Elon Musk’s mother, Maye Musk, slammed a recent popular New York Times article that suggested the soon-to-be Twitter CEO experienced “white privilege” as a child in apartheid-era South Africa.
“Elon Musk grew up in an elite white community in South Africa, far from the atrocities of apartheid, surrounded by anti-Black propaganda,” the New York Times tweeted.
New York Times the beginning of the article Claims that Musk’s acquisition of Twitter has caused “a lot of people” — the media — to dig into his past. Because Musk wasn’t in the news before he bought the social media platform?
They immediately noticed that Musk didn’t talk much about his upbringing and how “growing up as a white man under racist apartheid in South Africa may have affected him.”
They claim: “Interviews with relatives and former classmates indicated that they grew up in elite, segregated white communities that were rife with anti-Black government propaganda and had nothing to do with atrocities against the black majority by white political leaders.”
Elon Musk grew up in an elite white community in South Africa, far from the brutalities of apartheid and surrounded by anti-Black propaganda.
He sees his takeover of Twitter as a victory for free speech, but didn’t suffer from misinformation at a young age. https://t.co/bciCJDWGGP
— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 5, 2022
Maye Musk slams The New York Times on Elon Hit Piece
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Maye Musk denounced the New York Times article stating that apartheid was an institutionalized apartheid system implemented by the South African government.
Resistance is often met with police brutality, she said.
Mrs. Musk has openly wondered what The New York Times would want a child raised in such a system to do to fight back against the government.
She deftly speaks in a language they can understand and compares it to their favorite villain of the time: Russia.
“In South Africa, if you speak out against apartheid, you go to jail. In Russia, if you speak out against war, you go to jail,” Musk’s mother replied. “[New York Times], would you blame the child for the government’s decision? “
Of course not, they will only do this to those who support free speech. Whether they are African American like Musk or not.
In South Africa, if you speak out against apartheid, you go to prison. In Russia, if you speak out against war, you go to jail. @New York Times Do you blame children for government decisions? #stop war 🇺🇦 https://t.co/4wJt1ui0st
— Maye Musk (@mayemusk) May 5, 2022
The Embarrassment of the New York Times
The New York Times headlines and tweets don’t even try to be subtle. They cast Elon Musk as a racist who might help spread pro-white, pro-Nazi propaganda on Twitter.
However, their own reporting betrayed them. This article nicely hides the following story:
According to Mashudu’s brother Nyadzani Ranwashe, Musk befriended Netshituka’s cousin, Asher Mashudu. Mr. Ranwashe said Mr. Musk blamed a white student who used an anti-Black slur at lunch but was then bullied for it.
Mr. Mashudu was killed in a car accident in 1987, and Mr. Lanvasher said he remembered Mr. Musk as one of the few white people who attended the family’s rural funeral.
“At the time, it was unheard of,” he said.
It doesn’t sound like racist behavior anyway.
The entire premise of the tweet — that being surrounded by anti-Black propaganda could lead Musk to tweet a similar effort — is deeply flawed.It fails to explore the possibility that Musk may be so disdainful of propaganda and censorship because his upbringing.
There seem to be three specific pieces of information about Musk in the article: he’s a loner, he’s being bullied for accusing someone of using an anti-Black slur, he’s attending the funeral of a black friend and doing so is “unheard of” “then” https://t.co/f0o283d5Lo
— Mike Bird (@Birdyword) May 5, 2022
The New York Times must know that their original work is flawed in other ways as well. As noted by former Buzzfeed News editor Tom Gara, the newspaper of record has quietly changed parts of its story.
In a section discussing Elon Musk’s classmates at two different high schools, they added: “But black classmates remember him spending time with black friends.”
this original column There is no such line anywhere in it.
Other changes have also been made.
— Tom Galla (@tomgara) May 5, 2022
The New York Times article did not contain editorial notes about the changes to the column, nor did it indicate that they clearly found the various corrections necessary.
Journalist Jesse Singal pointed out to Time bureau chief John Eligon, a co-author of the article, that this is not how well-known newspapers correct misinformation.
John is the bureau chief for The New York Times, and it’s useful to him to provide a yes/no answer to the question of whether it’s possible to make a major stealthy edit to a live article without noticing the relevant changes, and that’s what happened here. https://t.co/08NqJe2smf
— Jesse Singal (@jesessesingal) May 5, 2022
Maye Musk’s takedown of The New York Times isn’t the first time in recent history that Musk has attacked the mainstream media for a horrific reportage.
Earlier this week, Elon himself blasted MSNBC and host Mehdi Hasan for suggesting he hand Twitter over to “pro-neo-Nazi” Republicans.
Musk shot back by sarcastically calling Hassan and the network “cute people” who are involved in a number of media cover-ups that benefit Democrats and Hollywood elites.
The same group covered up the Hunter Biden laptop story, reported the Harvey Weinstein story early and killed it, and set up Matt Lauer’s rape office. cute person.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 2, 2022
“The same (organization) that covered up the Hunter Biden laptop story, had the Harvey Weinstein story early on [and] kill it [and] Established his rape office for Matt Lauer,” Musk tweeted.
Reports this week suggest Musk will take office as Twitter CEO In the months after his deal to acquire the social media platform closes, possibly in the next few months.