The Biden administration and the Democratic National Committee are pushing to have “fact-checkers” engage with SMS carriers to more closely monitor so-called “misinformation” about COVID-19 vaccines sent in private text messages between customers, in what critics see as chilling government overreach and a blatant Fourth Amendment violation.
Politico reported Monday that the initiative is part of a renewed effort by the White House to push back against “conservatives” and get more Americans vaccinated against the virus, even as the pandemic wanes despite the emergence of new variants in some parts of the country.
“The Biden administration is casting conservative opponents of its Covid-19 vaccine campaign as dangerous and extreme, adopting a more aggressive political posture in an attempt to maneuver through the public health conundrum,” Politico’s report began.
“The White House has decided to hit back harder on misinformation and scare tactics after Republican lawmakers and conservative activists pledged to fight the administration’s stated plans to go ‘door-to-door’ to increase vaccination rates,” the report continued. “The pushback will include directly calling out social media platforms and conservative news shows that promote such tactics.”
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But as Biden administration officials claim their objective is to de-politicize vaccinations and the ‘door-to-door’ initiative, the Democratic National Committee, meanwhile, is reportedly set “to engage fact-checkers more aggressively and work with SMS carriers to dispel misinformation about vaccines that is sent over social media and text messages,” Politico reported.
The initiative is supposedly necessary because of “people who may have difficulty getting a vaccination” due to “issues like transportation,” Politico added.
“We are steadfastly committed to keeping politics out of the effort to get every American vaccinated so that we can save lives and help our economy further recover,” White House spokesperson Kevin Munoz said this week. “When we see deliberate efforts to spread misinformation, we view that as an impediment to the country’s public health and will not shy away from calling that out.”
However, “misinformation” is not the same as “false information,” Fox News host Tucker Carlson noted during his opening monologue on Monday.
Noting that big tech sites like Facebook, Twitter and Google coordinated with federal health officials including lead immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci beginning in March 2020 to control information about the virus across their platforms, Carlson ripped the DNC’s ‘fact-checking’ of private text messages initiative as a similar attempt to push the administration’s vaccine narratives to the point of suppressing legitimate health concerns — especially among Americans who have had the virus and recovered from it — as well as any contradicting data.
In addition, Carlson disputed the need for a door-to-door campaign in the first place by noting that the vast majority of Americans already know where and how to get a vaccine if they want one, and that most who do have already gotten it.
“Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook emailed Tony Fauci and [the National Institutes of Health] to assure him that Facebook users would only see Tony Fauci’s approved guidance on COVID-19,” Carlson said, adding that Twitter and Google followed suit.
“In many cases, they censored information from frontline physicians that was both medically sound — it was ‘the science’ — and potentially life-saving. Posts about treatments, for example, were downplayed,” he said, adding that the tech giants “never apologized” for the suppression.
“Historians will assess” their behavior, Carlson said, before suggesting “they will likely record the early days of COVID-19 as a turning point in our society — an unprecedented assault on our most basic civil liberties that somehow very few people seemed to notice when it first started happening.”
After lamenting that “civil libertarians” and others dismissed the censorship as part of the “free market,” Carlson said Americans were nevertheless still free to discuss elements of the pandemic in private while being told their concerns were unfounded.
“We dutifully calmed down and went back to watching Netflix,” Carlson quipped.
“We shouldn’t have. Today we learned that the Biden administration considers censorship applicable to private speech as well,” he continued, referencing Politico’s report.
“The DNC plans to control and apparently has the ability to control the information you receive on your phone,” the host said, adding: “Nothing that questions official regime policy will reach you.”
In criticizing the plan, Carlson pointed out that “misinformation is not the same as false information, as factually inaccurate information.”
“Misinformation can be factually true. In fact, it very often is factually true, and that’s why they’re angry about it.”
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