Is there any corner of our government bureaucracy that isn’t overrun with woke, partisan operatives seeking to enact their political agendas? I think we all know the answer to that, and the latest example comes via the FTC moving to “investigate” Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter on…anti-trust grounds?
This comes after Democrats and their media allies have spent the last few weeks absolutely losing their minds over the fact that conservatives might have a single platform that doesn’t bias their policies against them.
Fox Business provides some of the details.
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A person familiar with the matter told Bloomberg the agency will decide next month whether to do an in-depth antitrust probe of the Twitter deal – a move that could delay its closing by months.
Here, let me help the FTC out. Musk does not own another social media company and his current companies have no relation to the sector. Therefore, Musk is not violating anti-trust laws by purchasing Twitter. There, I just saved the government a sizable amount of time and money.
But notice the timetable here. If the FTC goes ahead with a full review, it will delay the purchase for months. Guess what is months away right now? That would be November’s mid-term election. Further, we already know the Chairwoman of the FTC, Lina Khan, has ties to a left-wing group that is actively lobbying for her organization to block the sale.
Would anyone doubt that Khan, who has made it her mission to “rein in big tech,” would use the levers of power she holds to gum up Musk’s acquisition just long enough for conservatives to remain censored going into the election? I know I wouldn’t.
As Fox Business notes in their write-up, this entire thing is theater, with Musk almost certainly not being found in violation of any laws (again, for obvious reasons). Of note is that the FTC also targeted him when he bought his initial nine percent stake in Twitter before outright buying it. The SEC has also had it out for Musk, going after him over tweets he made in 2018.
In the end, I do not expect these games to work in preventing Musk from completing the deal. Clearly, he’s not violating anti-trust provisions. Yet, it’s also clear the left-wing apparatchiks within the federal government are going to do whatever they can to knee-cap the billionaire. I doubt he rolls over quietly, though.