The cast of Fox & Friends appeared to be stunned over Twitter owner Elon Musk’s decision to suspend reporters who had doxxed his family.
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Multiple media outlets reported Thursday the accounts included those of Ryan Mac of The New York Times, Drew Harwell of The Washington Post, Donie O’Sullivan from CNN, Micah Lee from The Intercept, Matt Binder from Mashable, Steve Herman from Voice of America, unaffiliated journalists Aaron Rupar and Tony Webster and political commentator and former MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann.
Each of their Twitter pages shows “Account suspended,” followed by “Twitter suspends accounts that violate the Twitter Rules.”
The suspensions occurred a day after many of those listed above reported on Twitter permanently suspending the accounts that tracked the planes of government agencies, billionaires and high-profile individuals.
“Criticizing me all day long is totally fine,” Musk tweeted, “but doxxing my real-time location and endangering my family is not.”
The most notable of those was created by Jack Sweeney, a 20-year-old college student from Florida who used publicly available flight-tracking information to tweet every time Musk’s jet took off and landed. Musk considered the account a safety risk for him and his family.
Musk did reply late Thursday to a tweet that showed a screenshot of Washington Post tech reporter Taylor Lorenz’s comments from Mastodon, a rival of Twitter’s, that read, “Musk has begun banning journalists who have criticized him from Twitter including WaPo’s Drew Harwell, NYT’s Ryan Mac, and CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan. My whole [Twitter] timeline is glitched out and people continue to report my tweets, so I’m worried I’ll be banned soon too!”
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STEVE DOOCY: Hey, Kevin. So I was reading this morning, it sounds like some of those reporters had talked about the feud he had with the kid who was posting public information about his jet’s location.
KEVIN CORKE: Correct.
STEVE DOOCY: But I think it’s unclear why the others were suspended.
KEVIN CORKE: You know, I’ve read that they were critical of Musk in general. Now, if that if that’s the line now, then obviously that’s probably not going to make him look very fair or make the platform look very good. But if there’s more to it, if there’s threatening language, if there was language that would again direct you to dox his family, then maybe he would have a stronger argument. And basically, I all I can tell you, Steve, is this is his shop.Mediaite Transcript
“This is crazy,” Doocy said.
AINSLEY EARHARDT: I mean, they should be able to go to restaurants and be able to go out and enjoy their lives without having to worry about someone coming up to them or throwing a molotov cocktail at their restaurant.
STEVE DOOCY: Sure. But if they were just being critical of him, he’s got to explain why those people were suspended.
BRIAN KILMEADE: I would like on people who are critical of me. They should be suspended, by the way. A lot of people are behind that.
STEVE DOOCY: We’re working on that.
AINSLEY EARHARDT: Just get rid of all media. No more Saturday Night Live.Mediaite Transcript