White House overreacted to Twitter note added to misleading Biden tweet, accused platform of 'calling the president a liar'

 January 14, 2023

As part of the discovery process in the Missouri v. Biden civil lawsuit, damning email evidence has been publicly revealed to expose efforts by President Joe Biden's White House to pressure and collude with social media platforms to censor and suppress information the administration disliked or disagreed with.

One particular email exchange showed how White House officials freaked out over a Birdwatch note that had been applied to provide context to a misleading tweet from the president, which prompted one official to accuse Twitter of "calling the President a liar," Just the News reported.

The reprimand from the White House apparently had its intended effect, as Twitter has since removed the contextual note from Biden's not-entirely accurate tweet about inflation.

Biden's misleading July inflation tweet

On the evening of August 10, 2022, President Biden tweeted, "July's 0% inflation and last week's booming jobs report underscore the kind of economy we're building -- an economy that works for everyone."

Many Twitter users were quick to point out the misleading nature of Biden's tweet by noting that inflation for July was actually at 8.5 percent and that the 0 percent referenced by the president was the fact that the inflation rate had remained the same as the 8.5 percent rate for the month of June.

Twitter's Birdwatch feature, now known as Community Notes, allows certain users to provide additional context and information to tweets that they believe contain misinformation, and in this instance, that feature was used by somebody to supplement the president's inaccurate post.

That context was then appended to Biden's tweet in a note that read: "Inflation in July was 8.5%. Mr. Biden is referring to the change in inflation over time; the 8.5% rate did not increase from June." The note also contained a link to a PBS Newshour report on the current inflation rate in comparison to prior months.

"You are in effect calling the President a liar"

To say the White House was displeased would be an understatement, as White House Director of Digital Strategy Rob Flaherty sent an August 11, 2022 email to an unidentified Twitter employee that sarcastically quipped, "Happy to connect you with some economists who can explain the basics to you guys."

Somebody from Twitter replied to Flaherty's message to let him know that the note was part of the platform's Birdwatch feature and even offered to meet with him to further explain how the feature worked.

That is when Jesse Lee, a senior advisor for communications at the National Economics Council entered the email conversation to share her thoughts on the matter.

"I like the feature! But this note is factually inaccurate," Lee wrote. "This is a very technical question but you don't have it right, and you are in effect calling the President a liar when his tweet is actually accurate."

Except, Lee was wrong, as it was Biden's tweet that had been inaccurate and misleading while the contextual note that had been added was correct and justifiable. Nevertheless, at some unknown point, the note was removed and Biden's untrue tweet about "July's 0% inflation" remains active in its original form.

A necessary and revealing lawsuit

This is but one of many damning revelations about the Biden White House's efforts to make demands and impose pressure on the various social media platforms that have been exposed by the civil lawsuit led by Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey with an assist from the New Civil Liberties Alliance about social media censorship being done at the behest of the Biden administration.

"This case is about the Biden Administration’s blatant disregard for the First Amendment and its collusion with Big Tech social media companies to suppress speech it disagrees with," AG Bailey said in a statement Monday. "I will always fight back against unelected bureaucrats who seek to indoctrinate the people of this state by violating our constitutional right to free and open debate."

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