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On the heels of former Fox News host Tucker Carlson announcing Tuesday that he's planning a new program to air on Twitter, "NBC News NOW" guest host Tom Costello brought in former CNN host Brian Stelter for a chat about it all, NewsBusters said.
What did they say?
“Twitter was already under fire for misinformation, disinformation, all-out lies, anti-Semitism, racism before Elon Musk took over, and now it’s gotten kind of crazy, right? Seemingly unmoored, if you will,” Costello suggested to Stelter, who himself was repeatedly blasted with accusations of peddling misinformation prior to his ouster from CNN last year.
Costello continued with a jaw-dropping question: “Will anybody be able to police what Carlson says? Or is this the point? It's just a free-for-all?”
Stelter didn't appear shocked by the "police" reference: “I think this is the point. It is a free-for-all. It's what Elon Musk wants to provide. This move by Tucker may cement the idea of Twitter as a right-wing website."
\u201cNBC\u2019s reaction to Tucker Carlson\u2019s Twitter show announcement: \u201cWill anybody be able to police what Carlson says or is this the point? It\u2019s just a free for all?\u201d \n\n\u201d— ALX \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8 (@ALX \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8) 1683688437
NewsBusters added that Stelter predicted "some users trying to go off to other sites instead.”
Costello wondered if advertisers on Twitter would "stick around now for Tucker Carlson" given the "toxic culture on Twitter," NewsBusters also noted.
“The short answer is no," Stelter replied, according to the outlet. "Carlson was radioactive. He was a drag on Fox's profits, so I don't see how Twitter will be any different for Carlson and Musk."
It's worth pointing out that after Musk bought Twitter a little over a year ago, Stelter — then CNN's chief media correspondent — wondered on air if folks will want to use Twitter if it offers them too much freedom. Musk had made it clear he aimed to open the free speech floodgates on the social media platform.
"If you get invited to something where there are no rules, where there is total freedom for everybody, do you actually want to go to that party, or are you going to decide to stay home?" Stelter asked. "And that's a question for Twitter users."
\u201cStelter on Elon Musk buying Twitter: "If you get invited to something where there are no rules, where there is total freedom for everybody, do you actually want to go to that party or are you going to decide to stay home?"\u201d— Washington Free Beacon (@Washington Free Beacon) 1650914217
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Dave Urbanski is a senior editor for Blaze News.