Headline RoundupSeptember 30th, 2023

Elon Musk Livestreams Visit to U.S.-Mexico Border in Eagle Pass, TX

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Elon Musk visited the U.S.-Mexico border Friday with Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-TX) and livestreamed his account on Twitter.

The Details: Musk visited the border town of Eagle Pass, Texas, where there had been a recent surge in unauthorized migrants. He said he was there to offer an “unfiltered” perspective on the U.S. border crisis, and promoted Twitter as a platform for citizen journalism. The livestream initially crashed after 4 minutes, but Musk uploaded the full 15-minute video to his profile afterward.

Key Quotes: Musk, an immigrant himself, said he’s “extremely pro-immigrant,” and that the U.S. needs to “greatly expand” its immigration system to “let anyone in… who is hardworking and honest and will be a contributor.” Just before the stream crash, he said, “I was a bit worried that this might — so many people might go on it that it crashes.”

How The Media Covered It: Musk’s visit was widely covered by outlets from the right and center. Many outlets on the left didn’t center coverage on the visit itself, but instead on the technical difficulties and way Musk wore his cowboy hat. Bloomberg (Lean Left bias) centered coverage on the visit itself and said the livestream crashed after 4 minutes, but didn’t mention Musk’s crash remarks or the full 15-minute video. Fox News (Right bias) highlighted replies on Musk’s stream, saying some users “loved that (he) was livestreaming from the border,” while others poked fun at Musk’s hat and sunglasses.

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