CNN's Unprecedented Attack on Elon Musk: 'Unhinged Billionaire' or 'Menace'?

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by Zain ul Abedin
CNN's Unprecedented Attack on Elon Musk: 'Unhinged Billionaire' or 'Menace'?
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In a startling turn of events, CNN has launched a blistering assault on Elon Musk, branding the Tesla founder as an "unhinged billionaire" and a "menace." This dramatic confrontation comes on the heels of Musk's recent offensive against the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

Oliver Darcy, a prominent figure at CNN, delivered this stinging critique within the pages of the network's nightly newsletter, Reliable Sources, in a section titled "Musk the Menace." Darcy delved into the depths of Elon Musk's simmering rage directed at the ADL, provoked by the nonprofit's vocal condemnation of the proliferation of hate speech on Musk's newly rebranded social media platform, X.

"The unhinged billionaire, incensed by the ADL's audacity in pointing out hate speech on his X/Twitter platform, continued to smear the ADL and launched a ferocious verbal assault on its chief executive, Jonathan Greenblatt," wrote Darcy.

Despite the ominous atmosphere surrounding this clash, Greenblatt remained resolute in the ADL's mission and unwavering in the face of intimidation. Earlier this week, Musk even hinted at conducting a poll to potentially ban the ADL from X, going as far as to label the organization as the "biggest generator of anti-Semitism" on the platform.

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Musk's accusations didn't stop there; he criticized the ADL for its aggressive stance on banning social media accounts, ironically accusing them of being the primary instigators of anti-Semitism on their own platform.

Musk went on to argue that the ADL had become overly zealous and "hijacked by woke mind virus." Meanwhile, Darcy and the ADL's executive director raised concerns about major brands, including Apple, McDonald's, Red Bull, MLB, and NFL, continuing to advertise on X despite the ongoing controversy.

Even notable publications like The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post chose to maintain their presence on X, despite Musk's claim that ad revenue had plummeted by 60%. Jonathan Greenblatt urged these brands to reflect on their values and consider how they align with the content they associate with, emphasizing the importance of responsible advertising.

However, he acknowledged that advertisers would ultimately make their own decisions in this regard. This latest showdown between Musk and the ADL reignites a longstanding feud. Musk had previously stirred controversy by likening the renowned Jewish billionaire George Soros to a popular comic book supervillain, sparking condemnation from Greenblatt, who deemed Musk's comments "distressing" and "dangerous." Greenblatt expressed concerns that such rhetoric could embolden extremists and foster anti-Semitic conspiracies.

In this intense battle of words and principles, the clash between Elon Musk and the ADL continues to captivate public attention. Stay updated on this unfolding story by subscribing to the newsletter for your daily dose of breaking celebrity news – all for free.

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