(SNews) – Legal scholar Jonathan Turley set Joe Biden straight after the Democrat president publicly trashed Elon Musk’s running of his newly-acquired company Twitter.
While speaking at a fundraiser, Biden claimed that Twitter “spews lies all across the world.”
The comment from Biden was surprising considering he uses Twitter himself and was recently forced to delete a tweet after it was fact-checked and found to contain false information.
“Now what are we all worried about?” Biden said.
“Elon Musk goes out and buys an outfit that sends and spews lies all across the world.
“There’s no editors anymore. There’s no editors.
“How do we expect kids to be able to understand what is at stake?”
Enter Jonathan Turley who said:
“Elon Musk has not actually changed the ‘content moderation’ policies at Twitter yet, but President Joe Biden went on a virtual rave on Friday over the prospect of free speech breaking out on a single social media site.
“As a type of censor-in-chief, Biden has led calls for censorship on social media, which have been largely heeded by companies like Facebook and Twitter.
“Now Biden is accusing Twitter of “spewing lies all across the world” by seeking to reduce one of the largest censorship systems in history.
“The President lamented that the influence of the media will be ‘de minimus.’
“He is a bit late on that front.
“The President, however, was in full censor-in-chief mode this week, referring to censors as ‘editors.’
“He denounced Musk who ‘goes out and buys an outfit that spews lies all across the world.’
“He then claimed ‘There are no editors anymore. There are no editors anymore.’
“The President added ‘the ability of newspapers to have much impact is de minimis.’
“That last statement seemed to lament the loss of a close and active ally for the Democrats.
“Neutrality is anathema if you have largely been able to control political and social exchanges on social media.
“What the President said next. however, was particularly telling and chilling:
“How do people know the truth? What do they — how do they make — make a distinction between fact and fiction?
“There’s so much — so much going on. And we’re in the middle of this.”
“Indeed, perish the thought that citizens might be left to pursue the truth on their own without the government or surrogates in the media framing it for them.
“How could we possibly ‘know the truth’ without our social media overlords?
“This view of citizens are gullible dupes needing to be lead to the truth is a recurring theme among Democrats and media allies.
“It was the theme of a ‘Disinformation and the Erosion of Democracy’ conference at the University of Chicago with the leading Democratic leaders and media leaders in Chicago last year, including former President Barack Obama.
“The conference discussed how the views of the public could be shaped if government and media figures worked together to frame what is true and what is not.
“Former President Barack Obama flogged this false line at Stanford in April 2022.
“He started by declaring himself ‘pretty close to a First Amendment absolutist.’
“He then called for the censorship of anything he considered ‘disinformation,’ including ‘lies, conspiracy theories, junk science, quackery, racist tracts and misogynist screeds.’
“President Biden lamented the loss of a Twitter management that was openly antagonistic to traditional free speech values.
“Soon after he took over, former CEO Parag Agrawal pledged to regulate content and said the company would ‘focus less on thinking about free speech’ because ‘speech is easy on the Internet. Most people can speak. Where our role is particularly emphasized is who can be heard.’
“Like Biden, many are moving to try to deter Musk from allowing greater free speech by getting companies like General Motors to pull advertising revenue.
“It is part of the reason that some of us would support monthly fees,” he said.
The President was in full censor-in-chief mode this week, referring to censors as "editors." He asked without such censorship, “How do people know the truth?" https://t.co/l9xDHOEWea
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) November 5, 2022