The Biden administration has come under fire this week for its questionable approach to addressing alleged “misinformation” about the COVID-19 pandemic and the vaccine. During a tense exchange of views between White House press secretary Jen Psaki and Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy, he appeared to admit that the administration is following up on people they think are spreading. false information about the pandemic on social media.
Political commentator and anchor for Fox News’ “Without filter”Dan Bongino managed the issue on Friday, warning that the First Amendment is under attack by Democrats. He indicated that the federal government maintains a list of people who publish opinions and information about COVID-19 that it considers false. He also noted that the administration seeks to “delegate” social media companies like Facebook and Twitter to filter out perspectives with which it disagrees.
Bongino responded to the confrontation between Psaki and Doocy, arguing that it shows that the situation with the First Amendment is “deadly grave.”
“There is no secret list. I will tell you that these are people who share information on public platforms on Facebook, ”said Psaki during the exchange.
“So there is a list,” said host Pete Hegseth.
Bongino responded, stating that “here we have crossed a red line” and that “the Bill of Rights tells you what the government cannot do to you.”
“So what the government cannot do is infringe on their freedom of expression, except in very limited circumstances. Pete, what they can’t do either is, if they want to crush your freedom of speech because they don’t like your opinion on the vaccine or your opinion on the COVID closures, they can’t delegate to another and say go love and serve and I can’t do (sic) “.
The host and former Secret Service agent said there are “no guarantees” that the nascent collaboration between the Biden administration and social media companies will not intensify further as the next midterm elections approach. Furthermore, Bongino insisted that this issue is more critical than other issues such as public spending or tax reform:
“This is the most important political issue of our time: literally, the ability to speak in the public square. What’s the point of discussing tax rates if you can’t argue because you’ve been kicked out of the new social media out of the public square? If you are not running in this election of 2022 and 2024 as your number one issue, step out of the stage to the left. “
Bongino is assessing the situation accurately. President Joe Biden and his merry band of Democrats in Congress are taking aim at free speech online. While big tech has already shown that it is willing to suppress conservative perspectives, it appears that its censorship practices are not censorious enough for the taste of Democrats.
Psaki already let the proverbial cat out of the bag when he admitted that the Biden administration is “in regular contact with social media platforms” about the alleged “misinformation” that is rampant online. Combine this with the revelation that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) plans to pressure certain companies to censor text messages containing inaccurate information about the coronavirus, and it’s easy to see that the left has no problem threatening the freedom of expression.
Bongino’s claim that this issue is far more important than the others facing the nation is also on point, given that the left is engaged in a concerted effort to make it difficult for conservatives to effectively communicate their views and ideas. We’ve already seen leftists running companies like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and others speed up right-wing messaging on their platforms.
But with the government pressuring these companies to carry more censorship, the situation has become more dire. If conservatives do not focus on this issue with a laser-like approach, they run the risk of having their freedom of speech reduced more than it already is.