Elon Musk Threatens Massive Lawsuit Against Media Matters for Targeting His Companies
Edited by: TJVNews.com
Tech mogul Elon Musk has announced his intention to pursue a legal challenge against Media Matters for America, a liberal watchdog group that has previously targeted Musk and his companies, as was reported by the New York Post. Musk’s announcement came in response to an article from Media Matters accusing Musk’s platform, X, of running ads for major companies alongside “pro-Nazi content.”
In a fiery statement on X that was posted on Saturday, Musk declared his plan to file a “thermonuclear lawsuit” against Media Matters and all those he believes colluded in what he termed a “fraudulent attack” on his company, the Post reported. Musk specifically mentioned targeting the organization’s board, donors, and network of dark money.
“The split second court opens on Monday, X Corp will be filing a thermonuclear lawsuit against Media Matters and ALL those who colluded in this fraudulent attack on our company. Their board, their donors, their network of dark money, all of them,” Musk said in his post.
The controversy arose after Media Matters published an article on Thursday alleging that X had run ads for Apple, Bravo, IBM, Oracle, and Xfinity next to content with pro-Nazi sentiments, as was indicated in the Post report. Following the publication, both Apple and IBM announced the suspension of advertising on X.
Other companies that are pulling their ads from X are Lion’s Gate Entertainment, Disney, Warner Brothers Discovery, Paramount Global, NBC Universal, Comcast and Sony, according to a Media Matters report.
Musk vehemently denied the accusations, asserting that Media Matters manipulated the platform to deceive advertisers. In his statement, he accused the watchdog group of creating an alternate account, curating posts, and manipulating advertising to misinform advertisers about the placement of their content, as was reported in the Post.
Calling Media Matters “pure evil,” Musk criticized the group for what he perceived as an attempt to undermine freedom of speech and mislead advertisers, the Post report noted.
“This week Media Matters for America posted a story that completely misrepresented the real experience on X, in another attempt to undermine freedom of speech and mislead advertisers,” Musk said, according to the Post report. “Media Matters created an alternate account and curated the posts and advertising appearing on the account’s timeline to misinform advertisers about the placement of their posts.”
This latest clash adds to Musk’s ongoing tensions with Media Matters.
The situation escalated further as Musk faced criticism for appearing to endorse anti-Semitic sentiments on X. Musk seemingly endorsed a user’s accusation that Jews in America were promoting “hatred against whites,” according to the Post report. Despite initial controversy, Musk later declared a ban on users using certain phrases like “decolonization” and “from the river to the sea,” citing them as euphemisms implying the complete destruction of Israel.
Media Matters, known for its campaigns against advertisers on right-wing platforms, has faced criticism for its tactics, which some view as misleading and selective editing, the report in the Post said. Musk’s legal threat against the organization follows a pattern of far-left nonprofit groups using advertiser boycotts to target right-wing causes.
Angelo Carusone, the President of Media Matters, responded to Musk’s legal threat, asserting that Musk is a “bully” attempting to silence accurate reporting, the Post reported. Carusone pointed out Musk’s acknowledgment that the ads in question did run alongside the pro-Nazi content identified by Media Matters. He expressed confidence that if Musk proceeds with a lawsuit, Media Matters will prevail, the Post report said. The conflict highlights the ongoing struggle between free speech, corporate responsibility, and the power dynamics within the digital landscape.
Media Matters was founded in 2004 by journalist and political activist David Brock as a counterweight to the conservative Media Research Center. It is known for its aggressive criticism of conservative journalists and media outlets, including its “War on Fox News,” as was reported by Wikipedia.org,
Brock said that he founded the organization to combat the conservative journalism sector that he had once been a part of, although some critics say he has simply adopted the tactics of his part for a new political side, according to a Wikipedia.org report. Brock further explained his motives for starting the group, telling The New York Times, that “the central thrust of his group would be to closely monitor conservative commentators and journalists and, when they make erroneous or misleading claims, to point them out and set the record straight.”
Brock founded the group with help from the Center for American Progress. Initial donors included Leo Hindery, Susie Tompkins Buell, and James Hormel, the Wikipedia report said,