After facing intense backlash over his support for the antisemitic Great Replacement Theory, a drove of advertisers left Twitter last week, costing the company as much as $75 million by the end of the year. Not only that, but a number of brands, including Disney, Marvel, Pixar, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (and Pajiba), have moved to Threads and stopped posting to Twitter, at least temporarily.
In response, Elon Musk has spent the last several days unsuccessfully combatting backlash by, for instance, traveling to Israel and touring sites of deadly attacks with a man arguably even more unpopular than Musk. He also insisted just yesterday that Twitter was the best source for truth on the Internet, tweeting, “The public will increasingly come to realize that X is the best source of truth, causing our user numbers to rise as they abandon the less accurate sources of information.”
While insisting that Twitter is the “best place for truth,” today Musk tweeted out a meme alluding to a conspiracy theory predicated on a fake news story.
The allusion is Pizzagate, a discredited alt-Nazi conspiracy theory that posited a D.C. pizza establishment was ground zero for a Democratic pedophilia ring. The fake news story alluded to in the meme is a completely fabricated story that circulated over the summer in QAnon circles that a former ABC journalist, James Meek, busted for child pornography was also responsible for debunking Pizzagate. James Meek had nothing to do with Pizzagate. The NYPost headline cited by QAnon was photoshopped.
We use images of Lee Pace in lieu of photos of Elon Musk for aesthetic reasons and with apologies to Lee Pace. Today’s comes from a 2006 Diesel photoshoot.