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Musk tags Biden: “Anchorman”

May 19, 2022

It would be funny if it weren’t so true … and so sad.
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Remember when Trump tagged Jeb Bush as being “low energy”?

Those 2 words effectively ended Bush’s well-funded, well-staffed run for the presidency.

That gets us to Musk’s musings about Biden.

In less then a minute, Musk shredded Biden … saying out loud what we’ve all been thinking.

Referencing  the classic comedy “Anchorman”, Musk opined that the real president is whoever loads the teleprompter … in effect, labeling Biden as “Anchorman”.

Flashback: In “Anchorman”, Will Ferrell plays Ron Burgundy –  a buffoonish. clueless TV newsman — who simply reads whatever shows up on his teleprompter … with often shockingly  hilarious results.

Here’s the 1-minute clip … well worth watching.

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Musk’s shots-across-the-bow:

  • “It’s hard to tell what Biden is doing to be totally frank.”
  • “The real president is whoever controls the teleprompter. The path to power is the path to the teleprompter.”
  • “I do feel like if somebody were to accidentally lean on the teleprompter, it’s going to be like ‘Anchorman.’
  • “Biden is being held captive by the “Squad”, unions and trial lawyers — unlike Barack Obama, who was quite reasonable”
  • “The Trump administration, leaving Trump aside, there were a lot of people in his administration who were effective at getting things done.”
  • Biden’s administration, doesn’t seem to get a lot done. It doesn’t seem to have the drive to just get stuff done. That’s my impression.”

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Musk’s observations are an “Emperor’s new clothes” moment.

Next time you see Biden at a podium or on the fake oval office set, just think of Ron Burgundy.

Then, things will make a lot more sense.

Elon may have rung a bell that can’t be unrung…

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Again, the 1-minute clip is well worth watching.

For Elon, now comes the hard part.

April 26, 2022

Will his noble intentions get “trumped”?
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Last week, we asked the question: Will Elon be the dog that caught the bus?

We opined that — of the key assets that Musk is buying — all are a bit problematic.

  • The brand name is polarizing and arguably passé
  • The subscriber base is largely populated by left-leaning media and politicos …  and woke, pro-censorship loyalists who are likely to defect from an open information platform.
  • Ditto for advertisers, many (most?) of which are likely to “go Disney” and run for the hills rather than risk being outed as inadequately woke … or worse than that, being taint-branded as supporting free speech.
  • The hardware infrastructure — computers and communications network — are in place and operation .. but replicable.
  • The softwarethink: message transmission and control algorithms — are up & running … and being managed.
  • The human assets — proficient and mission-dedicated — are the biggest question marks given their zeal for progressive politics and “moderated discourse”

That gets us to Musk’s biggest challenge: Getting the organization aligned with his “open forum” vision … and, operating for (not against) Musk’s goals.

Consider an analogy: Trump’s efforts to mobilize the Federal government to his America First agenda.

Please, let’s stipulate to, but put aside, Trump’s personality issues and focus on his policies.

Trump was actively sabotaged by the enforcement agencies — think: “Intelligence Community”, FBI, IRS — and slow-rolled by the career bureaucrats who make “the system” work (or, not work depending on your perspective).

Remember Chuckie Schumer’s admonition to Trump:

“Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you.” Source

It’s easy to imagine Musk running into similar roadblocks as he tries to shift Twitter 180 degrees from politically moderated  discourse  to an open forum of alternative views.

Twitter has about 7,000 employees that will need to buy into Musk’s vision.

That’s a reach given their numbers, their technical expertise, their access to the algorithms … and, oh yeah, their deeply embedded political leanings.

Getting them on board (or replaced) will be a monumental organizational transformation.

The good news: If anybody can do it, it’s probably Musk.

Go get ‘em, Elon.


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