Source Gatestone Institute
NEW YORK, U.S.--The hard left is going absolutely crazy over Elon Musk's decision to buy Twitter. One of their arguments, made loudly by former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, is that no one person should own and control such an important media platform.
Many of the most important media in the country have long been owned and controlled by individuals or close-knit families. So don't believe what Reich and others say about why they are opposed to Musk's purchase.
The real reason, of course, is the fear by the hard left of losing their control over social media. Recent polls suggest that the vast majority of social media employees are Democrats who lean left. Hard left zealots applauded when these media denied the American public their free speech rights to hear the views of people with whom the hard left disagrees.
What Robert Reich and his ilk are really afraid of is actual freedom of speech. For understandable reasons, they fear the kind of populism that has spread throughout the world, because it tends to lean right. But Democracy and free speech require that all views be available in the marketplace of ideas.
"Mr. Musk: free speech is wonderful, hate speech is unacceptable. Disinformation, misinformation and hate speech have NO PLACE on Twitter."
He, along with others, have urged Twitter to keep denying their followers their right to read Trump's tweets:
"Mr. Musk: Do not allow 45 to return to the platform. Do not allow Twitter to become a petri dish for hate speech, misinformation or disinformation. Protecting our democracy is of utmost importance.
"Mr. Musk: Lives are at risk, and so is American democracy."
Elon Musk is a private citizen who is not bound by the First Amendment. He can censor if he chooses to, but he can also refuse to censor. He can apply to Twitter what Chief Justice Rehnquist once said about our Constitution: "Under the First Amendment there is no such thing as a false idea."
The result has been a strong bias in favor of the hard left and against the hard right by many social media. While I often agree with that leftward orientation as a matter of my personal political preferences, I demand the right to read opposing views.
The decision by Musk to buy Twitter threatens the left-wing bias of the current social media. I welcome Musk's purchase of Twitter and fervently hope that he runs it in the spirit of our great experiment in liberty, namely the First Amendment.