Is Elon Musk Killing Twitter? Intelligence Squared U.S. Tapes Virtual Debate on Monday, January 9

January 3, 2023

Kara Swisher argues Yes. Anthony Scaramucci argues No.


Since shelling out $44 billion for Twitter, critics say Elon Musk is knocking the social media giant off its perch. Under his guidance, a slew of firings, a resurgence of unsavory Tweeters, and a bevy of on-again, off-again bans, have all raised questions about the platform’s long-term viability. Some investors have labeled Musk an albatross around Twitter’s neck, calling for him to stay focused on Tesla and SpaceX. Others say Musk is actually freeing the bird from anti-conservative censorship, which will engender more open discourse. His moves, they say, are all a part of a broader business acumen that has proven successful in the past. In that context, award-winning debate series Intelligence Squared U.S. will tape a virtual debate on the question: “Is Elon Musk Killing Twitter?”

Arguing “YES” is Kara Swisher, an acclaimed journalist who has covered the business of the internet since 1994 and co-founded Vox Media’s Recode in 2014. Swisher is currently the host of the podcast On with Kara Swisher and the co-host of the podcast Pivot. Arguing “NO” is Anthony Scaramucci, founder of SkyBridge Capital, who served as the White House Director of Communications. Scaramucci worked at Goldman Sachs’s investment banking, equities, and private wealth management divisions between 1989 and 1996.

While the debate will not be released widely until January 27, via public radio, video and the Intelligence Squared U.S. podcast, press are invited to attend the live virtual taping on Monday, January 9 at 10:00 AM ET. Media can email for virtual access.


Intelligence Squared U.S. was founded to address a fundamental problem in America: the extreme polarization of our nation and our politics. Through its award-winning live debates and associated programming, the nonprofit organization serves as a model for responsible media in a new age – fair, intelligent, nonpartisan – while restoring critical thinking, facts, reason, and civility to public discourse. Recognized as “Best Podcast Event of 2020” by Adweek, Intelligence Squared U.S. reaches millions through multi-platform distribution, including public radio, podcasts, video live streaming, newsletters, interactive digital content, and on-demand apps. With over 220 debates and counting, plus additional podcast and video content, the organization has encouraged the public to “think twice” on a wide range of provocative topics for over a decade. Intelligence Squared U.S. was initiated by The Rosenkranz Foundation, which continues to provide major support.


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