‘Contemptible Liar’: Elon Musk Blasts Washington Post Reporter

After a Washington Post reporter characterized a leftist who had allegedly championed violence as someone “documenting racist and far-right attackers,” Twitter CEO Elon Musk fired back that the reporter was a “contemptible liar.”

Musk was responding to the Post’s article that was written by Joseph Menn, which stated that Chad Loder “was banned from Twitter by an order from owner Elon Musk, according to a former employee …” The Post-Millennial’s editor-at-large, Andy Ngo, blasted Menn, writing, “Why didn’t you mention in your WaPo reporting that Antifa member Chad Loder incited violence, including deadly violence? He also celebrated violent crimes when he praised Antifa ‘martyrs,’ including domestic terrorist Willem van Spronsen & gunman Michael Reinoehl.”

.@josephmenn, why didn’t you mention in your WaPo reporting that Antifa member Chad Loder incited violence, including deadly violence? He also celebrated violent crimes when he praised Antifa “martyrs,” including domestic terrorist Willem van Spronsen & gunman Michael Reinoehl. pic.twitter.com/CiRFLJzSis

— Andy Ngô 🏳️‍🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) January 5, 2023

“Joseph Menn is a contemptible liar,” Musk tweeted. “Twitter policy has always been to suspend accounts that clearly & repeatedly incite violence.”

Joseph Menn is a contemptible liar. Twitter policy has always been to suspend accounts that clearly & repeatedly incite violence.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 5, 2023

After Musk tweeted, Ngo commented further on Loder, writing, “One of the ways Antifa normalize themselves in the mainstream is through laundering influencers & their ideas through journalists. WaPo & Intercept present Chad Loder as a ‘researcher’ to mislead the public about his violent extremism & antisemitic views. @chadloder‘s violent extremism on Twitter included celebrations of Antifa violence against a man who protested the trans sex offender who allegedly exposed an erect penis at Wi Spa. He also celebrated violence on black people & routinely posted personal information of targets.

.@chadloder‘s violent extremism on Twitter included celebrations of Antifa violence against a man who protested the trans sex offender who allegedly exposed an erect penis at Wi Spa. He also celebrated violence on black people & routinely posted personal information of targets. pic.twitter.com/rmFF1KSXQb

— Andy Ngô 🏳️‍🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) January 6, 2023

Menn’s article revolved around former Twitter security chief Peiter Zatko joining security company Rapid7, “the maintainer of Metasploit, an open-source hacking tool that adds new techniques within hours of their disclosure,” Menn noted, before adding “a co-founder of the company was Chad Loder, now an activist documenting racist and far-right attackers, including some who participated in the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the Capitol.”

After Loder’s account was suspended from Twitter, he claimed that he was the victim of an “organized mass reporting campaign” against left-wing Twitter users from a group called Zanting. “There’s nobody minding the shop anymore,” he said. “I know everyone that worked on Twitter’s trust and safety team over the years has long gone and the team has been more than decimated. It’s maybe 5% of the original staff, so what’s happening is mass-reporting is allowed to succeed because there’s no one double checking whether these reports are valid or not. So people are being suspended for silly things or over nothing at all.”

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