by Jason DeWitt | RNN
Some major news has dropped over at Twitter that has members of the left (and some on the right) melting down.
Keith Olbermann, formerly of ESPN and MSNBC, and more recently an unhinged, foul-mouthed wackjob on Twitter, was banned.
As was Aaron Rupar, a far-left hack who posts clips of conservatives out of context in order to push political narratives has been banned from the social media site.
The immediate reaction was that Rupar must have been banned for partisan reasons.
— Steve St. Germain » (@stevestgermain) December 16, 2022
The irony in those posts is so thick you can cut it with a knife. For over a decade, conservatives with large followings and careers based around Twitter have been banned. Not once did I see a liberal shed a tear, demanding they be reinstated. On the contrary, the usual response was to cheer the suspensions as justified.
Given that, when I saw Rupar had been suspended, my first reaction was to wait and see. He’s earned no benefit of the doubt, and if there’s a legitimate violation, then why would I stump to have him to be reinstated?
Sure enough, it looks like he broke a rule on doxxing that Musk recently expanded after a truly scary incident in Los Angeles Wednesday when his toddler son was nearly attacked by a wannabe ANTIFA thug, who blocked the car the boy was driving in and jumped on the hood…
Musk’s driver got a photo of the nutjob driver and his license plate before he raced off:
The new Twitter owner had the same day banned the posting of links to a site called ElonJet, which tracks Musk’s jet despite the fact that the FAA has an ADSB privacy ban on it.
In other words, you normally can’t search his tail number and see where he’s at. ElonJets gets around that by knowing where the planes were last and revealing their otherwise anonymous flight paths.
Musk had a few days earlier reported on an increase in death threats against himself and his family, so it is unreasonable to expect him to permit live updates of their whereabouts on a platform he now owns.
They posted my exact real-time location, basically assassination coordinates, in (obvious) direct violation of Twitter terms of service— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 16, 2022Advertisement
The argument against Rupar’s suspension is that Musk broadened the doxxing rules out recently, making it a bannable offense to post someone’s live location in most situations. Some would say that’s too personal, with him yielding his power more like a king than someone pursuing a broad free speech policy.
I get the critique. At the same time, when Twitter updates the TOS and very specifically says to not post links to the locations of Musk and his family, maybe doing it anyway and taunting the guy who owns the site isn’t such a great idea?
Criticizing me all day long is totally fine, but doxxing my real-time location and endangering my family is not— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 16, 2022
Liberals have been so used to never having the rules enforced against them – while conservatives were banned at the drop of a hat – that they act shocked when an equal playing field emerges.
To summarize, Rupar is one of the worst figures on the internet. That doesn’t necessarily mean he should be banned, though. In fact, it’s fun having him around to dunk on. Still, if he purposely set out to break the TOS, which is what it looks like, then he was banned justifiably. Whether it’s long-term or just a few days, I guess we’ll find out.
UPDATE: Also banned were CNN reporter Donie O’Sullivan, New York Times reporter Ryan Mac, Washington Post reporter Drew Harwell, The Intercept journalist Micah Lee, for deliberately repeating Rupar’s doxxing of Elon Musk.
This is a developing story that is exploding at this hour, we will update as situation warrants…