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Thomas Gallatin / February 4, 2021

Biden’s Alternate ‘Reality Czar’

The Leftmedia wants Biden to create a “ministry of truth” in an effort to prevent free speech.

The U.S. is in the midst of one of the most chilling eras for American Liberty in recent memory, if not our nation’s entire history. Specifically targeted is America’s most foundational right, the right to freedom of speech, enshrined in the First Amendment. The Left is engaged in a serious attack against Americans’ freedom to think and speak freely, because leftists accurately recognize that such freedom presents a roadblock to their lust for greater power and control over the country. It’s as if George Orwell’s 1984 wasn’t merely dystopian fiction but a prophetic vision or a “How To” manual.

Since even before the election of Joe Biden, the Leftmedia has been stumping hard against allowing the free flow of information and ideas from the Right, all in the name of preventing “disinformation.” In truth, this semantics game being played by the Left to justify silencing conservative speech didn’t begin recently. It started years ago with that dubious and intentionally misleading term “hate speech.”

Ending “hate speech” was the gateway through which leftists, particularly in media and now social media, began their campaign to erode Americans’ commitment to First Amendment values. Today, the Left’s call to end “hate speech” has morphed into demands to end the spread of “disinformation.”

Case in point comes via a recent New York Times article titled, “How the Biden Administration Can Help Solve Our Reality Crisis.” Conflating conservatives and Trump supporters with fringe conspiracy theorists, the story’s author, Kevin Roose, advocates that Biden create a “reality czar” to “tackle disinformation.”

In describing the agency run by this “reality czar,” Roose writes, “For example, it could formulate ‘safe harbor’ exemptions that would allow platforms to share data about QAnon and other conspiracy theory communities with researchers and government agencies without running afoul of privacy laws. And it could become the tip of the spear for the federal government’s response to the reality crisis.”

The irony and blatant hypocrisy at play here is downright bewildering — so much so that one wonders if it wasn’t a joke. Unfortunately, Roose and his ilk are dead serious.

So, back to the question of reality. Was it not the Gray Lady and her Leftmedia colleagues who incessantly and without evidence for years promoted the conspiracy theory of Donald Trump’s supposed collusion with Russia? How about prior to the 2020 election, when the Times as well as other Leftmedia outlets refused to run any stories regarding the Hunter Biden laptop bombshell — going so far as to claim it had all the earmarks of “Russian disinformation” — only to discover that the FBI was indeed investigating Hunter Biden?

Or how about observing the Times’s stance on science, or rather lack thereof? The Times refuses to recognize the truth that the claim of “transgenderism” is not consistent with biological reality, going so far as to insist that the refusal to use and accept a gender-dysphoric individual’s “preferred” pronouns is tantamount to “hate speech.” Or take the issue of abortion — the Times continues to reject the scientific reality that life begins at the moment of conception.

Furthermore, let’s look at how the Times itself has been on the forefront of the Left’s disinformation campaign with its ahistorical 1619 Project, as it worked to promote the academically popular yet unfounded and thoroughly racist Critical Race Theory.

The Left’s objective is to ensure that its narrative is promoted as fact while preventing conservatives or any others from being allowed to counter or challenge it. As The Wall Street Journal editorial board observes, “Intellectuals don’t merely want the Biden Administration to promote progressive policies. Flush with power, they’re now suggesting that government should police the flow of ideas and assume the authority to define reality itself. So bring on the truth commissions. And if any political minority group complains that the Ministry of Truth is biased, worry not — the reality czar can make quick work of such disinformation.”

No one individual, entity, or organization has the corner on all truth, facts, or reality. Our Founding Fathers recognized this, which is why they intentionally decentralized power and enshrined the right of every American to freely think and speak their mind. Any person who would impose upon this freedom has only selfish ambition for power and control over others in mind.

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