White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was at a loss to explain how the new internet policy task force formed on Thursday is any different than the dissolved Ministry of Truth. Watch:
“The first one on the online policy task force that the Vice President’s leading, that’s getting kicked off today,” the reporter said.
“On a background call last night, we were told that it’s going to be different from the Disinformation Governance Board and that it’s going to focus on illegal conduct online, but the memo creating it was a little bit broader and mentioned — and I’m quoting from the document, quote, ‘Online harassment, abuse, and disinformation campaigns targeting women and LGBTQI+ individuals who are public and political figures.’”
“Can you clear the disinformation charges —”
“So, I would need to talk to her team,” KJP replied. “I was not on the background call. So that specific language that you’re — you’re providing to me, I would just have to check in with her. I would also encourage you to check — to check as well with her — her team. I can’t say more because I — I wasn’t on the background call.”
Let me help. The Biden administration announced on Thursday announced that Kamala Harris will be heading up a new internet policy task force. Its goals included “developing programs and policies” to protect “political figures” and journalists from “disinformation,” “abuse” and “harassment.”
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The new task force headed by Kamala Harris would have the sweeping mission “to protect people who seek out a role in public life from online critics,” the New York Post reports.
“In the United States and around the world, women and LGBTQI+ political leaders, public figures, activists, and journalists are especially targeted by sexualized forms of online harassment and abuse, undermining their ability to exercise their human rights and participate in democracy, governance, and civic life,” the memo says.
“Online abuse and harassment, which aim to preclude women from political decision-making about their own lives and communities, undermine the functioning of democracy,” the memo went on.
The new task force’s members include major Biden administration players likeHomeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Attorney General Merrick Garland and Secretary of State Antony Blinken. They are all widely viewed by the American people to be partisan Democrats.
The formation of the Internet censorship body follows the Department of Homeland Security’s attempted rollout of an Orwellian ‘Disinformation Governance Board.’ Critics mercilessly mocked and ridiculed the body, which was dubbed the Ministry of Truth. The DHS body received even more flack after embarrassing videos of its appointed head Nina Jankowicz surfaced.
The DHS official had been involved in controversies regarding purported ‘disinformation’ with huge political consequences, such as sowing doubt about the Hunter Biden laptop ahead of the 2020 election and furthering the Trump-Russia collusion hoax.
Critics of the new Internet misinformation task force are rightly concerned that this new manifestation of the Ministry of Truth would be every bit as politicized as the last one.