The Ministry of Information is hard at work.
The adoption of the term disinformation has inevitably meant the media targeting anyone to the Left of its politics with an eye to achieving targeted political outcomes. That’s bad enough especially when pipelined to Big Tech for censorship, but government involvement in disinformation is simply state censorship.
Even when it operates at one remove.
Like having NPR get into the game.
NPR has announced that it’s got a disinformation reporting team on the case.
Lisa Hagen joins NPR from member station WABE in Atlanta. Her first day is July 18th. Working with NPR’s investigations team, Lisa reported and co-hosted the No Compromise podcast about the most radical wing of the gun rights movement. That series won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for audio reporting. Her reporting illuminates and helps humanize the unfamiliar, which should come in useful on the disinformation beat. She’s fascinated by how we arrive at our beliefs and navigate who to trust in these strange times.
I’m fascinated about the intersection between state censorship and the media. NPR is a great example.
Presently, NPR receives funding for less than 1% of its budget directly from the federal government, but receives almost 10% of its budget from federal, state, and local governments indirectly.
Which essentially amounts to taxpayers being forced to fund leftist political agendas, but now also disinformation labels being applied by a state funded media entity.
How many of these steps do we take before we’re officially Communist China?