The left loved the term “fake news.” Until it blew up in their smug faces. In recent months, it’s been open season on all things false narratives. Yet there’s still plenty of lies in the media. Go figure. Well, it appears Democrats have stepped forth to reclaim their fake news word-weapon. They want to go after those who may have played a hand in their definition of “disinformation.”
Political content on the internet, paid or not, should face substantial federal regulation to eliminate “disinformation,” and users of platforms and news feeds, from Facebook to Twitter to New York Times, could be punished for sharing “fake news” from those sites, the former Democratic chair of the FEC is urging.
Notice that, once again “disinformation” is never defined. Nor is who will determine what is and is not “disinformation.” Let’s carry on.
In a broad proposal that adds threatening libel suits to regulatory plans already pushed by Democrats on the Federal Election Commission, ex-chair Ann Ravel believes that there is support for expanded regulation … She would include “fake news” to be regulated, though it’s never defined other than the Democrat’s description of “disinformation.” And anybody who shares or retweets it could face a libel suit.
Giving the government such power poses an issue. For one, we know how much the left loves to regulate the living crap out of content they disagree with (see Whoa! Twitter Shuts Down Conservative Campaign Announcement Video). Nobody should have the power to sift through content and decide what is and isn’t allowed to exist. Hence we pull no punches when we criticized Trump for threatening to yank NBC’s media license.
Also notice how Ann Ravel and friends conveniently leave the meaning behind “disinformation” rather ambiguous. Methinks it may be more along the lines of news they don’t like or news which is inconvenient to their narrative. If we’re going after fake news, liberals themselves are frequent offenders (see BUSTED! Georgia Court Rules CNN Guilty of Pushing ‘Fake News’ and Even Liberal MSNBC Slams BuzzFeed: ‘You Just Published Fake News!’). We’ve got a sneaking suspicion these organizations wouldn’t be so heavily targeted, despite their dabbling in news fakery. Call us paranoid.
Yes, fake news is a problem, but government overregulation isn’t the answer. Try again.