There was some good news on the freedom of speech front when US President Joe Biden announced that he was putting off plans to create a disinformation board or censorship bureau that would operate under the Department of Homeland Security.
Many believe this will lead to the eventual cancellation of the project, which was intended to counter any information the government did not agree with.
It was little more than the Ministry of Truth found in George Orwell’s fictional dystopian novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four. As George Orwell described it:
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 ordinary hypocrisy: they are deliberate exercises in doublethink.
Many believed that the disinformation board, similar to Twitter, was simply an attempt by left-wing elitists to censor any views that they don’t agree with. READ: ‘Twitter does not believe in free speech’: Undercover Project Veritas recording reveals Twitter engineer saying platform censors the right but NOT the left
However, the Democrats quickly realized that their Ministry of Truth was not playing well with the electorate, and their appointment of Nina Jankowicz as the first director was proving to be a huge embarrassment.
The Blaze provides more details:
The board had been the subject of scrutiny and ridicule for weeks since its launch as critics from across the political spectrum called it Stalinesque and compared it to the Ministry of Truth from George Orwell’s classic novel “1984.”
It had been launched with the stated aim of “countering misinformation related to homeland security, focused specifically on irregular migration and Russia.” Though many quickly saw the scheme for what it really was: a panel of left-wing elites empowered to determine what is and what is not truthful.
Jankowicz’s own background added fuel to the fire. The so-called “expert” on Russian misinformation readily disseminated Trump-Russia collusion talking points from the later debunked Christopher Steele dossier in 2016. Then in 2020, she echoed baseless claims that Hunter Biden’s laptop was part of a Russian disinformation campaign, even calling it a “Trump campaign product.”