biden and alleged corruption in the Biden family...and did so only weeks before the 2020 presidential election.  Polls show that most Americans might have voted differently had this information been public. 

The sleeziness is pathetic, not only on the part of Twitter and its ideological masters at the time, but on the part of the American press, which has largely refused to pursue the truth of the issue.  As more information comes out, our so-called "journalism" will look worse and worse...and more and more useless.  If the news business does not improve its product, and there's not much evidence that it's even interested, then visionaries with major resources will have to step forward and form new news organizations based on the principles of Joseph Pulitzer – to report the news without fear or favor, and leave opinion to the editorial page.

From Fox:

Twitter owner Elon Musk released bombshell revelations about what led the tech giant to suppress the Hunter Biden story in the final weeks of the 2020 presidential election. 
After a lengthy delay, Musk outsourced his findings to Substack journalist Matt Taibbi, who published a lengthy thread about what had transpired behind the scenes at Twitter. 

"Some of the first tools for controlling speech were designed to combat the likes of spam and financial fraudsters. Slowly, over time, Twitter staff and executives began to find more and more uses for these tools. Outsiders began petitioning the company to manipulate speech as well: first a little, then more often, then constantly," Taibbi wrote. "By 2020, requests from connected actors to delete tweets were routine. One executive would write to another: ‘More to review from the Biden team.’ The reply would come back: 'Handled.'"

Taibbi shared a screenshot of that October 2020 exchange featuring links to tweets Biden's team allegedly wanted taken down.

"Both parties had access to these tools. For instance, in 2020, requests from both the Trump White House and the Biden campaign were received and honored. However…  This system wasn't balanced," Taibbi wrote. "It was based on contacts. Because Twitter was and is overwhelmingly staffed by people of one political orientation, there were more channels, more ways to complain, open to the left (well, Democrats) than the right."

"The resulting slant in content moderation decisions is visible in the documents you’re about to read. However, it’s also the assessment of multiple current and former high-level executives," the journalist teased. 

He then quickly pivoted to the "Twitter Files" regarding the suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop story. 

Taibbi tweeted "there’s no evidence - that I've seen" that the federal government had a role in suppressing the Hunter Biden laptop story but that "the decision was made at the highest levels of the company, but without the knowledge of CEO Jack Dorsey, with former head of legal, policy and trust Vijaya Gadde playing a key role."

COMMENT:  By any standard, this should be a major, continuing news story.  An election was influenced.  It is the kind of thing you'd expect in a third-world country, at least one that has the internet. 

But the mainstream media, in my view, will try to crush the story by simply ignoring it.  The very people who shout regularly that Donald Trump is a threat to democracy are unlikely to concede that they are a threat to democracy.  Confession is not part of the leftist culture.

I'm not even sure there'll be a big book. 

The question remains as to whether other platforms will, in future election seasons, try again to tamper with the vote.  Unless there is a severe punishment for the people who worked the system at Twitter, I can't see why they won't try. 

December 2, 2022