Vanity Fair Getting a Fair Bit of Vanity Over DeSantis/Musk By Chris Knight (Florida)

Ron DeSantis has announced his campaign to run as president of the United States in a link up with Elon Musk, but they had a few technical hitches getting going. But, more was to come, as the Left-wing media went into a meltdown, as only they can. The top example was a piece in Vanity Fair by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., which compared Elon Musk to the head of the Ku Klux Klan. Why? Presumably because so-called “hate speech,” has increased in Twitter since Musk took over, which Musk has refuted many times. But, of course, Musk has done many things which have infuriated the Left, including criticisms of the sacred vaxxes re adverse effects, claiming that pronouns suck, thus implicitly criticising the gender agenda, and moving Tesla's headquarters to Texas after the state banned abortion. None of these are hanging offences, even in the Left-saturated culture of today, merely expressions of a conservative sentiment. But, the system does not like even token expressions of this from the rich and powerful, who should know their place.   

“Vanity Fair published a defamatory rant Tuesday wherein leftist polemicist This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. likened Twitter CEO Elon Musk to the former head of the Ku Klux Klan.

Levin's piece, categorized as "news" on the gossip magazine's website, was entitled, "Report: Ron DeSantis Will Formally Announce His 2024 Bid With Elon Musk, Because Apparently David Duke Wasn't Available."

David Duke is a former grand wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan who ran for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination.

The article, which served to reveal more about its author than the intended subject matter, has attracted significant criticism online.

Levin, touted as a "politics correspondent" for the Condé Nast magazine, wrote that Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis "is said to be planning to formally jump into the 2024 race during a conversation on Twitter with Elon Musk, because apparently other neo-Nazi sympathizers weren’t available."

The liberal writer's insinuation that that the South African Twitter CEO harbors sympathies with neo-Nazis hinges upon hyperlinked allegations that hate speech has increased on the platform since Musk's takeover.

After ascribing some but not all of the many views possibly presented on Twitter to Musk, Levin proceeded to accuse the tech magnate of saying and doing "terrible things," referencing a laundry list she previously put together detailing remarks that got under her skin. These include Musk's:


  • claim that the COVID-19 vaccines have resulted in "quite a few negative reactions";
  • circulation of a meme depicting Adolf Hitler with the caption, "Stop comparing me to Justin Trudeau" — shared around the time the Canadian prime minister declared martial law, had the bank accounts of peaceful protesters frozen, and applied statist force to crush dissenters in the nation's capital;
  • suggestion that "Pronouns suck";
  • tweet to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), which said, "I keep forgetting that you're still alive"; and Musk's
  • proposal to move Tesla's headquarters to Texas after the state banned abortion.

Levin further denounced Musk both for welcoming Tucker Carlson on Twitter and criticizing leftist billionaire and Democratic megadonor George Soros, stressing that for all these reasons, the "significant boost" DeSantis might enjoy from "aligning with Musk and his 140 million followers" may not ultimately be worth it.

The Vanity Fair correspondent concluded her "news" report with, "Anyway, just as a reminder, a DeSantis presidency is as terrible a prospect as a Trump one."

David Sacks, co-host of the podcast "All In" and co-founder of Craft Ventures, responded to Levin's rant, writing, "The media has lost its mind."

Elon Musk responded with another comment that might make Levin's list: "Looks like Babylon Bee has some competition for satire."

Responding to a suggestion from the Babylon Bee's Ashley St. Clair that "This is a mental illness," developmental and evolutionary psychopathologist J.D. Haltigan indicated that Levin's apparent meltdown "is a feature of an evolving pathocracy."

Haltigan referenced previous insights on his Substack concerning the "fear-based media ecosystem that drives a faux existential crisis" and "further polarizes the polity based on pre-existing latent vulnerabilities to emotional lability."

Journalist Katherine Brodsky wrote, "This article belongs in the 'Slander Op-Ed section,' certainly not the news section."

Brodsky, who has written for numerous publications, added that "to compare Elon Musk to an actual white supremacist and a former Grand Wizard of the KKK/neo-Nazi sympathizer—all for interviewing a Republican presidential candidate ... is not just bad journalism. It's outright slander. And it should be denounced by anyone who believes in actual journalism."

Christina Pushaw, the rapid response director for DeSantis' 2022 re-election campaign, tweeted, "They're losing their position as gatekeepers ... and they can't handle it."”



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