Elon Musk Challenges BBC Journalist, Who Fails To Back Up His Claims

Twitter CEO Elon Musk has gone viral after a supposedly impromptu interview with BBC reporter James Clayton, where the leftist journalist could not back up any of his claims.

During an in-person conversation that was aired live and unedited on Twitter Spaces and broadcast on government-funded BBC, Musk called Clayton out and pressed him so hard about his biases that the journalist later admitted: “Several times it felt like he was trying to interview me.”

The two discussed various subjects, including the “government-funded” media label that Twitter recently added to the BBC’s Twitter account and the supposed rise in hateful content on Twitter since Musk took over.

After Musk pushed back against the claims about hateful content, Clayton appeared so surprised and uncomfortable that he repeatedly changed his story when asked to provide any evidence to back it up.

Clayton began the discussion by claiming that he had “personally” noticed a rise in hateful content on Twitter since Musk bought the company. After some pushback from Musk, asking for examples of the supposedly “hateful” content, the leftist journalist cited alleged comments that could be considered “slightly racist or slightly sexist.”

Musk then questioned whether Clayton believed that “slightly” offensive content should be censored on the platform — and asked for a specific example of hate speech that the journalist believes should be censored.

Clayton appeared to realize that he was caught in a lie, as he could not name a single example and instead tried to brush off the question by saying that he hadn’t been on Twitter in a while.

“I don’t actually use that feed anymore because I don’t particularly like it,” he stammered.

“You said you’ve seen more hateful content, but you can’t name a single example, not even one,” Musk retorted.

Clayton then continued to avoid providing examples, but the Twitter CEO refused to let him change the subject.

“Then I say, sir, that you don’t know what you’re talking about,” Musk said, adding that claims of a rise in hate speech were “false.”

“You just lied!” Musk continued.

The BBC journalist then tried to change his story again, denying that he lied and insisting that it was actually other “organizations” that had reported a rise in hateful content in recent months — specifically mentioning ISD Global.

Independent journalist Glenn Greenwald later commented on the journalist’s mention of ISD Global, pointing out that the organization that claims to have seen a rise in hateful content is funded by several different government entities from countries that support censorship, as well as other social media platforms that compete with Twitter and also support censorship.

Musk responded to Clayton’s attempt at changing his story by continuing to push for examples, prompting Clayton to claim that they weren’t “getting anywhere” and suggest that they just “move on.”