This is what I was talking about in my podcast today. Click the link below to listen. It’s long (about 20 minutes).
If you don’t have time to listen to 20 minutes, here are the key points:
- Federal communicators don’t do propaganda. That’s illegal even with the modernization of the Smith-Mundt Act.
- We don’t advocate for one political party over another. That too is illegal.
- It is legitimate for the government to counter efforts to disrupt our elections (the functioning of our society) through false information
- What is not legitimate is to use the government to promote a certain narrative under the pretext of countering harmful information.
- Even worse is to use the government to politicize threats to society under the rubric of fighting false information.
- There was a clear effort to censor opposing views, then hide behind Facebook and the other social media platforms and pretend that this was all legitimate government activity. It was not.
- Social resilience is not achieved by promoting a false and politicized unified narrative. It is achieved by enforcing the rights of the populace without regard to their personal views (e.g. enforcing the First Amendment).
Here are the two articles that led me to the meeting minutes.
Here’s the document I talk about in the podcast.
By Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal (Dossy). All opinions are the author’s own. Public domain.