The first ethics take-away from President Biden’s attack on Facebook for “vaccine disinformation” is that the Left’s totalitarian tendencies and embrace of censorship become more obvious and less hidden every day.
The second ethics take-away is that Joe Biden, of all people, has a lot of gall complaining about social media disinformation when he is in the White House in large part because of it.
The third is that the entire Wuhan Virus Ethics Train Wreck has been dominated by outright propaganda and intentional manipulation of public opinion by the news media, federal agencies, medical organizations and “experts,” and Democrats are particularly ethically estopped from complaining about the same process that they have been employing for more than five years to their advantage.
As he boarded Marine One for a weekend at the ol’ Presidential hide-out at Camp David in Maryland, President Biden was asked what his message was to social media platforms regarding vaccine disinformation.
“They’re killing people,” he said. “Look, the only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated, and that — and they’re killing people.”
“Killing people” is the go-to ends justify the means excuse for government censorship, or, as we have recently witnessed, private corporations engaging in censorship as agents of the government. Progressives want to censor climate change skeptics because their “disinformation” is “killing people,” or will. They conspired to censor President Trump because—let’s see if I can get this right now—one of the idiots that mobbed the Capitol was mysteriously killed by a cop, and the government and media spread disinformation about another Capitol police officer being killed when he wasn’t, so Trump’s assertion that the election was “stolen” from him “killed people.” Do I have that right? I think so.
And law professors reading the the word “nigger” while quoting a U.S. Supreme Court opinion should be censored because that word kills people by advancing systemic racism, like when George Floyd was accidentally killed by a cop in an incident that has never been linked to racism at all. Makes perfect sense.
Anyone can play that game, and anyone is and has, but the Left has mastered the process. I’ve seen 100% false allegations about Donald Trump repeated and “liked” on Facebook for years. Many of these examples of “disinformation” came right out of the mainstream media. Facebook joined the suppression of the Hunter Biden scandal by banning news reports that we now know were true. Killing people? Does killing fair elections and democracy count?
We know that the lockdown killed people, and the lockdown became (and remained) largely politically unavoidable because the news media and social media hyped the dangers of the Wuhan Virus. The New York Times looked for the most atypical examples of pandemic deaths to highlight in their “Those We’ve Lost” weekly scarefest. Forty year-olds in good health. Teenagers. Or, when they couldn’t find enough of those, the Times wrote weepy obits of seniors whose deaths were only counted as pandemic casualties because of the deliberately misleading policy of the CDC: if you died with the virus, the virus killed you, and never mind your cancer, diabetes, rabies or the gushing wound in your neck.
Now the conservative news media is playing the same despicable game: every time a 14-year-old drops dead after a weird reaction to a Wuhan virus vaccine, it’s a headline. How is that misleading technique any different from how the New York Times helped scare the public into accepting mask mandates and allowing their cities, business, children’s education, culture and futures to be savaged? It isn’t different. What is different is that Joe thinks that was good disinformation, while the irresponsible propaganda undermining public faith in the vaccine is bad disinformation.
This isn’t an “Everybody Does it” rationalization for spreading rumors, lies, half-truths and dubious opinions.
This is an “Everybody gets to do it, not just progressives and aspiring totalitarians like the 2021 Democratic Party and its enablers, because freedom of speech is the foundation of our nation and the personal liberties it was created to protect” fact.