Jim Baker, the company’s deputy general counsel and a former general counsel of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has been “exited” from Twitter this week over his “possible role in suppression of information important to the public dialogue.”
Last week, the first installment of Twitter Files was released by Substack writer Matt Taibbi after it was hyped by the world’s wealthiest hypeman, Elon Musk. The first installment was centered on the social media giant’s handling of The New York Post’s story on Hunter Biden’s laptop in 2020.
It was built up to be a sort of exposé, except it turned out to be a flop. Perhaps because there was not much in the story that pointed to what Musk originally wanted it to point to, which was Twitter violating the First Amendment, and there was nothing new about the information that was presented.
Taibbi, and presumably Musk who earlier expressed frustration over the media’s tepid reception of the first installment, shifted the attention to Baker, the story’s new controversial figure.
In a “Twitter Files Supplemental” thread, Taibbi attempted to explain why the second installment that was promised last weekend
, like many of Tesla’s delivery dates, did not materialize.
Taibbi wrote, in his best impression of a Robert Stack narration, that Baker was responsible for “vetting the first batch of ‘Twitter Files’ – without knowledge of new management.” He described Baker as a controversial figure, “something of a Zelig of FBI controversies dating back to 2016,” and that the former FBI general counsel resigned in 2018 after an investigation into leaks to the press.
Good thing “new Twitter chief Elon Musk acted quickly to ‘exit’ Baker Tuesday.”
Taibbi then said that the new installment will soon be released via Bari Weiss, the other journalist that Musk chose to be involved in the series, but did not mention a date.
The audience, meanwhile, can’t say they await with bated breath.
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