“How Do People Know the Truth?”: Biden Unleashes Tirade Over Musk Restoring Free Speech Protections on Twitter

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.

President Biden has previously accused social media companies of “killing people” by refusing to impose robust censorship over a wide range of subjects. Many of those banned or censored were doctors with opposing views on the data and the science related to the pandemic.

Some of those doctors were the co-authors of the Great Barrington Declaration, which advocated for a more focused Covid response that targeted the most vulnerable population rather than widespread lockdowns and mandates. Many are now questioning the efficacy and cost of the massive lockdown as well as the real value of masks or the rejection of natural immunities as an alternative to vaccination.  Yet, these experts and others were attacked for such views just a year ago. Some found themselves censored on social media for challenging claims of Dr. Fauci and others.

The Great Barrington Declaration was not the only viewpoint deemed dangerous. Those who alleged that the virus may have begun in a lab in China were widely denounced and the views barred from being uttered on social media platforms. It was later learned that a number of leading experts raised this theory with Fauci and others early in the pandemic.

We are now seeing increasing evidence of back channels used by government and political figures to maintain a censorship system by surrogate in the social media companies and foreign allies.

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 if it meant the support of a true free speech alternative to other companies like Facebook.

96 thoughts on ““How Do People Know the Truth?”: Biden Unleashes Tirade Over Musk Restoring Free Speech Protections on Twitter”

  1. Regardless of the wonderful Great Barrington Declaration, many knew that the Sars-CoV2 virus could be defeated by minimizing morbidities and using zinc and Vitamin D3. It soon became obvious (or at least likely) that Hydroxychloroquine or ivermectin, administered prior to the Cytokine storm stage, would protect 97 to 99% of the population under 70 years of age. But the Authorities said no treatment was available, or use (useless) Resveratrol when admitted to the hospital, where because the standard of care was so poor they would likely kill you.
    It has been (reasonably, I feel) estimated that nearly 1,000,000 Americans died unnecessarily due to Big Pharma (and the government’s) misinformation spread to maintain control and profits.
    All hell will break loose when it becomes obvious that the EUA was invalid (other cures WERE available) and fraud during the Pfizer trials nullifies the PREP Act protecting the miscreants from financial liability for the damage they have done.

  2. NOTHING has changed re: the Twitter filters yet.. Musk has not worked his way down thru the IT programmers who control that. Right now Conservative and even Moderate content is blocked, deleted or manipulated (held up, re-routed, etc.) Ditto for followers/following choices….I can attest to this first-hand… The few Conservatives still on Twitter after Hundreds of Thousands were either kicked off or left after Trump left can attest to the Filters still in place on many levels. So it is completely BOGUS that there is new or an increase in allegedly Right-wing hate language. The hate language that is pervasively still there is 99.9% coming from The Left. I could write a rather long report re: the details to Musk.. perhaps I shall to help him out,.

  3. “[WE GAVE YOU] A [RESTRICTED-VOTE] REPUBLIC”
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    “’How Do People Know the Truth?’: Biden Unleashes Tirade Over Musk Restoring Free Speech Protections on Twitter”

    – Professor Turley
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    If America allows idiots to vote, America will end up with an idiot as president.

    If America allows persons of indigent fortunes to vote, America will become a nation of indigent fortunes.

    If America allows persons under the immediate dominion of others to vote, America will come under the immediate dominion of other nations.

    If America allows persons in a mean situation to vote, America will end up in a mean situation.

    If America allows men who have no will of their own to vote, America will become a nation that has no will of its own.
    ____________________________________________________________________________________________

    “The true reason (says Blackstone) of requiring any qualification, with regard to property in voters, is to exclude such persons, as are in so mean a situation, that they are esteemed to have no will of their own.”

    “If it were probable that every man would give his vote freely, and without influence of any kind, then, upon the true theory and genuine principles of liberty, every member of the community, however poor, should have a vote… But since that can hardly be expected, in persons of indigent fortunes, or such as are under the immediate dominion of others, all popular states have been obliged to establish certain qualifications, whereby, some who are suspected to have no will of their own, are excluded from voting; in order to set other individuals, whose wills may be supposed independent, more thoroughly upon a level with each other.”

