This from Paul Mason (also mentioned) has lasted well
Posted by johnlilburne on May 28, 2022, 12:48 am, in reply to "Grayzone: Minister of Truth Nina Jankowicz Goes Down"
Last week, the US federal government took the plunge. It announced the formation of a Disinformation Governance Board within the Department of Homeland Security. Led by the 33-year-old infowar expert Nina Jankowicz, it has no executive powers or capabilities but is there to advise the US’s domestic security agencies about counter-disinformation strategies. |
The move was greeted with outrage. The disinformation websites led the charge, terrorising and ridiculing Jankowicz who – being educated, female and feminist – fell into their prime target category. Photographs and videos from her teenage to young adult life was splashed across the internet. A procession of white, male and middle-aged “anti-woke” commentators labelled the organisation a “ministry of truth”. The press joined in – from the Wall Street Journal and Fox News to the liberal Washington Post – claiming the mere existence of the board was a threat to the US’s First Amendment, which guarantees free speech.
The Grayzone editor-in-chief Max Blumenthal outlined the logic. Blumenthal accepts there are no actual attempts to censor disinformation. What he objects to is the state trying to force, or persuade, the major internet companies to alter their algorithms to deprioritise the hate speech, lies and threats generated by the online far right and the pro-Kremlin left.