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Elon Musk Fires Back at Media With Viral Meme

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk shared a viral meme in an apparent response to the media’s reporting on him.

The meme shows three levels of the human brain.

The caption on the first showing an average brain level reads, “Publishing factual, accurate news.”

The second brain is brighter with the caption, “Publishing articles that use clickbait and out-of-context quotes.”

Finally, the third brain is extremely bright with the caption, “Publishing articles that are inaccurate, slanderous, and include at least one accusation of being a nazi.”

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Last week, The New York Post reported on backlash The New York Times received over a “hit piece” on Musk.

The Times’ John Eligon and Lynsey Chutel claimed Musk benefited from an “upbringing in elite, segregated white communities” in Johannesburg, “where black people were rarely seen other than in service of white families living in palatial homes.”

The piece suggested Musk’s being “insulated from the harsh reality” of the apartheid system could affect his sensitivity to racist hate speech that could pop up on Twitter upon his takeover, as the Post reported.

A Johannesburg-based legal analyst, Eusebius McKaiser, told the Times the billionaire “came up in a time and place in which there was hardly a free exchange of ideas, and he would not have had to suffer the violent consequences of misinformation.”

Musk’s mother responded to the story in a tweet.

“In South Africa, if you publicly opposed apartheid, you went to jail. In Russia, if you publicly oppose the war, you go to jail. [NY Times] are you going to blame children for decisions made by governments?” she said.

Earlier this week, a Twitter user shared a clip of Musk commenting on former President Donald Trump’s suspension from Twitter.

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Musk responded, “Important to listen to my full explanation.”

He said during the event sponsored by the Financial Times, “I guess the answer is that I would reverse the perma-ban.”

Musk added, “Obviously, I don’t own Twitter yet, so this is not like a thing that will definitely happen, cause what if I don’t own Twitter?”

He continued, “And Jack Dorsey, I want to be very clear, shares this opinion that we should not have perma-bans.”

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