Donald Trump, not Elon Musk, was the talking point in the 2017 MSNBC video

Elon Musk’s attempted takeover of Twitter has sparked unease among some employees and others who fear the changes the free speech advocate could bring to the company.

But some social media users are false declaration an old video for suggest that an MSNBC host is upset that Musk could take control of the tech giant because it will hamper the media’s control over the news. A die complaints on Twitter amused Musk himself.

The title of a video posted on April 16 on Facebook reads: “MSNBC: ‘Elon Musk is trying to control the way people think. That’s our job.” The video shows a clip of “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski allegedly talking about Musk and how he can “make up his own facts” and “control exactly what people think, and that’s, that’s our job.”

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But Brzezinski wasn’t talking about Musk at all. The video is from February 22, 2017, and Brzezinski was speaking with his co-host Joe Scarborough and a panel of guests about then-President Donald Trump and his media coverage.

“Well, I think the dangerous edges here are that he’s trying to undermine the media, he’s trying to make up his own facts. And it could be that as unemployment and the economy get worse, he could have undermine the message so much that he can actually control exactly what people think. And that’s our job,” she said.

The comment drew some criticism at the time in conservative media, but Brzezinski said his words were then misinterpreted.

“Today I said it was the job of the media to stop President Trump from making up his own facts, NOT that it was our job to control what people think,” he said. she stated. tweeted on February 22, 2017.

She followed in another Tweeter: “Of course it’s obvious from the transcript, but some people want to make up their own facts. SAD!”

Our decision

A Facebook post claims MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-host Brzezinski said Musk wants to “control what people think,” but that’s the “job” of the media.

The post distorts a 2017 video in which Brzezinski and the show’s panel discussed the media’s role in Trump’s coverage. We rate this claim as false.

Researcher Caryn Baird contributed.

Jessica C. Bell