Politico White House editor and MSNBC contributor Sam Stein was attacked on social media after he tried to warn Elon Musk against bashing powerful Democratic politicians.
Sen. Ed Markey posted an official Senate letter addressed to Twitter's head honcho complaining that a reporter created an account impersonating him saying, "I’m asking for answers from @elonmusk who is putting profits over people and his debt over stopping disinformation. Twitter must explain how this happened and how to prevent it from happening again."
Musk blew off the comment, "Perhaps it is because your real account sounds like a parody?"
One user had suggested Musk was taking a big risk by mocking a Democrat who may crack down on Twitter, causing Musk to reply, "Are you suggesting the Senator will abuse his political power to attack me?"
Stein was another source that passed on the warning, writing, "Always risky to attack members of congress. Especially risky with Dems assured of Senate power. Curious play by Musk here. He has many interests before Congress."
Many commentators criticized Stein for his remark, criticizing him for the notion that a journalist would be reluctant to criticize a member of Congress, as well as for carrying out the government's orders and appearing to support Musk being held accountable for his tweets.
A reporter from The Washington Times Pentagon said, "According to @SamStein, one mustn’t criticize politicians if they know what’s good for them. Spoken like a true servant."
"Nothing to see here... Just an MSNBC hack doing the: ‘nice company you got there @elonmusk ...shame if Congress DID SOMETHING TO IT,’" wrote Club for Growth Senior Analyst Andrew Follett.
Contributing Editor at The Spectator Stephen L. Miller wrote, "’Don't make fun of us on Twitter or we'll subpoena you and destroy your company.’ probably doesn't play as well as you guys think."
Other Twitter users attacked Stein from a different perspective, claiming that liberals and people who support Democrats do not worry about facing the same punishment for criticizing Republican politicians.
"I'm sure there is a reason you find this risky, and why such a risk does not exist in attacking Republicans," Townhall writer and podcaster Brad Slager wrote.
Conservative media commentator Kyle Becker responded with a similar observation of unequal consequences, "Except if it's Republicans that your network attacks every day 24/7, 365 days a year, amirite?"
"Here's @SenMarkey demanding tech companies censor in accordance with his political views," Greenwald said as he shared a video, "all in the context of his party threatening social media companies with legal and regulatory reprisals if they fail to obey their censorship orders. Classic tyranny:"