It’s not censorship to correct disinformation.
Gov. Ron DeSantis wants the Disinformation Governance Board to die a quick and painful death.
That’s the board President Joe Biden announced last month to counter inaccurate information passed off as truth. You know, things like insisting rigged voting machines credited Biden with ballots cast for what’s-his-name from Mar-a-Lago.
Or that COVID-19 vaccines contained microchips that could track a person’s every move. That’s so residents of the deep state could know where you are at all times.
“What they are doing to try to stifle dissent to try to elevate a chosen political narrative that’s endorsed by the regime and to try to marginalize dissenters is not what a free society is all about,” DeSantis said. “What they will use that for, I believe, is to feed the social media platforms with what they want to be censored and not want to be censored.”
Well, if anyone would know about elevating a chosen political narrative endorsed by the regime, it would be the Governor.
The recent Legislative Session was more about slaying straw men than accomplishing things that actually benefit citizens.
But I digress.
It’s inconsistent for DeSantis to complain about the free flow of information after he has spent so much time pushing his narrative on many things. That, of course, is his right just as it is the Board’s right to offer, oh, what did they call it?
No one is trying to stifle dissent, especially when we see the consequences of state-controlled media every day in Russia. Dissent is a way of life in America, and it should be. I agree with the Governor that robust debate about multiple points of view is healthy and necessary.
What we’ve seen, however, is not debate. Too often, it’s dangerous, and people die because of that.
The country just passed the dreadful milestone of 1 million deaths from COVID-19. Who knows how many thousands of people would be alive today if they didn’t believe the quackery they saw online about vaccines as gospel?
To the Governor’s point, people should immediately expose misinformation, whether from the left or right. That’s what medical experts — you know, folks who actually studied medicine — did when DeSantis berated school students in Tampa for wearing facemasks.
That didn’t stifle dissent. It was a wide-ranging rebuke from people who know more about medicine than the Governor does. Correction is not the same as stifling.
DeSantis supports the Elon Musk takeover of Twitter because, he said, the billionaire will “open it up.”
Twitter, lest we forget, was Donald Trump’s megaphone to amplify his baseless claim that mysterious forces stole the 2020 election. His lying tweets contributed directly to the Jan. 6 insurrection, where people died.
That’s why Twitter banned him.
Honestly, though, I am suspicious about the value of the Disinformation Governance Board. People are unlikely to believe anything that conflicts with their narrative.
If anything, that Board will give DeSantis an even bigger platform. He can rail against Government Speak while participating in Government Speak.
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Former Goldman CEO Warns of Potential Recession: ‘Very, Very High Risk Factor’
Appearing on CBS’s Face the Nation, former Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein warned the United States could plunge into a recession.
“Do you think we’re headed towards recession?” @margbrennan asks Goldman Sachs Senior Chairman Lloyd Blankfein amid U.S. inflation.
“It’s definitely a risk…If I were a consumer, I’d be prepared for it, but it’s not baked in the cake.” pic.twitter.com/IehxU4wSo6
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) May 15, 2022
A transcript is as follows:
MARGARET BRENNAN: Do you think we’re headed towards recession?
LLOYD BLANKFEIN: We’re certainly heading — it’s a very, very high risk factor. There’s a path, a narrow path, but I think the Fed has very powerful tools. It’s hard to finely tune them and hard to see the effects of them quickly enough to alter it. But I think they are responding well. It’s definitely a risk. If I was running a big company I would be very prepared for it. If I was a consumer, I would prepared for it. But it’s not baked in the cake.
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“This is something he is focusing on very acutely and again I said 24/7 we’ve been working on this since we have learned about this back in February,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said during the daily briefing about Biden, calling the issue “one of the presidents top priorities.”
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“If we had been better mind readers, I guess we could’ve, but we moved as the problem became apparent to us,” Biden said.
The president did not even personally mention the crisis until Friday, despite weeks of reports highlighting the problem.
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He announced the launch of a new government website to help parents locate baby formula in stores, but it was beset by extremely long hold times and unhelpful information.
Jean-Pierre alluded to a comment from Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Bacerra claiming the Biden administration had been working on the issue since February and even as early as last year in 2021.
CNN: “You are satisfied with the government’s response throughout [the baby formula shortage]?”
HHS Sec. Xavier Becerra: “FDA has kept me apprised of this from LAST YEAR. We have been moving as quickly as we can” pic.twitter.com/5WRZa5chYg
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) May 16, 2022
“You’ve heard us talk about this, you’ve heard colleagues talking about what we have done since February,” Jean-Pierre said. “We’ve been working on this 24/7.”
Jean-Pierre refused to offer a timeline for when supplies of baby formula would return to normal.
“What I can say is there are a lot of dates floating around out there,” she said.
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“We pay tribute to all law enforcement officers and their families who understand what it takes, what’s at risk, to save and protect all of us,” Biden said. “That includes paying tribute to the Buffalo police officer Aaron Salder — Slater, excuse me — who gave his life trying to save others.”
Biden spoke about Salter during a Public Safety Officer Medals of Valor ceremony at the White House for law enforcement and public safety officials.
Salter was a Buffalo police officer for 30 years before retiring in 2022 and taking a security job at the Tops Friendly Market where the shooting took place.
Salter hit the alleged shooter with at least one round from his pistol, but it was blocked by the alleged shooter’s bulletproof armor. Salter was later shot and killed during the attack.
“You’re the heart and soul and very spine of this country and communities,” Biden continued, praising the public safety officials in the room.
During the ceremony, Biden also botched the name of Rep. Adriano Espaillat, a Democrat congressman from New York.
“Excuse me. You can call me ‘Bidden,’” Biden joked, mispronouncing his own name. “We’ve known each other so long and I still stumbled. I apologize.”
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