(RepublicanInformer.com)- This past week, the Biden administration decided to blunder into the Joe Rogan/Spotify controversy, with both the Surgeon General and press secretary Jen Psaki urging that more be done to stop so-called “misinformation.”
Last week on MSNBC, host Mika Brzezinski invited Biden’s Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy to weigh in on the Rogan controversy.
She asked Murthy what he thought were the best ways to “push back” on COVID “misinformation” that Mika thinks is being “aggressively pushed” not just on Joe Rogan’s podcast, but “all over Facebook.”
On a side note, you can tell Mika hasn’t watched a single minute of Rogan’s podcast if she believes he “aggressively” pushes “misinformation.” But no matter, Murthy was more than happy to weigh in (even though he probably never watched a second of Rogan’s podcast either).
Murthy said having the best science and expertise available won’t help if people “don’t have access to accurate information.” While he conceded that people have the right to make their own decisions, he said they also “have the right to have accurate information to make that decision with.”
And apparently, the way Murthy thinks this is done is by making sure the government uses “the power that we have to limit the spread of misinformation.”
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) January 25, 2022
Problem is, Vivek, the government doesn’t have that power.
The First Amendment expressly prohibits the government to infringe on the free speech of the people.
But Murthy isn’t the only administration official who wants more to be done to stop so-called “misinformation.”
After Spotify announced this week that it would be adding a disclaimer to podcasts that discuss COVID and providing a link to a virus information page, press secretary Jen Psaki applauded the move, but added “there’s more that can be done.”
Psaki called Spotify’s disclaimer “a positive step,” but added that the White House wants every platform to do more to “call out mis- and disinformation while also uplifting accurate information.”
Again, that’s not the government’s job.
Psaki on @joerogan and "misinformation" on Spotify:
"Our hope is that all major tech platforms and all major news sources for that matter be responsible and be vigilant…we want every platform to continue doing more…" pic.twitter.com/W3JtHZcicx
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) February 1, 2022
Wednesday night during his opening monologue, Fox News host Tucker Carlson hammered the White House for wading into the Rogan controversy, arguing that “you aren’t allowed to use government power to shut down the people who disagree with you.”
Tucker concluded his monologue by noting that it is weak people who demand censorship.
Watch Tucker’s monologue HERE.