Before leaving office, Barack Obama wanted to give just one more big middle finger to the country and specifically We the People.
When Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act for 2017 into law, he allowed a portion of it to address “fake news” and “disinformation techniques,” as per a Rob Portman press release.
The Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act, introduced by Senators Rob Portman and Chris Murphy, a Republican and a Democrat respectively, has two main ways of controlling what the news media here in our country says.
First, the act established the Global Engagement Center, which will attempt to counter foreign attempts to undermine U.S. national security interests. I think we all see where this is going.
Next, it allowed grants to some NGOs to help study disinformation and propaganda directed at the United States in both print, online, and social media.
Some believe that this law could be used as a form of censorship or information control by the federal government. It is not the government’s job to decide what is fake news and what is not, especially when it is the Democrats trying to use that crutch for why they lost the election.
This could lead to big problems regarding the freedom of information in the United States. It could mean that information from foreign sources that do not follow our government’s narrative would be considered fake news.
However, not all information that criticizes America should be deemed “fake news,” and there is often crucial information for the American public about corruption within the federal government that could be blocked by this act.
Moreover, it could mean that whatever political party is in power at the time could censor information in favor of the other political party, leaving Americans to be mislead and uninformed.
The American people are smart enough to decide for themselves what is fake news and what is not. Americans are already bombarded by so much garbage online that we have all gotten used to sifting through the trash to get what we want to know.
The American people do not need a big brother federal government telling them what is good media and what is not. To have that kind of system would violate the principles in the First Amendment allowing a free and open press.
It is just like Obama to slip this in the NDA, a bill which has to pass because it authorizes funding for the military. This is why we need to drain the swamp—these politicians are creating corrupt laws that take away our freedoms every day. Sometimes, the fake news comes straight from the government, and we need our free press to expose their lies.
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