If you go to the State Department website, you will find the Bureau for Global Engagement Center. The section on “Disarming Disinformation: Our Shared Responsibility” has this quote from President Biden. “There is truth and there are lies. Lies told for power and for profit. And each of us has a duty and responsibility, as citizens, as Americans, and especially as leaders – leaders who have pledged to honor our Constitution and protect our nation — to defend the truth and to defeat the lies.”
In a recent commentary, Thaddeus McCotter observes that “there are times when irony isn’t enough.” We are being lectured by the president and the state department about the danger of lies. McCotter reminds us of the 51 current and former members of the US intelligence community who claimed the Hunter Biden laptop was likely Russian disinformation. They knew that wasn’t true but spread that disinformation anyway.
Once that letter was made public, it gave the establishment media and Big Tech companies all they needed to censor the reporting by the New York Post and prevent millions of Americans from knowing about the laptop and its contents. Miranda Devine concluded: “The letter was a domestic disinformation operation by the CIA to deceive the American people and help Joe Biden win the 2020 election.”
Years later we now know that those who signed the letter understood it was not Russian disinformation. Instead, we know they were spreading disinformation. Special Counsel John Durham’s report concluded that the FBI probe of the Trump campaign colluding with Russia was “seriously flawed.” FBI officials “discounted or willfully ignored material information that did not support the narrative.”
It now appears that while federal agencies were warning us of the danger of disinformation, they were often the ones dispensing disinformation.
This post originally appeared at https://pointofview.net/viewpoints/disinformation/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=disinformation