Missouri AG Sues Media Matters Over X Advertisers

In a bold move underlining the ongoing battle for free speech, Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey has taken legal action against Media Matters for America (MMFA), a left-wing media political organization. The lawsuit, filed on Monday, accuses the organization of employing fraudulent business practices to undermine X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter.

According to Bailey, Media Matters has been aggressively targeting advertisers on X to throttle the platform’s financial support. Many see this move as an attempt to suppress free speech by removing a crucial revenue stream from one of the last bastions of unrestricted online dialogue. “Media Matters has used fraud to solicit donations from Missourians to trick advertisers into removing their advertisements from X,” stated Bailey, painting the group as an adversary of open discourse.

Elon Musk, the owner of X, has echoed Bailey’s concerns, labeling Media Matters as “truly an evil organization” committed to undermining the First Amendment. His criticisms extend to companies withdrawing their advertising dollars, influenced by MMFA’s tactics, emphasizing the broader implications for free speech and market manipulation.

The heart of Bailey’s lawsuit is the accusation that Media Matters manipulated data and public perception to harm X’s reputation and financial stability. By doing so, they not only allegedly defrauded Missouri residents but also attempted to censor and control the narrative on one of the remaining platforms dedicated to free speech.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has also scrutinized Media Matters’ activities, suggesting a growing concern among GOP state officials about the organization’s tactics and their impact on public discourse and free speech.

This case could set a precedent for how activist groups can influence businesses through social media and the extent to which they can go before it’s considered a breach of ethical standards or even the law. For supporters of free speech, the lawsuit is a welcome pushback against what they see as overreach by politically motivated groups seeking to silence opposition by economic means.