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Barack Obama’s frightening call for censorship

Have a close look here at what Barack Obama is saying.

This is from an interview Obama did with Atlantic editor Jeffrey Goldberg, as reported and quoted by Vox.

Obama wants to curb the free flow of information because it spreads a lot of ideas he finds disagreeable. He proposes a partnership between government and the tech industry to weed out “false” information.

He uses the QAnon conspiracy theory as an example, but it’s clear he has larger things in mind, pointing to other “crazy lies and conspiracy theories.”

I’m no QAnon believer. But the frightening thing here is that Obama and the rest of the liberals and the left, including those who control the tech industry, believe that conservative ideas are lies, or are “intolerant” of a variety of groups that support Democrats.

“The First Amendment doesn’t require private companies to provide a platform for any view that is out there,” he says. Well, no, they don’t. But if you are going allow these companies to reign as monopolies, then the First Amendment is being destroyed.

I’m not sure why President Trump didn’t work harder to tear them apart.

And then Obama adds: “At the end of the day, we’re going to have to find a combination of government regulations and corporate practices that address this, because it’s going to get worse.”

Imagine that. Government and Silicon Valley cooperating to decide what is acceptable speech. Now that Joe Biden will be in charge at the White House, this is the kind of thing the Deep State will be going to be cooking up.

From the Vox piece:

Obama: Now you have a situation in which large swaths of the country genuinely believe that the Democratic Party is a front for a pedophile ring…I was talking to a volunteer who was going door-to-door in Philadelphia in low-income African American communities, and was getting questions about QAnon conspiracy theories.

Goldberg: Is this new malevolent information architecture bending the moral arc away from justice?

Obama: I think it is the single biggest threat to our democracy.

Later in the interview, Obama makes it quite clear that much of his concern is specifically about the internet — which he is also quite clear isn’t “going away” — and the big platforms that sort and distribute most of the internet for most people:

Obama: I don’t hold the tech companies entirely responsible, because this predates social media. It was already there. But social media has turbocharged it. I know most of these folks. I’ve talked to them about it. The degree to which these companies are insisting that they are more like a phone company than they are like The Atlantic, I do not think is tenable. They are making editorial choices, whether they’ve buried them in algorithms or not. The First Amendment doesn’t require private companies to provide a platform for any view that is out there. At the end of the day, we’re going to have to find a combination of government regulations and corporate practices that address this, because it’s going to get worse. If you can perpetrate crazy lies and conspiracy theories just with texts, imagine what you can do when you can make it look like you or me saying anything on video. We’re pretty close to that now…

Goldberg: It’s that famous Steve Bannon strategy: flood the zone with shit.

Obama: If we do not have the capacity to distinguish what’s true from what’s false, then by definition the marketplace of ideas doesn’t work. And by definition our democracy doesn’t work. We are entering into an epistemological crisis.

9 thoughts on “Barack Obama’s frightening call for censorship”

  1. Obama: Now you have a situation in which large swaths of the country genuinely believe that the Democratic Party is a front for a pedophile ring…I was talking to a volunteer who was going door-to-door in Philadelphia in low-income African American communities, and was getting questions about QAnon conspiracy theories.

    I call BS: Obama does not talk to the little people like campaign volunteers. And I doubt very much the black community in low income areas has ever heard of QAnon.

    1. And yet, of course, he constantly claims to speak for the people. He doesn’t know them. And he parades himself as some supreme intellect uniquely able to step back from it all and provide the truth. He is not a great intellect, at least not as great as he thinks, and he veers far from what is true.

  2. What is wrong with these people – they simply don’t want any dissent or the average “Joe” getting attention or having priority. They are so insecure and tyrants. They talk about Trump being a tyrant, bully, etc.

    We need a huge awakening of the middle class.

  3. I don’t know about QAnon, but from what I hear, its some pretty far reaching material. That can be said about a number of organizations and publications. We simply cannot allow Big Tech and Big Govt to sift through data and be the judge as to what qualifies as reader ready. There is a line in the sand somewhere for what is hate, and any conspiracy theory should viewed with a raised eyebrow. The issue is whether American society is able to determine, on their own , what is truth, what is acceptable, on an individual basis…or do we let the Govt do it for us. Should we let the latter happen, free speech is gone.

    Watch the ratings for cable news plummet in 2021. That says a lot.

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  4. Remember: Obama presided over both the 2013 repeal of the anti-propaganda act , thus making it legal for the government to lie to American citizens and to disseminate propaganda under the pretense of “truth” to us via American news sources; and over 2016’s bpartisan “Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act” – which, although ostensible to “counter” “foreign” propaganda spread via US media, actually set up and funded an organization that put US government people in the nation’s news rooms and social media companies to direct both the reporting, and to develop the filtering tools – some of which I suspect (with no evidence but my own gut feeling) has been used by Facebook and Twitter to flag conservative posts as “misleading”, and to fund those “independent fact checkers” organizations that are allowing Democrat fake news to pass while condemning real reporting even from our President.

  5. Before Facebook there was MySpace and before that was something else.
    My answer/solution is to encourage others to abandon Big Tech aps, ignore Twitter.
    They have the same rights at the big news organizations – the right to decide what is printed or aired.

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