Monday, April 15, 2024

Fear and Loathing Set in as Elon Musk Buys Twitter in Deal Worth $44 Billion: Will Trump Return?


Elon Musk has bought Twitter outright in a deal worth $44 billion. That’s right. @JackDorsey, who was gone, is now really gone. The inmates are running the asylum.

The reaction on Twitter is fear and loathing. Will Musk reinstate Donald Trump and all the other crazy right wing freaks that have been banned for the last two years? That’s the biggest crisis facin the social media platform now.

But will Musk risk his whole Tesla operation to try something so crazy? Bringing back Trump et al would certainly jeopardize the customer base that has made him so rich. And it’s not like there aren’t plenty of options for people wanting electric cars but no longer wanting the Musk-Trump connection. Teslas could soon be all over the secondary market if Musk brings Trump back to Twitter.

So we wait and see who Musk puts on his board and what his first moves are. My guess is none of this happens, Trump et al remain off the platform, and life goes on. Or maybe that’s just wishful thinking.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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