As if ripped straight from the pages of George Orwell’s dystopian “1984” novel, it was recently revealed that President Joe Biden’s administration had created its own propagandistic “Ministry of Truth” in the form of the newly launched Disinformation Governance Board within the Department of Homeland Security.
There have been outraged cries of opposition from conservatives and independents, but also from some liberals still committed to free speech, such as former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), who linked the new dystopian board to comments recently uttered by former President Barack Obama about the need for more censorship, The Daily Wire reported.
The comments referenced by Gabbard were spoken by Obama during an address about two weeks ago at Stanford University’s Cyber Policy Center about the purported danger to society posed by the free flow of so-called misinformation and disinformation on the internet.
Obama called for more censorship just days earlier
Gabbard on Sunday tweeted a clip of Obama’s speech and wrote, “Biden is just a front man. Obama, April 21: social media censors ‘don’t go far enough,’ so the government needs to step in to do the job. Six days later, Homeland Security rolls out the ‘Ministry of Truth’ (aka Disinformation Governance Board).”
Biden is just a front man. Obama, April 21: social media censors “don’t go far enough,” so the government needs to step in to do the job. Six days later, Homeland Security rolls out the ‘Ministry of Truth’ (aka Disinformation Governance Board). pic.twitter.com/CHOD4mbE0B
— Tulsi Gabbard 🌺 (@TulsiGabbard) May 1, 2022
Indeed, that clip showed the former president heralding the efforts at “content moderation” by social media platforms and other internet forums but, as Gabbard had noted, warned that such efforts “doesn’t go far enough.”
Biden’s dictatorial propaganda and censorship outfit
This was not the first time that Gabbard had drawn comparisons between Biden’s new Disinformation Governance Board and Orwell’s “Ministry of Truth,” as she had done exactly that last week during an appearance on Fox News with host Sean Hannity to discuss the unnerving and seemingly unconstitutional development.
“Every dictatorship has a propaganda arm — a ‘Ministry of Truth,'” she tweeted. “The Biden Administration has now formally joined the ranks of such dictatorships with their creation of the so-called ‘Disinformation Governance Board.'”
Every dictatorship has a propaganda arm—a “Ministry of Truth.” The Biden Administration has now formally joined the ranks of such dictatorships with their creation of the so-called “Disinformation Governance Board.” pic.twitter.com/iMnrqksaJJ
— Tulsi Gabbard 🌺 (@TulsiGabbard) April 29, 2022
Attached to that tweet was a video clip of her discussion with Hannity in which she asserted that the board had been created out of “fear” that Americans would “think for ourselves” and — at taxpayer expense — would be used to “drown out” alternative opinions to the preferred mainstream narratives as well as intimidate and silence voices of dissent.
Stand up and reject tyranny
The former congresswoman and presidential candidate further urged all Americans who value freedom of speech and oppose government censorship and tyranny to stand up and collectively say, “We’re not going to let you get away with this crap.”
In a separate tweet posted the next day, Gabbard wrote that “The hysterical reaction by those in power & their MSM mouthpieces to all Americans being allowed to exercise our free speech exposes their tyrannical tendencies, as does their creation of a ‘Ministry of Truth.’ All freedom-loving Americans — Dem/Rep/Ind — need to reject such tyrants.”