CBS News stopped posting content on Twitter because of the social media company’s alleged “uncertainty” under new CEO Elon Musk. However, the news network couldn’t make it for a full 48 hours before returning to Twitter.
CBS News returns to Twitter after a very brief pause
The official Twitter account of CBS News stopped posting at 3:45 p.m. on Friday.
“In light of the uncertainty around Twitter and out of an abundance of caution, CBS News is pausing its activity on the social media site as it continues to monitor the platform,” CBS News said in a statement on Friday.
CBS News and other CBS-owned properties stopped using Twitter.
At 9:36 a.m. on Sunday, CBS News tweeted: “After pausing for much of the weekend to assess the security concerns, CBS News and stations is resuming its activity on Twitter as we continue to monitor the situation.”
Musk replied to the tweet with a laughing hand over the face emoji.
Musk advised CBS News, “They should bring Walter Cronkite back.”
Musk later trolled CBS News by posting a meme that referenced the 2005 film “Brokeback Mountain” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger. The tweet had the caption: “Our love will never die.”
CBS News mocked in reactions on Twitter
Others thoroughly mocked CBS News for returning to Twitter.
Podcast host Lauren Chen: “CBS tried to rage-quit Twitter for attention but have predictably come crawling back.”
Journalist Michael Tracey: “Please keep us all updated on the very real situation you are definitely carefully monitoring.”
Clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson: “Translation: ‘we virtue-signalled too impulsively and now are hastily backtracking, although we’re trying hard to avoid taking any responsibility for the consequences of our stupidity.'”
Investigative journalist Mairead Elordi: “‘I’m running away from home’ vibes.”
Independent journalist Glenn Greenwald: “CBS News has decided it’s once again safe to use Twitter – but only for the moment! They are continuing to ‘assess security concerns’ and ‘monitor the situation.’ If there are more outbreaks of free speech or hearing from people journalists dislike, they may retreat again.”
Elon Musk blasts the New York Times as ‘far left brainwashing’
CBS News wasn’t the only legacy media outlet that Musk ridiculed on Sunday.
Taibbi slammed the New York Times editorial board for reacting to Trump announcing his candidacy for president in 2024 with an article claiming that “America deserves better than Donald Trump.”
Taibbi wrote on Twitter, “The New York Times says America doesn’t ‘deserve’ Donald Trump, but the Times sure does, especially after winning a Pulitzer for a story botched across years.”
The tweet included headlines from older NYT articles that accused Trump of collusion with Russia during the 2016 election.
Last July, New York Times columnist Bret Stephens admitted, “To this day, precious few anti-Trumpers have been honest with themselves about the elaborate hoax — there’s just no other word for it — that was the Steele dossier and all the bogus allegations, credulously parroted in the mainstream media, that flowed from it.
Musk replied to Taibbi, “It is tragic how far The New York Times has fallen – basically just boring af far left brainwashing at this point. The boring part is truly unforgivable!”
Musk mocked the Gray Lady’s motto, which was first used by former New York Times owner Adolph Simon Ochs in 1896.
Musk satirically blasted the New York Times, “‘All the news that’s fit to print’ my ass.”