“You represent the problem: journalists who think they are the only source of legitimate information. That’s the big lie.”
That is what Elon Musk wrote on Twitter the other day and it perfectly encapsulates the attitude of mainstream media journalists, who consider themselves the arbiters of truth.
Musk’s original Tweet said that “Twitter needs to become by far the most accurate source of information about the world. That’s our mission,” to which Kyle Grantham replied, “And to do this, I’ll let anyone to gives [sic] me money appear to be a legitimate source of news, rather than just ensuring all legitimate sources of news are confirmed to be who they say they are.”
You represent the problem: journalists who think they are the only source of legitimate information. That’s the big lie.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 7, 2022
Grantham referred to the new policy of Twitter called “Twitter Blue,” which allows users to pay $8 a month to be “verified” and have a blue checkmark next to their name. Whether you like Musk’s new policy is irrelevant; the point that he makes in his reply is valid and extremely important.
Musk seems to be among a growing number of people that are fed up with the lies and obvious partisanship of the mainstream media. These journalists think that they own the truth because they write for outlets with big names and brands like the New York Times or the Washington Post.
According to them, whether or not something is truthful or trustworthy depends more on who is saying it rather than what is being said.
An argument that I heard when I was discussing COVID policies went something like this: “I have not read these studies that you cite, but I trust the ‘quality’ media outlets would tell me this information if it were so relevant. I’d rather trust them than what some guy on the internet says.”
What if the “guy on the internet” is a credentialed doctor like Dr. Peter McCullough, Dr. Mike Yeadon, Dr. Robert Malone, or Professor John Ioannidis who presents logical arguments against draconian COVID measures or the COVID jabs and backs it up with data derived from government databases?
Even if this “guy on the internet” did not have any credentials, he could still make sound arguments that debunk the often-nonsensical government policies that were allegedly based on “the science.” Again, truth is not determined by who says it, but by what is being said.