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Elon Musk, new owner of Twitter, Tweets unfounded conspiracy theory in Paul Pelosi attack

The new owner of Twitter propagated a right-wing myth about the violent hammer attack on Paul Pelosi only days after telling advertisers that Twitter would not be a “free-for-all.”

The assault on the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was the subject of a fake conspiracy theory that was tweeted out by Elon Musk, the new owner of Twitter, early on Sunday morning.

Musk reacted to Hillary Clinton when she tweeted a Los Angeles Times article on how David DePape, the suspect in the assault on Paul Pelosi, pushed far-right conspiracy theories.

According to an archived version of the letter, Musk wrote to Clinton, “There is a minuscule potential there could be more to this story than meets the eye.” Musk was referring to a report that was published on the right-wing website the Santa Monica Observer and challenged the details surrounding the assault on Pelosi. (Late Sunday morning, the website was no longer available.)

Musk’s post rapidly gained popularity, with over 24,000 retweets and 86,000 likes as of late Sunday morning.

Based on “the habitual dissemination of inaccurate and misleading material and the use of weak sources,” the fact-checking website Media Bias/Fact Check grades the Santa Monica Observer as a “questionable source.”

The website’s report on the Pelosi assault “appears to be fraudulent and libelous,” according to Media Bias/Fact Check.

An inquiry for comment from NBC News did not get a response right away from Musk.

Other false reports that were published by the Santa Monica Observer included those claiming former Secretary of State Clinton had perished in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and had been employing a body double ever since, and that Ye, the musician previously known as Kanye West, had been nominated by former President Donald Trump to a vacant post in the Department of the Interior.

According to the Santa Monica Daily Press, the website’s publisher, David Ganezer, unsuccessfully campaigned for the Santa Monica City Council in both 1988 and 2010. Voting records reveal that he is presently a registered Republican.

Only a few days have passed since the completion of Musk’s $44 billion purchase of Twitter. According to Musk, there will be more latitude for expression on the platform. As a result of that commitment, some are worried that the modifications would scare away visitors and advertising.

DePape broke into their California home early on Friday and assaulted Pelosi, 82, with a hammer. According to two individuals who spoke to NBC News, the suspect was looking for the House speaker who was present in Washington, D.C.

Pelosi dialed 911 when the suspect wasn’t looking, and police eventually came.

According to Drew Hammill, spokesperson for Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Pelosi sustained major injuries to his right arm and hands in addition to a skull fracture. He had a good operation, and Hammill stated on Friday that he should fully recover.

DePape will face charges of attempted murder, according to the police. The motivation for the incident is still being investigated, according to officials.

Source: NBC News

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Written by Alex Bruno

Freelance space writer Alex Bruno specializes in covering China's quickly expanding space industry. In 2021, he started writing for SpaceXMania. He also contributes to publications including SpaceNews, IEEE Spectrum, National Geographic, Sky & Telescope, and New Scientist. When Alex was a small child, he first experienced the space bug after seeing Voyager photographs of alien planets in our solar system. When not in space, Alex likes to go trail jogging in the Finnish countryside.

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