(Video: Fox News)
Former President Barack Obama has been making the rounds addressing concerns of so-called “disinformation,” and his latest remarks have Fox News host Tucker Carlson arguing the former leader of the free world may have outed himself as “not liberal at all,” but rather as “a full-blown fascist.”
On Friday’s episode of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” the host brought up a recent address that Obama had given at Stanford University’s Cyber Policy Center. During an event, hosted in part by the Obama Foundation, the president gave a keynote address on “Challenges to Democracy in the Digital Information Realm.”
“Barack Obama gave a big speech at Stanford yesterday on ‘disinformation,'” Carlson began the segment. “Now, like the Atlantic magazine’s conference on disinformation at the University of Chicago,” which Obama had also attended, “the conference was all about promoting disinformation, but because self-awareness has been banned, nobody noticed. Obama argued that only his political opponents lie and they must be stopped immediately.”
“People like [Russian President Vladimir] Putin, and Steve Bannon for that matter, understand it’s not necessary for people to believe this information in order to weaken democratic institutions,” the former president is heard saying in an excerpt of his speech. “You just have to flood a country’s public square with enough raw sewage, you just have to raise enough questions, spread enough dirt, plant enough conspiracy theorizing, that citizens no longer know what to believe.”
“Oh, so people who disagree with Barack Obama aren’t just saying things that are wrong,” Carlson raised his voice in feigned rage to emphasize, “they’re flooding raw sewage into our country. So this guy is not just liberal, in fact, he’s not liberal at all, he’s a full-blown fascist who hates you and wants to keep you from talking, or else.”
He went on to mock the former president’s slogan of “Hope and Change” and those who voted for those fake ideals before pointing out what Obama has always been after: “He wants censorship of anyone who disagrees with him, and now he just comes out and says it.”
The next clip demonstrated just that with Obama saying, “While content moderation can limit the distribution of clearly dangerous content, it doesn’t go far enough. Users who want to spread disinformation have become experts at pushing right up to the line of what, at least published, company policies allow. And at those margins, social media platforms tend not to wanna do anything, not just because they don’t want to be accused of censorship, because they still have a financial incentive to keep as many users engaged as possible.”
The former president isn’t the only one who has come under fire for this rank hypocrisy while supposedly decrying “disinformation.” CNN’s Brian Stelter, who, like Obama, was at the University of Chicago’s “Disinformation and the Erosion of Democracy” conference was called out by a freshman journalist for spreading falsehoods on his network.
After being asked by the Chicago Thinker’s Christopher Phillips about how mainstream media, and especially CNN, make mistakes that favor Democrats and if the public is “expected to believe that this is all just some sort of random coincidence or is there something else behind it,” Stelter deflected.
“Too bad, time for lunch,” he attempted to joke before ignoring the claims and accusing rival network Fox News of doing what Phillips accused CNN of. This behavior which continues to be demonstrated by those on the left, especially as ownership of Twitter continues to be challenged in a way that may stop censorship on the platform, left Carlson to conclude there is only one outcome the president and his allies are after.
“So, me and my friends at the Aspen Institute need to be in complete control of every word uttered or else it’s not democracy. That’s the case he’s making. That’s the case they’re all making,” he said.
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