Musk: Why is the media misrepresenting the issue of ethnic violence?

Disinformation in the media

Published 10 May 2023
- By Editorial Staff

Elon Musk, CEO of Twitter, questions why the US media is misrepresenting reality and making it appear that black people are being victimized by white perpetrators – when the reality is usually the opposite.

The image conveyed to the public by the media and politicians is usually that black people are subjected to violence by white people and that black people are victims and white people are perpetrators. However, the real situation is quite different and in the United States, according to available statistics, black people are much more likely to use violence against white people than vice versa.

Twitter’s CEO and owner Elon Musk is one of those who have drawn attention to how the media distorts reality, calling it “strange” and asking “why would the media misrepresent the real situation to such an extreme degree?”

Musk also comments on other Twitter posts related to statistics on ethnic violence, describing it as “interesting” that the media is four times more likely to mention the ethnicity of the killer if he or she is white compared to black.

Also, statistics showing that black men are more likely to murder other black men, while white men are more likely to kill themselves, are commented as “interesting” by Musk and he reacts to the fact that the New York Times and the Washington Post increased the use of terms such as “racist”, “racists” and “racism” by more than 700% and almost 1000% respectively between 2011 and 2019.

Left-liberal opinion makers and policymakers have always been very negative about Musk’s takeover of Twitter – one of the main reasons for this has been a stated concern for reduced censorship on the platform and greater freedom of expression for users.

Under previous ownership, posts and information highlighting black-on-white violence or criticizing issues such as multiculturalism, mass immigration, LGBT and feminism have often been labeled as “far-right” hate and often censored.