Even Liberals Aghast at Biden’s Dystopian ‘Ministry of Truth’

The Biden Administration’s announcement this week that the Department of Homeland Security is forming a “Disinformation Governance Board” faces a tidal wave of backlash, some even from liberal circles. This, however, is apparently lost on the president’s staff.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki defended the board, declaring its mission is to stop disinformation in various communities across the country. She then declared, “I’m not sure who opposes that effort.” Really?

Even some in left-wing circles see the danger in having the government deciding what is true or not. At the liberal Brookings Institute, Senior Fellow Shadi Hamid asks how there can even be a debate on the issue of government control of information. He agrees with conservative critics that having a Disinformation Governance Board run by the Department of Homeland Security “is not exactly a reassuring thought.”

Independent journalist Glenn Greenwald, author of two books criticizing the George W. Bush administration for alleged abuses of executive power, wholeheartedly agrees. After the Biden administration’s announcement of the new board, he called the action “indescribably dystopian and chilling.”

Greenwald added that Democrats thinking the board is “good and normal” reveals all that is needed to know about their beliefs.

Yes, but it’s not like the American public does not already know what those beliefs are, and to borrow a word from the perpetually frightened left, it’s “scary.”

Remember that White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield supported social media companies being “held accountable” for the opinions and ideas posted on their platforms. Biden’s press secretary Jen Psaki admitted the administration is “flagging problematic posts” on Facebook it believes are spreading disinformation. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy called for “rooting out” misleading speech. These are not misleading positions taken out of context, but rather crystal clear statements of authoritarian beliefs.

How did the American public discover the Hunter Biden laptop is genuine? Or find out about a president and an intern, or “arms for hostages” or Watergate? It certainly was not by having the government decide what is truthful and deserving of being published. And even though Psaki asked who exactly “opposes that effort,” the far better question is to ask who supports it.