Moonbat Group Petitions FCC To Block Musk’s Twitter Purchase, Gets Shot Down

I guess the Federal Communications Commission could sorta maybe have something to do with a social media platform in terms of purchases, but, as usual, a Leftist group went bat guano insane

FCC commissioner shoots down ‘absurd’ claim that the federal government can block Musk’s Twitter purchase

Brendan Carr, a commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), rejected a left-leaning organization’s claim that the FCC has the authority to block Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter, in part because Musk also owns Starlink.

After Twitter accepted Musk’s $44 billion offer Monday, the Open Markets Institute warned that the deal represents a threat to “American democracy and free speech,” suggested the deal is illegal, and argued that the federal government has the power to block it.

“The Open Markets Institute believes the deal poses a number of immediate and direct threats to American democracy and free speech,” OMI Director Barry Lynn said in a statement. “Open Markets also believes the deal violates existing law, and that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have ample authority to block it.”

A threat to democracy? Really? This has become a kneejerk response from American moonbats to anything they disagree with, even though a) we do not have a democracy and b) there’s zero threat except in their moonbat minds. Take a look at the news media in other countries. You aren’t seeing the same hysteria about the purchase of Twitter in Britain, France, Germany, or anywhere else. A threat to free speech? Yes, Progressives do see having more free speech as a threat to free speech.

Lynn ended the letter by encouraging the federal government not just to block Musk’s acquisition of Twitter, but to regulate Facebook, Google, and Amazon by firmly reestablishing “clear bans on any manipulation of communications by essential platforms, and to eliminate all business models that rely on such manipulation.”

See, what OMI really wants is government control of those companies, meaning that far left bureaucrats will set the terms for manipulation.

Brendan Carr, a Trump-appointed FCC commissioner, shot down Lynn’s claim as “absurd.”

“The FCC has no authority to block Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter, and to suggest otherwise is absurd,” Carr said in a statement Wednesday. “I would welcome the full FCC making it clear that we will not entertain these types of frivolous arguments.”

It is absurd, it is frivolous. OMI barely makes a decent argument, you can feel Lynn screeching while typing it. The article includes some of the letter, but, really needed this whole paragraph

The most obvious problem is that the deal would give to a single man – one who already wields immense political and economic power – direct control over one of world’s most important platforms for public communications and debate. As has been true from the Founding, the American people have an absolute right to ensure the full openness and neutrality of all essential public infrastructure. Specific to communications, we see this in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, in the Telegraph acts of 1860 and 1866, the Mann-Elkins Act of 1910, the Communications Act of 1934, and many other federal and state laws. Americans have also repeatedly used our antitrust laws to prevent concentrations of power over communications, speech, debate, and news.

Interestingly, the same moonbats, including OMI, have had no problem with the way Twitter and others censor those they disagree with. The bigger one is calling Twitter, and the others, “public infrastructure.” They really do think it’s essential to government. That it should be run by government. Loony tunes.

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11 Responses to “Moonbat Group Petitions FCC To Block Musk’s Twitter Purchase, Gets Shot Down”

  1. […] Also see: William Teach: Moonbat Group Petitions FCC To Block Musk’s Twitter Purchase, Gets Shot Down […]

  2. The left want to regulate Twitter because, horrors! Elon Musk supports freedom of Speech, but if the government can regulate social media that way when Joe Biden is President, the government can also regulate social media when Donald Trump or Ron DeSantis is President.

  3. Facts Matter says:

    Guess whats trending on Twitter?

    Not politics. Skateboarding, MLB and other benign hobbies.

    guess what is not trending? POLITICS.

    Guess who is SUDDENLY garnering 100,000’s of thousands of new followers?

    Tucker Carlson, and people on the right who have yet to be banned from twitter.

    In short. Twitter has destroyed its algorithm and is now allowing Twitter to do what twitter should be doing.

    90 percent of twitter is people talking about STUFF> NOT POLITICS. Baseball, the NFL draft, Skateboarding, The Olympics, etcc…etccc.

    Twitter will become the great town square and what will TREND? Perhaps some politics but mostly people can start talking about the NFL or NASCAR again or any of a dozen leftists hobbies without twitter shutting them down for driving the topic away from LGB or FF Trump etc…etc.

    We all win in the end. All sides.

  4. Hairy says:

    Of course the richest man in the world should control Twitter. The most globalist idiot should also control all the media not just Twittdr but EVERYTHING
    Will he use that platform to help cram EVs down our throats? Or try to stop the use of fossil fuels to generate electricity. Will he become the new hero of the rightwing now that Putin is being killed by Biden using those space based lasers that caused the Ci wildfires. Not even ivermectin can save Putin now.

    • L.G.Brandon!, L.G.Brandon! says:

      There is really something going around among you leftists. I mean first the loony toon QdOwd goes off the rails even more than normal a week or so ago and starts spouting all kinds of crazy gibberish and now Hairy is acting like a raped ape.

      Is all this just over Twitter being bought by Musk? I didn’t see all this concern because Murdock owns the NY Post and FOX. I see no fear and angst about Gates financial power or Bezos owning Amazon and the Washington Post. Not a whimper cause Zuckerberg owns about 13% of Facebook. But let one African American buy one lousy social media platform to reform it into a free speech zone and all you commies go batshit crazy.

      So we over on the right side have to figure it’s the “free speech” stuff that’s got ya all so nuts. Relax, grasshoppers, you’ll have free speech too. It’s not like the way you all run your platforms. Cutting people out to steal elections and all. I think ole Elon may actually believe in good old American First Amendment stuff. Go figure. It takes a foreigner to teach these leftists what Freedom is all about.


  5. JimS says:

    The FCC should have no authority over the internet except over those technical aspects that use or effect the RF spectrum. Stuff like frequency allocations for routers, and wireless gizmos like Musk’s Starlink; as well as standards for interference from hardwired devices.

  6. Jl says:

    John-would that be like Jeff Bezos owing the Washington Post? He’s sorta rich, too.

  7. Jl says:

    John-did you hear that Amazon lost 7.6 billion after investing in the electric car company Rivian? I thought they were the up and coming thing…

  8. Elwood P. dOwd says:

    Earlier, connies were advocating that the gov’t takeover of private businesses that refused to publish right-wing disinformation! LOL.

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