    – Alexander Hamilton, The Farmer Refuted, 1775
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    “the people are nothing but a great beast…

    I have learned to hold popular opinion of no value.”

    – Alexander Hamilton

  4. “’How Do People Know the Truth?’: Biden Unleashes Tirade Over Musk Restoring Free Speech Protections on Twitter”

    – Professor Turley
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    “That dudn’t make any sense.”

    – George W. Bush

  5. no surprise here, but the extent to which Joseph Biden/DNC, George Soros (New Venture Fund / Arabella Legacy Fund) and Hillary Clinton (Onward Together) cravenly manipulate Americans…chilling. Fidel Castro would be envious for their doing from within what he failed to do 90 miles from the US. Marxism is here.

    Twitter advertiser boycott organized by dark money Soros, Clinton, and foreign networks

    An advocacy group formed in 2020 called Accountable Tech is organizing the pressure campaign, which has thus far succeeded in having the likes of Pfizer, Audi, General Mills, and other corporations pull their advertising expenditures from the platform.
    https://dossier.substack.com/p/twitter-advertiser-boycott-organized

    Accountable Tech joined more than 25 groups to deliver the below message in a letter to Twitter’s top advertisers to demand nonnegotiable requirements for their ad business in the midst of Elon Musk’s acquisition
    accountabletech.org/campaign/letter-to-twitter-advertisers/

    Who is Accountable Tech:
    https://www.influencewatch.org/non-profit/accountable-tech/

  6. Two thoughts:
    (1) Professor Turley mentions Obama’s involvement in the “Disinformation and the Erosion of Democracy” conference at the University of Chicago “with the leading Democratic leaders and media leaders in Chicago last year.” Turley notes, “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.” (“what is true and what is not” has little, if anything, to do with prohibited violent, obscene, etc. messaging, but rather, “disinformation, lies, conspiracies,” etc. Biden, Clinton, Pelosi have done same/similar, i.e., private meetings with social media platforms, etc.
    In addition to the revealing intention of “how the views of the public could be shaped if government and media figures worked together,” methinks this might also raise the legal question of media platforms operating as de facto (not de jure) “state actors” .

    (2) I also am of the opinion that the sudden explosion of obscene and racist speech on Twitter (immediately attributed to “far-right” actors by NPR and ABC) is a concerted effort by likely left-wing actors to bring about the overall failure of Twitter and cause revenue collapse and corporate “jump ship” domino effect. I do NOT believe it is simply an exploratory effort by random people to see how far Twitter will go in allowing speech.

  7. We are One nation under God. Democrats want to take God out of everything. We cannot have any ‘God-given rights’ if they take God out of everything, and then destroy our God given rights and protections.

    Vote Republican on Election Day, then pray for the Democrat party that has been taken over by radical leftism and hatred. They are utterly lost.

  8. “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?”

    Hear! Hear!

  9. A politician accusing someone else of spreading lies–it would be laughable if it wasn’t so pathetic.

    1. You are always trying to conflate and confuse. We have vary narrow carve outs for slander/libel and credible calls for violence…that’s it. There’s nothing about one person speaking at a time. You are a malicious, pernicious individual. Tell me again how gas prices are low.

  10. Democrats Have Been Shameless About Your Presidential Vote Too
    After the 2000, 2004 and 2016 elections, they objected to counting electoral totals.
    – New York Times
    Jan. 6, 2021

    🎶 Honesty is such a lonely word
    Everyone is so untrue
    Honesty is hardly ever heard
    And mostly what I need from you 🎶

  11. Biden is an evil man. Democrat party is an evil party.
    The more Americans see their cleverly disguised evil the better for the country and the world

  12. Shut up Joe Biden. The only truth We the People need remember is this: The government should FEAR the people, NOT the other way around.

    1. Hell, they Sandy Hook parents & their lawyers are trying to pin an additional 2.75 TRILLON on Alex Jone/Infowars for just reporting & commenting the Sandy Hook doper that went nuts.

      So I can’t help but wonder what some of these real torts might end up being.

