Our New Ministry of Truth
It almost seems like a scorched Earth policy to me, some of what President Obama is doing to finish of his term of office. Zero Hedge brings news of a recent bill that will help the U.S. government shut down on web sites, or any other source of what they feel is fake news.
I find this very troubling as it seems imperative we have access to all sources of information, up to and including the Kremlin's Russia Today, which is likely to provide us information our government, and thus mainstream media, won't:
"Long before the "fake news" meme became a daily topic of extensive conversation on such discredited mainstream portals as CNN and WaPo, H.R. 5181 would task the Secretary of State with coordinating the Secretary of Defense, the Director of National Intelligence, and the Broadcasting Board of Governors to “establish a Center for Information Analysis and Response,” which will pinpoint sources of disinformation, analyze data, and — in true dystopic manner — ‘develop and disseminate’ “fact-based narratives” to counter effrontery propaganda.
Fast forward to December 8, when the "Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act" passed in the Senate, quietly inserted inside the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Report.
And now, following Friday's Obama signing of the NDAA on Friday evening, the Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act is now law."
Who will they come after first? You can bet Zero Hedge, which posted this story, will be one of government's targets.