Over the weekend, Jake Tapper of CNN, was caught disseminating unfounded assertions regarding comments made by Elon Musk, the owner of X, on the social media platform last week.
Tapper claimed that Musk had made comments backing an “openly” anti-semitic conspiracy theory when in reality he did no such thing.
During a Sunday interview with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Tapper made the aforementioned remarks while urging the Republican presidential candidate to denounce Musk for them.
According to Tapper, Musk “openly endorsed” a “antisemitic conspiracy theory” that minority immigrants are conspiring to supplant white Americans.
Tapper responded to DeSantis’s statement that he had not observed the remarks but was aware that Musk had been the target of criticism from the political Left ever since acquiring Twitter by displaying a selective excerpt of Musk’s remarks on the subject.
The dispute arose when Musk provided a response to the subsequent post on X:
In response, DeSantis declined to censure Musk, assuring Tapper that he would not adopt such a stance.
“I know Elon Musk. I have never seen him do anything [like that],” he said. “I think he’s a guy that believes in America. I have never seen him indulge in any of that. So it’s surprising, if that’s true, but I have not seen it. So I don’t want to sit there and pass judgment on the fly.” Desantis said in response.
Musk’s response did not contain any explicit anti-Semitic conspiracy theory regarding the promotion of white replacements.