Elon Musk Endorses RFK Jr.’s Criticism of Baby Boomers
Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, has publicly endorsed a speech by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who is a candidate for the 2024 presidential election.
In the speech, Kennedy criticized the voting habits of the Baby Boomer generation and praised Joe Rogan, a popular podcast host.
Kennedy Jr.'s Critique of Baby Boomer Media Consumption
He said, “They have a disability, which is they only get their news from ABC, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, and The New York Times.”
Kennedy Highlights Young Americans' Diverse Media Sources
On the other hand, Kennedy emphasized how younger Americans diversify their information sources, turning to long-form interviews, podcasts, and alternative media.
He said: “They’re doing critical thinking, and they’re not locked into these orthodoxies, and somehow, if you’re young and you have parents, you need to lock them up somewhere and get them to listen to a Joe Rogan podcast” (via Fox News).
Musk's Reaction Draws Major Attention
Elon Musk’s reaction to Kennedy’s speech quickly gained traction on social media. In a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, Musk replied to a video of Kennedy’s speech, saying, “He’s right.”
Musk’s post currently has over 150,000 views and 4,500 likes, demonstrating Musk’s significant influence on the platform.
Kennedy Expresses Gratitude to Musk for Free Speech Platform
Fox News reports that following Musk’s endorsement, Kennedy expressed his gratitude, particularly emphasizing the importance of a platform for free speech.
Kennedy’s response to Musk was a nod to the broader conversation about media diversity and freedom of speech, themes that are central to his campaign.
Social Media Users React to Kennedy's Speech
Many social media users echoed Kennedy’s critique of legacy media, with some agreeing that traditional news outlets act as an extension of the government’s public relations, Fox News reveals.
These responses reflect a growing sentiment among certain sections of the public, who seek alternative news sources for a broader range of perspectives.
Counterpoints from Baby Boomers on Social Media
However, not all reactions to Kennedy’s speech were in agreement.
Some Baby Boomers took to social media to counter his generalizations. According to Fox News, one user stated, “I am a Boomer. I haven’t watched legacy media since about 2005, and I listen to Joe Rogan often.”
Joe Rogan's Support for Kennedy's Candidacy
Joe Rogan, while discussing Kennedy on his podcast, expressed his support for Kennedy, particularly praising his environmental work and his role in cleaning up the Hudson River.
Fox News reports that Rogan said on the podcast: “He’s a fascinating guy. I really enjoyed talking to him. What’s really important is his work as an environmental attorney and what he did with the Hudson River.”
Elon Musk's Previous Appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience
Elon Musk has previously appeared on Joe Rogan’s podcast, where they discussed various topics including Twitter’s operations.
Newsweek explains that Musk’s appearance on the podcast was significant, as he disclosed information about how Twitter was allegedly being run at the time. He said, “The degree to which — and by the way, Jack didn’t really know this — but the degree to which Twitter was simply an arm of the government was not well understood by the public.”
Twitter's Response to Musk's 'Twitter Files' Claims
After Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter in October 2022, he endorsed a series of reports by journalist Matt Taibbi, known as the “Twitter Files.” These reports claimed that under the leadership of founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey, Twitter worked with the federal government to censor conservative and Republican content, which Musk discussed on Joe Rogan’s podcast.
However, Twitter’s attorneys disputed these allegations, arguing that the company’s past relationship with the FBI did not equate to government coercion or censorship, per information from Newsweek.
The Kennedy Family Legacy and RFK Jr.'s Campaign
Kennedy is the nephew of former President John F. Kennedy and the son of former U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy.
In his speech, he suggested that his connection to the Kennedy era should resonate well with Baby Boomers, Newsweek reports.
The Growing Influence of Musk in Media and Politics
Elon Musk’s endorsement of Kennedy’s speech and his involvement in the release of the Twitter Files are an example of his growing influence in the realms of media and politics.
His actions and statements, particularly on platforms like X, are shaping discussions around media diversity, freedom of speech, and the role of social media in modern political discourse (via The Guardian).