In conjunction with a “thermonuclear lawsuit” filed on Monday by Elon Musk’s X Corp., Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that he has launched an investigation into “potential fraudulent activity” by far-left outlet Media Matters.
According to the press release:
The Office of the Attorney General (“OAG”) is opening an investigation into Media Matters for potential fraudulent activity. Under the Texas Business Organizations Code and the Deceptive Trade Practices Act, the OAG will vigorously enforce against nonprofits who commit fraudulent acts in or affecting the state of Texas.
Attorney General Paxton was extremely troubled by the allegations that Media Matters, a radical anti-free speech organization, fraudulently manipulated data on X.com (formerly known as Twitter).
“We are examining the issue closely to ensure that the public has not been deceived by the schemes of radical left-wing organizations who would like nothing more than to limit freedom by reducing participation in the public square,” said Attorney General Paxton.
Fraud has both civil & criminal penalties pic.twitter.com/BdC5Zfr1XM— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 21, 2023
As for the “thermonuclear lawsuit,” as Musk put it, X Corp. is taking Media Matters to court because they claim that Media Matters deceptively edited images and conflated them with “fringe” terminology in order to drive advertisers away from promoting their companies and their products on X.
The lawsuit’s complaint noted the following:
Defendant Media Matters for America (“Media Matters”) is a self-proclaimed media watchdog that decided it would not let the truth get in the way of a story it wanted to publish about X Corp. Looking to portray X’s social networking platform as being dominated by “white nationalist and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories,” Media Matters knowingly and maliciously manufactured side-by-side images depicting advertisers’ posts on X Corp.’s social media platform beside Neo-Nazi and white-nationalist fringe content and then portrayed these manufactured images as if they were what typical X users experience on the platform. Media Matters designed both these images and its resulting media strategy to drive advertisers from the platform and destroy X Corp.
The Post Millennial noted that Paxton’s investigation into Media Matters follows Missouri’s Attorney General Andrew Bailey announcement that “his team is investigating” the group as well. Bailey responded to one of Musk’s tweets on the issue confirming his team’s own investigation.
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