Since the news of Tesla CEO Elon Musk buying Twitter hit the airwaves and interwebs, the left has been scrambling to figure out how to respond. The notion that Musk might create a level playing field for conservatives and leftists on the platform seems to be one that progressives cannot abide, and they are actively seeking ways to prevent this catastrophe from occurring.
Democrats are looking at legislative means to enforce more censorship under the guise of fighting “misinformation” and members of the activist media are helping to make the idea attractive to the public. A new report reveals that they are developing an interesting but predictable method to justify their censorious efforts.
NBC News reported that “[e]xpert witnesses have warned members of Congress that misinformation targeting Black voters and other voters of color is likely to intensify as the midterm elections unfold.”
Joi Chaney, who heads the National Urban League’s Washington office, gave testimony before the House Administration subcommittee on election that the group discovered an “increasing number of disinformation campaigns that directly target Black communities and the civil rights that have long been fought for.” She continued: “Further, these disinformation attacks on Black communities are also a broader attack on our democracy and a threat to the national security of this nation.”
Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) said “misinformation, disinformation and malinformation” is a “threat to our democracy and the free, fair and equitable access to the ballot every voter is entitled to.” He went on to claim that misinformation “has been weaponized and targeted at communities of color by racist and antidemocratic actors who seek to intimidate voters of color and discourage them from participating in the democratic process.” The lawmaker suggested that minority voters are targeted with false narratives that intended to “appeal to each community’s concerns in ways that will alienate voters and suppress turnout.”
One does not require the ability to read minds to ascertain how these folks wish to solve this problem. The solution is censorship, censorship, and more censorship enforced by the government and Big Tech. Chaney first suggested that there should be “whole of government” and “whole of nation” efforts to fight “disinformation.”
She then recommended that social media companies should do more to tamp down “disinformation” and that ownership of these organizations should be involved in that process. “The National Urban League expressed public opposition this month to billionaire Elon Musk’s bid to buy Twitter,” according to NBC News.
Last, but certainly not least, Chaney argued that Congress should pass legislation designed to increase transparency about how algorithms work. Laws should focus on content moderation practices among other factors.
At first glance, this might appear to be a simple report detailing how minorities are targeting by misinformation campaigns. However, a discerning eye might see a clever ploy to push the left’s censorship agenda. Indeed, it gives progressives a way to use their favorite weapon against the opposition: false accusations of racism.
By introducing race into the equation, the left can argue that those opposing supposed efforts to curb misinformation are racist because this issue ostensibly affects African Americans disproportionately. The plan is revealed to be even more insidious when one considers the reality that the left believes anything they don’t agree with is misinformation – they never apply this term to false reporting coming from activist media outlets who agree with progressive politics, do they?
The truth is that the idea of Musk taking over Twitter has the far left terrified. They are concerned they might lose supremacy over political discourse on the platform. But they’re really just disguising a desire to suppress opposing views as an effort to limit the impact of disinformation and false narratives. The question is: Will America buy it?