Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas raised eyebrows last month when he announced the creation of a new Disinformation Governance Board (DGB).
While Mayorkas says the new entity is necessary to combat online disinformation, his claim left HBO’s Bill Maher, a diehard Democrat, furious.
Comparisons to 1984
According to Fox News, Maher took the Biden administration to task during Friday’s episode of his show Real Time over its “creepy” move.
Maher was quoted as telling his guests that the DGB’s critics were “right to compare this to Orwell in the ‘Ministry of Truth.’ That’s exactly what it sounds like.”
He also questioned what constitutes “disinformation,” noting how “you could have said that about ‘If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.””
That was a reference to a statement frequently made by former President Obama when promoting the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Even the left-leaning PolitiFact declared Obama’s claim to be its 2013 “Lie of the Year.”
“Who decides that?”
Earlier, Maher had concluded one of his shows by mocking the idea that government bureaucrats should be the final arbiters of truth.
“Lies are all around you develop a better bulls–t detector,” he declared, adding, “That’s a better solution than me giving up what I’m allowed to read. Who decides that? Who decides what gets the ‘no evidence for that’ sticker slapped on it?” he later asked.
“Sometimes misinformation is just history’s first draft,” the comedian continued. “I see a lot of things on social media and also old f–k’s media and I don’t completely believe any of it not right away. Not until I check it out.”
“And when I ask is it true, usually the answer turns out to be ‘Well, sort of’ or ‘Yes, but.’ So you see, we’ve all become very adept at saying things that are technically true but lack context or that leave out half the story,” Maher complained.
“So if we’re gonna ban untruth, does that include the half truth, the quarter truth, and wait, don’t the wokest people in the world believe that what really matters is ‘your truth?’” he insisted.
“This is still America where people have the right to express what they think including to be wrong to lie and yes, the right to be an a—–e.”