Joan Donovan, the research director of Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, suggested that the Biden administration could set up a “truth commission,” similar to the 9/11 Commission, to investigate the planning and execution of the Capitol siege on Jan. 6. This effort, she said, would ideally be led by people with deep knowledge of the many “networked factions” that coordinated and carried out the riot, including white supremacist groups and far-right militias. It sounds a little dystopian, I’ll grant. But let’s hear them out.
by Geoffrey GriderFebruary 2, 2021NOW THE END BEGINS
The experts agreed that before the Biden administration can tackle disinformation and extremism, it needs to understand the scope of the problem. A ‘ministry of truth’ would be the perfect place to begin, they say.
It’s funny how every time that Liberals talk about ‘radical groups’, they never mention outfits like ANTIFA and Black Lives Matter whose 6 months worth of deadly riots caused 12 deaths, 2 rapes and over $2 billion in damage. They never mention Occupy Wall Street, the Sunrise Movement or any other of the Leftist agitators groups. Oh wait, my bad, totally forgot that George Soros spent millions for a share in the NY Times, yes the same George Soros who spends billions financing the Leftist riots here in the United States since 2013.
“The Ministry of Peace concerns itself with war, the Ministry of Truth with lies, the Ministry of Love with torture and the Ministry of Plenty with starvation. These contradictions are not accidental, nor do they result from from ordinary hypocrisy: they are deliberate exercises in doublethink”― George Orwell, 1984
If you’re a bible believing Christian, you better prepare for a touch of persecution before Flight #777 takes off, at this point that’s almost a foregone conclusion even if the Pretribulation Rapture were to happen this springtime. But be strong, quit ye like men and women who serve the risen Saviour. It is for this moment we were saved, and to this time are we called to do what soldiers naturally do. The war is real, the battle hot and the time is short…to the FIGHT!!!
How the Biden Administration Can Help Solve Our Reality Crisis by Creating A ‘Ministry Of Truth’
FROM THE NY TIMES: Joan Donovan, the research director of Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, suggested that the Biden administration could set up a “truth commission,” similar to the 9/11 Commission, to investigate the planning and execution of the Capitol siege on Jan. 6. This effort, she said, would ideally be led by people with deep knowledge of the many “networked factions” that coordinated and carried out the riot, including white supremacist groups and far-right militias.
“THERE MUST BE ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THESE ACTIONS,” DR. DONOVAN SAID. “MY FEAR IS THAT WE WILL GET DISTRACTED AS A SOCIETY AND FOCUS TOO MUCH ON GIVING VOICE TO THE FRINGE GROUPS THAT CAME OUT IN DROVES FOR TRUMP.”
These experts were heartened that the Biden administration had already announced a “comprehensive threat assessment” of domestic extremism after the Capitol riots. But they cautioned that categorizing these extremists as “domestic terrorists” — while understandable, given the damage they’ve caused — could backfire. They noted that counterterrorism efforts had historically been used to justify expanding state power in ways that end up harming religious and ethnic minorities, and that today’s domestic extremism crisis didn’t map neatly onto older, more conventional types of terror threats.
Instead, they suggested using new and narrower labels that could help distinguish between different types of movements, and different levels of influence within those movements. A paranoid retiree who spends all day reading QAnon forums isn’t the same as an armed militia leader, and we should delineate one from the other. Several experts I spoke with recommended that the Biden administration put together a cross-agency task force to tackle disinformation and domestic extremism, which would be led by something like a “reality czar.”
IT SOUNDS A LITTLE DYSTOPIAN, I’LL GRANT. BUT LET’S HEAR THEM OUT.
Right now, these experts said, the federal government’s response to disinformation and domestic extremism is haphazard and spread across multiple agencies, and there’s a lot of unnecessary overlap. Renée DiResta, a disinformation researcher at Stanford’s Internet Observatory, gave the example of two seemingly unrelated problems: misinformation about Covid-19 and misinformation about election fraud.
Often, she said, the same people and groups are responsible for spreading both types. So instead of two parallel processes — one at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, aimed at tamping down Covid-related conspiracy theories, and another at the Federal Election Commission, trying to correct voting misinformation — a centralized task force could coordinate a single, strategic response.
“IF EACH OF THEM ARE DOING IT DISTINCTLY AND INDEPENDENTLY, YOU RUN THE RISK OF MISSING CONNECTIONS, BOTH IN TERMS OF THE CONTENT AND IN TERMS OF THE TACTICS THAT ARE USED TO EXECUTE ON THE CAMPAIGNS,” MS. DIRESTA SAID.
This task force could also meet regularly with tech platforms, and push for structural changes that could help those companies tackle their own extremism and misinformation problems. (For example, it could formulate “safe harbor” exemptions that would allow platforms to share data about QAnon and other conspiracy theory communities with researchers and government agencies without running afoul of privacy laws.) And it could become the tip of the spear for the federal government’s response to the reality crisis.