Elon Musk’s recent “Twitter Files” drop has infuriated more liberal journalists after the new Twitter owner unexpectedly fired former FBI General Counsel James Baker from the company, it was announced on Tuesday.
Substack journalist Matt Taibbi revealed that the release of internal documents has been delayed because he found that Baker previously “reviewed” the documents without Musk’s knowledge.
The former FBI official expressed his support for the censorship of Hunter Biden’s laptop story in the first Twitter files Taibbi released last week. While at the office, Baker worked under former director James Comey and played a key role in investigating collusion with Russia surrounding Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
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Musk wrote on Twitter: “He was left Twitter today amid concerns about Baker’s possible role in suppressing information critical to public dialogue.”
The news triggered a wide range of reactions on the Internet. Conservative pundits hailed Musk for “cleaning the house,” while Republicans urged Baker to testify before Congress.
However, some liberal media figures saw nothing wrong with Baker’s involvement in reviewing the documents that detailed how the company suppressed Hunter Biden’s October 2020 laptop story.
Mother Jones reporter Dan Friedman suggested Baker was “just a guy with a tough job” who was wrongly slandered.
“Jim Baker has been involved in various controversies because he was the General Counsel of the FBI. Is he “something of a Zelig” or just a guy with a tough job? Baker has been the subject of many innuendoes like this but has not been found leaking anything.”
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Former New York journalist James Surowiecki scoffed at the idea that he shouldn’t have been involved.
“A top Twitter attorney has reviewed the public release of files containing material that could subject the company to legal liability, including over privacy concerns. This is really scandalous,” he tweeted.
NBC News reporter Ben Collins also diverted focus from Baker, writing, “The scandal here is that six weeks after the purchase, Elon Musk found out who his company’s assistant general counsel was.”
New Republic reporter Matt Ford called the story not a scandal.
“Twitter’s General Counsel had the absolute gall to review internal documents before they were made public,” he tweeted.
Defense attorney and Substack author Ken White also downplayed the news, writing in a Twitter thread: “Wow, this Jim Baker narrative by Musk & Taibbi is desperate and stupid.”
In subsequent tweets, he criticized Musk’s “idiotic audience” and derided the latest news as “particularly stupid.”
“But today’s new mini-update on ‘Scandal’ is particularly stupid. Oh, the in-house general counsel reviewed materials on a controversy before sending them to the press? SHOCKING,” he wrote.
Liberal news outlets, which denounced the Hunter-Biden laptop ahead of the 2020 election as Russian disinformation, have paid little attention to recent bombshell Twitter developments.
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