It appears that the tide has now officially turned after NBC News suspended a star reporter for expressing bias while reporting on Elon Musk.
Ben Collins is a left-wing activist-come-propagandist who parades as an NBC “disinformation” reporter.
He describes his area of expertise as: “Senior reporter, dystopia beat, @NBCNews.”
The title is intentionally vague because Collins is a new breed of journalist: One who doesn’t report on the misdeeds of the powerful but censors and scolds on their behalf.
The news is meant to inform people, not persuade them – a rule that many media hacks appear to have abandoned a long time ago.
With Musk’s installments of the “Twitter Files” releases, the widespread propaganda effort is finally being exposed.
Collins and his allies are not happy about Musk’s shakeup of Twitter.
However, Musk has now done the unthinkable and started banning them.
The Left did not take this loss of power well.
Collins has been one of the most vocal critics of Musk’s anti-censorship agenda.
And in a plot twist that spells doom for Collins and his ilk, and shows you the tide has turned permanently, NBC just suspended him over his bias against Musk.
— Ben Smith (@semaforben) December 16, 2022
According to Semafore:
“NBC News had already benched one of the journalists who has reported on Twitter and been harshly critical of Musk.
“NBC News temporarily suspended tech reporter Ben Collins from covering Musk on NBC and MSNBC airwaves.
“According to two sources, the network told Collins earlier this month that his criticism of Musk, which included comments about how the billionaire was purposefully trying to destroy Twitter, was not editorially appropriate.
“Collins continued to tweet his reporting about Twitter last night about the social network’s ban of journalists.
“The New York Times released a statement Thursday evening calling the move ‘questionable and unfortunate,’ and called for the tech company to offer an explanation about the suspension.
“Privately on Friday, the paper’s leadership asked staff not to fight with Musk on Twitter.”
NBC News has suspended Ben Collins from MSNBC and NBC for his unprofessional attacks on Elon Musk.
You love to see it.
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) December 16, 2022
From The National Review:
Collins, who advocates banning disfavored public figures from major tech platforms in much of his writing and on-air commentary, has been barred from talking about Musk on the airwaves of NBC and MSNBC, Semafor reported.
The ban comes after Collins spent weeks attacking Musk over his decision to restore the accounts of a number of right-wing influencers and provocateurs, such as Roger Stone and Laura Loomer.
The dictate from NBC executives reportedly came down after Collins ridiculed Musk for failing to realize that Twitter’s deputy general counsel, James Baker, had previously served as general counsel for the FBI.
— Tasneem Nashrulla (@TasneemN) December 16, 2022
This is an absolutely outrageous course of action by @NBCNews to take in response to a an unprecedented attack on journalistic freedom
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) December 16, 2022