Headline RoundupSeptember 16th, 2023

Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Fellow Democrats Call for Senate Probe of Elon Musk Over Starlink Decision

Summary from the AllSides News Team

A trio of Democratic senators, led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) have called for an inquiry into Elon Musk over his decision to not activate Starlink internet services over Crimea per the request of Ukraine ahead of a planned attack on Russian forces.

The Details: The senators sent a letter to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Friday, voicing concerns that Musk may have too greatly affected U.S. Foreign Policy and security interests, asking the secretary to fully investigate Musk’s decision.

For Context: Starlink is a satellite internet provider owned by Musk that has supported Ukraine’s defensive efforts. Musk’s decision was revealed in his new biography, however, after media backlash, the author Walter Isaacson claimed he misunderstood Musk’s original telling of events, and issued a correction to the text. Musk said he did not engage Starlink over Crimea in order to comply with U.S. sanctions of Russia, and would have done so if directed by President Biden.

Key Quotes: “The committee is aggressively probing this issue from every angle,” said Senate Armed Services Committee Jack Reed, “Neither Elon Musk, nor any private citizen, can have the last word when it comes to U.S. national security.” 

How the Media Covered It: The call for a probe was widely covered by sources from the left and center. As of Saturday morning Newsmax (Right bias) and The Epoch Times (Lean Right bias) were the only sources on the right AllSides found coverage from.

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