On November 18th, global news company Semafor issued a statement, “For no particular reason, you can also follow us,” listing a number of social media platforms.
For no particular reason, you can also follow along by:
Sign up for our newsletter:https://t.co/MyjrC3js7A
— Semafor (@semafor) November 18, 2022
On November 23, Elon Musk replied to that tweet, claiming that Semafor is owned by Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) and that there is a “massive” conflict of interest in Semafor’s report. .
Semafor is owned by SBF. This is a major conflict of interest in your report. Honesty in journalism is 🗑️. pic.twitter.com/1AB6KReJUj
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 23, 2022
In response to Musk’s allegations, Semafor editor-in-chief Ben Smith acknowledged the investment from SBF, but claimed that this information was disclosed whenever Semafor covered SBF content. Smith claimed that Musk and “many others” received investments from SBF.
We received an investment from him, just like you and many others.We actively feature him and disclose it whenever we write about him, including here https://t.co/7yS5166PtP.
— Ben Smith (@semaforben) November 23, 2022
Technical analyst Duo Nine also participated in the discussion and provided input.
As the public debate steadily became more engaging, entrepreneur and futurist author Steve Factor highlighted a video produced by famed internet detective Coffeezilla that questions Bloomberg’s integrity.
Another major conflict of interest revealed on Bloomberg.https://t.co/c6MzbVf9m5
— Steve Factor (@ideafaktory) November 23, 2022
At the end of the video, an interview with Marco Hodis reveals that Bloomberg journalists had access to the FTX scam story in early July, but withheld it because it was “bad for business.” .