A “woke” reporter ended up getting humiliated by his own past tweets after his threats against Elon Musk on Twitter immediately backfired.
The Left has been outraged after Musk suspended several leftist journalists on Thursday.
Twitter updated its policies earlier this week to ban “doxxing” – the posting of a person’s personal information, such as their address or location, against their wishes.
Several left-wing journalists were then suspended for using a private jet tracker to tell Twitter users where Musk was in real time.
However, Musk has long argued that publishing his real-time location puts him and his family in danger, especially due to the increased threats he’s received since taking over Twitter.
Musk had already suspended the plane tracker’s account, but the journalists were sharing his tracking data from other social media outlets.
Twitter suspended the plane tracker after the data led to a stalker attacking a car containing Musk’s son.
Musk also asked for help from the public to identify the attacker.
Those suspended included Washington Post reporter Drew Harwell, CNN reporter Donie O’Sullivan, the New York Times’s Ryan Mac, progressive propagandist Aaron Rupar, hardcore leftist Keith Olbermann, and others.
As Musk explained, he took action after his family was “doxxed.”
“As I’m sure anyone who has been doxed would agree, you know, showing real-time information about someone’s location is inappropriate and I think everyone on this call would not like that to be done to them,” Musk said to a group of journalists on a conference call with the media.
Meanwhile, the suspensions drove CBS Sports alumnus and sports reporter Jason Kint into a furious meltdown.
Kint, who was not one of those suspended, was infuriated after Musk put the journalists on suspension.
He jumped to his own Twitter account to blast Musk, warning that the recently ensconced owner of Twitter had better “fix this within the hour with an explanation.”
He then threatened Musk with an ultimatum.
Kint warned that, if Musk doesn’t meet his demands, then “I’ll be on Capitol Hill tomorrow demanding that he be hauled in front of Congress.”
I don’t know what happened here but if @elonmusk doesn’t fix this within the hour with an explanation by morning, I’ll be on Capitol Hill tomorrow demanding that he be hauled in front of Congress. pic.twitter.com/8oTmLkbdzZ
— Jason Kint (@jason_kint) December 16, 2022
It’s unclear whether or not Musk is quaking in his boots over the thought of Kint’s crusade on Capitol Hill.
Kint tweeted on, accusing Musk of creating new rules, then punishing the journalists in retrospect for violating them.
The sports journalist added that Musk is “leaning into a claimed rule established yesterday – which was his right to establish; it’s a very bad decision to ban press for reporting on it – which is his right; and misrepresenting the facts on it all.”
Kint was, of course, presenting himself as a supporter of the First Amendment and claiming Musk was a violator of all that is holy by banning journalists and putting a halt to their free speech.
If the Internet wasn’t forever, then Kint could have almost passed himself off to his followers as a crusader for free speech.
But, unfortunately for Kint, the “woke” journalist was hoisted by his own petard when his own past tweets reemerged and ended up exposing him as a hypocrite.
Indeed, when the leftists were running Twitter, Kint was all up in arms against those who criticized the outlet for banning conservative users.
Indeed, Kint was seen tweeting that Twitter was a “private company,” and therefore people should just shut up because they had a right to ban anyone they wanted to ban.
Several Twitter users were quick to bust Kint on his hypocrisy.
“Is this you?” one Twitter user asked in a post containing Kint’s old tweets.
“No longer care it’s a private platform?
“We were all so impressed by your principles.”
Isn't this amazing? Kint's forgotten what he's tweeted in the past. Surely he knew these tweets would resurface. I'm embarrassed for him.
— K_4_Truth (@K_4_Truth) December 16, 2022
It's a Private Company!
Isn't that you go to when it's favorable to you? pic.twitter.com/pmFh1YFAJN
— Will_Sinner (@willsin4fun) December 16, 2022
LOL. This should be in Webster’s under examples of “hoisted with his own petard.”
— BearFlagFan (@BearFlagFan) December 16, 2022
Like too many left-wing “journalists,” Kint was all about the freedom of a “private company” to do whatever it wanted to do when Twitter was banning conservative users, including President Donald Trump.
Musk argues that, when people are using social media as a weapon to actually put people in harm’s way, some limits have to be imposed.
If people were using social media to track down Barack Obama’s children or climb through Paul Pelosi’s bedroom widow in the middle of the night while Nancy’s out of town, they’d be the loudest ones calling for bans to be imposed.