  13. Dear Prof Turley,

    What I’m about to tell you is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so take it with a grain of salt. President Biden has some rather pronounced degenerative cognitive deficiencies , plus he’s crazy as a loon. And always has been.

    Literally, I wouldn’t let him drive my car, or walk my cat. Would you?

    Otoh, I am concerned, e.g., only 22 rabid Trump monkey apostles have opposed funding the war with Russia [in Ukraine]. I am anxiously concerned all members of Congress/Americans even realize the U.S. is at war with Russia? The horrendous destruction and enormous energy wasted in that conflict cannot end too soon at this point. .. (pro tip Biden Handlers: end the war in Ukraine, inflation will dissipate almost overnight and he will be re-elected in a landslide with his whole life ahead of him.)

    I have never seen the degree of gov./media manipulation, distortion, lies and damned lies about a matter of such critical and monumental importance in my lifetime. It’s like a solar eclipse – they’ve blocked out the sun, dark moon rising. To the extent Twitter can help foster open, rational and authoritative argument about it the better. I’ll believe it when I see it. .. Musk has his work cut out for him.

    *after all .. . ‘it is only from the clash of differing opinion that the spark of truth may be realized.’

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    Dear Liberals, How Many Of These MSM Hoaxes Did You Fall For?
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    by Tyler Durden
    Friday, Nov 04, 2022 – 09:00 PM

    How many recent mainstream media hoaxes did you fall for? … and/or still believe?

    Russian collusion

    Trump called neo-nazis “fine people”

    Jussie Smollett

    Bubba Wallace garage pull

    Covington kids

    Governor Whitmer kidnapping plot

    Kavanaugh rape

    Trump pee tape

    COVID lab leak was a conspiracy theory

    Border agents whipped migrants

    Trump saved nuclear secrets at Mar-a-Lago

    Steele Dossier

    Russian bounties on US soldiers in Afghanistan

    Trump said drinking bleach would fight COVID

    Muslim travel ban

    Hunter Biden’s laptop was Russian disinformation

    Andrew Cuomo best COVID leadership

    Trump built cages for migrant kids

    “Austere religious scholar”

    Trump overfed Koi fish in Japan

    Build Back Better will pay for itself

    Trump tax cuts benefited only the rich

    Cloth masks prevent COVID

    If you get vaccinated you won’t catch COVID

    SUV killed parade marchers

    Trump used teargas to clear a crowd for a bible photo

    “Don’t Say Gay” was in a bill

    Putin price hike

    Ivermectin is a horse dewormer and not for humans

    “Mostly peaceful” protests

    Trump overpowered secret service for wheel of “The Beast”

    Officer Sicknick was murdered by protesters

    January 6th was an insurrection

    BYU students hurled racist insults at Duke volleyball player

    And don’t forget “democracy is under threat…”

    https://assets.zerohedge.com/s3fs-public/styles/inline_image_mobile/public/inline-images/198047_image.jpg?itok=X8TpHiu7

    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/dear-liberals-how-many-these-msm-hoaxes-did-you-fall

  15. Here in Doublestandarstan the left demands the right to censor speech under their right of free speech???? They howl that Twitter is now NOT censoring things like the Laptop story and yet some say it isn’t 1984.

    Biden is the most poisonous president in my lifetime, cold, mean, and nasty.

    1. “Biden is the most poisonous president in my lifetime, cold, mean, and nasty.”

      You are being nice to him because of his age and mental condition.

    2. @hullbobby

      I would argue personally that Biden isn’t actually in charge of anything and is just a body representing ‘the party’, which ironically was bought and paid for by a very rich dude from Hungary. That fact alone should make people suspect, and yet. . . .

      Modern dems place exactly zero value on our Constitution, our rule of law within that framework, even what it means to be an *immigrant* in the most successful country and system on earth, for hundreds of years. Like that Hungarian rich dude. The modern Democratic party is American like Kim Jong-Un or Mao or Stalin are/were American. The majority are beginning to see this fact.

  16. At the urging of Leftist agitators, companies such as GM, Audi, Pfizer, General Mills, Volkswagen (among others) are boycotting Twitter.

    Fine. Then boycott those companies. Someone start a campaign: “I stand with Twitter.”

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