Soros-Backed Group Dealt Devastating Blow after Trying to Sink Musk-Twitter Deal
FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr rejects left-wing group's request
A George Soros-funded institute is suffering a massive blow after trying to sink the deal with Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Twitter.
The left-wing think tank, Open Markets Institute, lists Soros’ Open Society Foundation as one of its major donors.
Reporter, Mona Salama, wrote on Twitter the group asked the Federal Communications Commission, Federal Trade Commission, and Department of Justice to block Musk’s acquisition of Twitter.
The group claimed these three agencies had “ample authority to block it.”
On Wednesday, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr vehemently rejected the request.
“The FCC has no authority to block Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter, and to suggest otherwise is absurd,” Carr wrote in a news release shared to his Twitter account.
“I would welcome the full FCC making it clear that we will not entertain these types of frivolous arguments," Carr added.
As Carr’s statement indicated, he wasn’t speaking for the FCC as a body.
The commission is supposed to have five members, with no more than three belonging to either the Republican or Democratic parties. Carr, appointed by former President Donald Trump, is one of two Republicans on the commission.
Open Markets Institute,a small liberal think tank funded by George Soros wanted the FCC, FTC & DOJ to block the Musk-Twitter deal,saying the 3 federal agency has "ample authority to block it"— Mona Salama (@MonaSalama_) April 27, 2022
FCC clapback to OMI to say they "Will not entertain these types of frivolous arguments" pic.twitter.com/XMljfd0tjB
As The Western Journal reported:
There are two Democrats, with the final slot currently vacant. In March, the Senate Commerce Committee tied on a vote on President Joe Biden’s nomination of Gigi Sohn, which sends the nomination to the Senate without a recommendation, according to TVTechnology, a media trade journal. (Sohn is a controversial pick, critized by notable conservatives like Fox News host Tucker Carlson.)
In the caption that accompanied the release, Carr further criticized Open Minds Institute’s absurd suggestion.
“The FCC has zero authority to block Musk’s purchase of Twitter,” Carr wrote.
“And it is particularly frivolous to ask the agency to do so in the name of protecting free speech and open debate.”
The request from a Soros-funded institute to block Musk’s deal with Twitter is clearly politically motivated.
Soros himself wants to ensure Twitter can keep censoring ideas he does not like, and that is why he tried to block Musk from bringing free speech back to Twitter.
The FCC has zero authority to block Musk’s purchase of Twitter.— Brendan Carr (@BrendanCarrFCC) April 27, 2022
And it is particularly frivolous to ask the agency to do so in the name of protecting free speech and open debate. pic.twitter.com/bOB4LpEvlB
The good news is that Carr was not fooled by Soros’ antics. In additional tweets, Carr dismantled a common leftist argument against Musk’s acquisition of Twitter.
“The pro-censorship crowd is running a straw man argument,” he wrote in a Tweet along with a video of his appearance Tuesday on Fox Business Network’s “Mornings with Maria.”
“They say that @Twitter must stick with its current approach to moderation or unleash a flood of terrorist speech & illegal content. This is a false choice that ignores the issue: suppression of core political speech.”
In the interview, he explained what he believed contributed to the increased censorship Americans are seeing today.
“There was a pivot point in this country that I think came around 2016, when people started to reach the view, particularly among the hard left, that the free exchange of ideas is incompatible with the outcomes that they want to see at the ballot box,” Carr said.
The pro-censorship crowd is running a straw man argument.— Brendan Carr (@BrendanCarrFCC) April 26, 2022
They say that @Twitter must stick with its current approach to moderation or unleash a flood of terrorist speech & illegal content.
This is a false choice that ignores the issue: suppression of core political speech. pic.twitter.com/kjwspFCEXI
“And we saw a tightening of free expression that I think is tied to 2016 and I think accelerated under COVID-19 lockdowns.”
The deal between Musk and Twitter is expected to take between three and six months to close, The New York Times reported. Yet if either side breaks the deal before it closes, it would owe the other $1 billion.