Countering Disinformation And Propaganda
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Perhaps you may have seen this headline from InfoWars and wondered how much truth there was to it. It makes a bold and powerful claim about one of the last acts of the Obama Presidency. "Obama Quietly Signs The ‘Countering Disinformation And Propaganda Act’ Into Law Just like that, the US Ministry of Truth is officially born", it reads. By searching the headline, you can find numerous instances of the article that are all copies and pastes of the original writing, so it is hard to definitively state who the original source of this article really is, but the larger question would be, simply put, is it true? Spoiler alert. The simple answer is "no". It is loosely based in fact then expanded upon with falsehoods. For starters though, let's look at the definition of the two words.
: false information deliberately and often covertly spread (as by the planting of rumors) in order to influence public opinion or obscure the truth
1 capitalized : a congregation of the Roman curia having jurisdiction over missionary territories and related institutions
2 : the spreading of ideas, information, or rumor for the purpose of helping or injuring an institution, a cause, or a person
3 : ideas, facts, or allegations spread deliberately to further one's cause or to damage an opposing cause; also : a public action having such an effect
So we see that disinformation must be information that is known to be false, yet deliberately spread in order to influence public opinion. Propaganda, while much the same thing, doesn't necessarily have to be false, it is more about the intended use of the information. All of this leads us back to our headline. Is it true that President Obama signed the "Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act" into law? No, it is not.
President Obama did, however, sign into law the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act which did include the Countering Foreign Propaganda and Disinformation Act of 2016. You can read about the bill here. Now, notice the difference between the actual name of the bill and the name given to it by Info Wars? It could be a simple oversight though, right? Wrong. Check out this article from Info Wars, and see why I posted for you the definitions of disinformation and propaganda.
BREAKING: Obama Bans Free Speech In The Dead of Night
By slipping through the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, President Obama has signed the “Countering Disinformation And Propaganda Act” into law, effectively putting all speech under federal control.
What? Now all speech is under federal control? Of course not. That is just silly. So how did we get from point a to point b? I take you back to the last paragraph of the first article.
And so, with the likes of WaPo having already primed the general public to equate “Russian Propaganda” with “fake news” (despite admitting after the fact their own report was essentially “fake“), while the US media has indoctrinated the public to assume that any information which is not in compliance with the official government narrative, or dares to criticize the establishment, is also “fake news” and thus falls under the “Russian propaganda” umbrella, the scene is now set for the US government to legally crack down on every media outlet that the government deems to be “foreign propaganda.” Just like that, the US Ministry of Truth is officially born.
So the claim here is that if you dare to criticize the establishment like Russia does, the government will say you are like Russia and therefore must be foreign so you fall under the foreign disinformation act and we will silence you. Obviously this is nonsense, and if one so desired they could believe that Alex Jones is so stupid as to not understand that the language in laws is upheld by legal definitions of terms, and "similar to what Russia would say" and "Russia said it" are two entirely different things.
Which leads us to the larger irony. Notice how scared Alex Jones gets when he hears the government is cracking down on disinformation and propaganda? Justifiably so. This is exactly what he is doing here. By leaving out the word "foreign" in every article he posts about this, he is attempting to mislead you into believing that the the government is trying to silence domestic bullshit artists like himself. They are not, and they should not. Freedom of speech is too important to sacrifice it for some tin foil hat wearing idiot like Alex Jones. While Alex should be silenced, it should come from the people who have grown tired of his lies and as a result tune him out, and not by a government cracking down on the free speech of it's citizenry.
In closing, it dawned on me that some of you might have a basic question for me. Can I prove that the government is doing this specifically to go after domestic alternative news sources? Yes I can. Click the links to Alex Jones above. Trust me, he's still there spewing his lunacy to prove me right in saying that the government is not trying to shut him down.