Aspen Institute's Orwellian Commission On Controlling Speech In America

Article author: 
Jonathan Turley
Article publisher: 
ZeroHedge
Article date: 
November 21, 2021
Article category: 
Colorado News
Medium
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The Aspen Institute has issued the results of its much heralded 16-person Commission on Information Disorder on how to protect the public from misinformation. The commission on disinformation and “building trust” was partially headed by Katie Couric who is still struggling with her own admission that she edited an interview to remove controversial statements by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg....

The findings and recommendations are found in an 80-page report on how to combat “disinformation” and “misinformation,” which are remarkably ill-defined but treated as a matter of “we know when we see it.”...

The Commission also includes Prince Harry who has referred to free speech protections under the First Amendment as “bonkers.”...

The Commission also appears to endorse the movement against “objectivity” and “both sideism” in the media...

However, the most chilling aspect of the report is the obvious invitation for greater forms of censorship. It calls for the government to become involved in combatting misinformation, the scourge of free speech and an invitation for state controls over speech. Ironically, there is no need for such direct government involvement when social media companies are acting as the equivalent of a state media in the censorship of public debates.

The import of the recommendations are abundantly clear...

In the end, the Commission dismisses the classic defense of free speech while calling for greater regulation of speech to address “deep-rooted problems in American society.” However, the deepest rooted problems in our society include the denial of free speech....