Politico White House editor and MSNBC contributor Sam Stein has come under fire on Twitter after he appeared to caution Elon Musk against criticizing powerful Democratic politicians.
Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., released an official Senate letter to Twitter CEO Musk complaining that a Washington Post reporter may have created a verified account impersonating him. He tweeted, “I demand answers from @elonmusk who puts profits before people and his debt against stopping misinformation. Twitter needs to explain how this happened and how to prevent it from happening again.”
Musk offered a sarcastic response, “Maybe it’s because your real account looks like a parody?”
Musk responded to a user who suggested he was taking a major risk by mocking a Democrat who might crack down on Twitter, prompting Musk to respond, “Are you suggesting the senator will abuse his political power to m ‘tackle ?”
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Stein was another source who issued the warning, tweeting, “Always risky attacking members of Congress. Especially risky with Democrats assured of Senate power. Musk’s curious game here. He has many interests before Congress .”
Many commentators criticized Stein for his comment, hitting him for the idea that a reporter is afraid to attack a congressman as well as do government bidding and appearing to encourage Musk to face the consequences of his tweets.
National Review’s Charles CW Cooke tweeted, “You’re a journalist. Maybe dismiss that premise?”
Washington Times Pentagon reporter Mike Glenn tweeted: “According to @SamStein, politicians shouldn’t be criticized if they know what’s good for them. Spoken like a true servant.”
“Nothing to do here… Just a hack of MSNBC doing the: ‘nice company you have there @elonmusk… shame if Congress DID ANYTHING ABOUT IT,'” wrote Andrew Follett, senior analyst at the Club for Growth.
The Spectator’s editor, Stephen L. Miller, wrote: “‘Don’t mock us on Twitter or we’ll subpoena you and destroy your business. “probably doesn’t play as well as you think.”
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Other Twitter users criticized Stein from another angle, suggesting that liberals and those allied with Democrats do not fear equal retaliation for criticizing Republican politicians.
“I’m sure there’s a reason why you find it risky, and why such risk doesn’t exist in attacking Republicans,” Townhall writer and podcaster Brad Slager wrote.
Conservative media commentator Kyle Becker wrote a very similar observation of unequal consequences: “Unless it’s the Republicans your network is attacking 24/7, 365 days a year, amirite?”
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Freelance journalist Glenn Greenwald warned that many Democrats like Markey already have a habit of pushing tech companies to do their bidding.
“Here is @SenMarkey demanding censorship of tech companies in line with his political views,” Greenwald shared a video, “all against the backdrop of his party threatening legal and regulatory retaliation against social media companies if they fail to comply. their censorship orders. Classic tyranny: “