Elon Musk Does It Again, Sends Another 'Government-Funded' Press Outlet Running for the Hills

Elon Musk has done it again. After angering NPR and its supporters by putting a “state-affiliated” tag on the state-affiliated outlet’s bio, Musk has found his next target. This time, the far-left Canadian network CBC found itself on the receiving end, garnering a “government-funded” tag.


After the CBC representatives complained that they don’t receive all their funding from the Canadian government, Musk helpfully changed it to “70% government-funded.”

The CBC has now “paused” all its postings on Twitter.

Unlike NPR, which quit Twitter in the wake of receiving its “state-affiliated” tag, the CBC is actually largely government-funded. From 2021-2022, it received around $900 million in taxpayer-funded appropriations.

For a little irony, let’s use NPR as a source for CBC’s response.

“Twitter can be a powerful tool for our journalists to communicate with Canadians, but it undermines the accuracy and professionalism of the work they do to allow our independence to be falsely described in this way,” CBC spokesman Leon Mar said in a statement announcing the change Monday afternoon.

“Consequently, we will be pausing our activity on our corporate Twitter account and all CBC and Radio-Canada news-related accounts,” the statement said.


Perhaps CBC spokesman Leon Mar isn’t aware of what the word “falsely” means, but when an outlet is legitimately government-funded, it is not false to label it as such. Still, Mar tried to argue that the CBC is not government-funded because the money comes from an appropriation voted on by the entirety of the Canadian parliament.

CBC does not meet those criteria, Mar argued, because it is publicly funded through a parliamentary appropriation that is voted upon by all members of Parliament, and its editorial independence is protected in law in the Broadcasting Act.

If Mar wants to bill his news outlet as an honest, truth-telling institution, perhaps twisting the truth to that extent isn’t such a good idea. The parliament is the government. The funding is coming from taxpayers. It does not cease to be governement-funed just because some law demands “editorial independence.”

And to be sure, the CBC doesn’t appear to have any of that. It is a rigid, far-left mouthpiece that constantly parrots the government line on everything. It is as biased of an outlet as exists throughout the world, on par or worse than The Washington Post and the BBC (to cite another government-funded outlet).

Personally, I find the indignation over being accurately described to be silly. NPR constantly claims it only gets a small percentage of its operating budget from the government. Fine, then they should stop taking it if it’s that insignificant. But the CBC is on another level, receiving the vast majority of its money from taxpayers. Of all the outlets to get upset, they have the least justification.


With that said, is it the best idea for Musk to use Twitter as his personal troll platform? Perhaps not, but was it the best idea for the previous iteration of the site to mass censor conservatives, mandate disinformation on COVID, and become a ward of the state? I think we all know the answer to that, and I’ll take what we’ve got now over that any day of the week. Mush shelled out the cash, and as I’ve been assured many times in the past when the shoe was on the other foot, private companies can do what they want.


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