In recent years, terms like “disinformation” have become political weapons. In many cases, Republicans who say things Democrats do not like are accused of spreading so-called “disinformation.”
During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, some Americans warned that COVID-19 vaccines were not going to be able to stop the virus. Folks who made these claims were not only accused of spreading wrong information but they were also censored by social media companies.
Earlier this year, podcaster Joe Rogan was likewise accused of spreading “disinformation” by Democrats who did not like some of the guests he featured.
Debates about disinformation are now back in the mainstream, amid upcoming conferences from former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
The Latest Takes on Disinformation
Later this week, Bush and Obama will sit down with various global officials to discuss the existence and danger of things they deem to be “disinformation.”
Key parts of these conferences will involve the negative outcomes that can stem from false information, along with certain susceptibilities to human influence. Of course, allies of the former presidents are alleging these conferences remain vital to keeping American democracy intact.
Unfortunately for Bush and Obama, many Americans have taken to social media to note the irony of these upcoming conferences. Both former presidents actively spread disinformation during their stints in office.
Before I go offline for the day, I'd just like to note the irony of Presidents "WMDs in Iraq" and "your healthcare costs will go down $2500" giving landmark speeches about disinformation.
Ok now I'm really leaving.https://t.co/LRiJ0ycu0c
— Spike Cohen (@RealSpikeCohen) November 13, 2022
During the Bush administration, false allegations of weapons of mass destruction emerged. During the Obama administration, Obama said Americans who liked their doctors and their healthcare plans could keep them under the Affordable Care Act. This turned out to be untrue.
Democrats — and RINOs — often accuse conservatives of spreading disinformation for political gain. Though when the left is guilty of getting it wrong, these mistakes are never written off as intentional disinformation that is dangerous to democracy.
Weaponizing Disinformation Claims
In real-time, the Democrat Party is continuing to use the “disinformation” card when it suits their ends. Unsurprisingly, neither Bush nor Obama is calling this out.
Jen Psaki blames 'Spanish language disinformation’ for GOP's dominance in Florida.
She said Florida Latinos are not like other Latinos.https://t.co/ra2tMrPNit
— OutKick (@Outkick) November 10, 2022
As the Republican Party makes inroads with Hispanic and Latino voters, some Democrats have alleged these groups are being led astray by “disinformation.” It does not seem to register with the left that Democratic policies are actually turning off various voters.
All things considered, many Americans have zero confidence that the events hosted by Bush and Obama will be objective or truthful.