Rule number one about disinformation is: do not spread disinformation and then act as a crusader against it.
Rule number two: listen to the latest episode of the Drill Down podcast as Eric Eggers and Peter Schweizer discuss the sordid state of affairs when it comes to truth and disinformation in America today.
When the Disinformation Governance Board was announced by the Department of Homeland Security, it was not long before it was laughed out of existence. Almost no one took the board seriously, even the media. But perhaps the media could have been a little more self-aware of the criticisms and jokes they levied at the board.
The media have struggled to tell the truth as much as the government, and in some cases, they echo each other.
During a 2020 presidential debate, then-President Trump accused former Vice President Biden’s administration under Obama of beginning the family separation policy that Democrats heavily criticized Trump for. Biden flat out denied the claim, and that set the stage for the illustrious fact-checking industry to weigh in.
Rather than laying out the interesting truth between Trump’s and Biden’s claims, which is that the Obama Administration began the policy in limited circumstances, a CBS fact-checker simply claimed Trump was wrong, Biden was correct.
No wonder Americans are losing faith in its institutions. No one wants to own up to the truth.