NYT WHINES Alternative Social Media Platforms Allow Free Speech Pre-Midterms

October 25th, 2022 10:14 AM

The New York Times complained that alternative social media platforms are making so-called “disinformation” more “widespread” before the midterms. 

Ironically, The Times cited the former head of the Disinformation Governance Board to support its claims. Social media “is not doing enough” to censor Americans, according to The Times.

The leftist New York Times cited self-described “Mary Poppins of disinformation” and former head of the now-shuttered Department of Homeland Security’s Disinformation Governance Board (DGB) Nina Jankowicz to condemn alternative social media and free speech. 

“I think the problem is worse than it’s ever been, frankly,” The Times quoted Jankowicz, noting that Jankowicz resigned from the DGB following backlash. 

The Times specifically scare-mongered about the need to quash “disinformation” in the lead-up to the Nov. 8 midterm elections, despite evidence that censorship of the Hunter Biden laptop story by Big Media and Big Tech helped steal the election for then-presidential candidate Joe Biden in 2020, according to a Media Research Center survey conducted by McLaughlin & Associates. The Times specifically defended Biden and openly slammed Republicans in its piece.

“Voters must now sift through not only an ever-growing torrent of lies and falsehoods” as well as “conspiracy theories percolating in right-wing media,” The Times claimed. 

The outlet, citing leftist, biased NewsGuard to back up its claims, added that “purveyors of disinformation have also become increasingly sophisticated at sidestepping the major platforms’ rules.” MRC Free Speech America research showed that NewsGuard’s ratings skewed in favor of left-leaning outlets, the firm rating those outlets as having substantially more “credibility” on average than right-leaning outlets.

At least 69 million people have joined pro-free speech platforms including GETTR, Gab, Rumble, Parler and Truth Social, The Times wrote, whining that individuals banned on platforms like “Twitter or Facebook” can still post on those platforms. Messages shared on these platforms are often posted on the more major Big Tech platforms as screenshots, the outlet fretted.

The Times also screeched about a message former President Donald Trump shared on his Truth Social platform citing evidence that he claimed showed he won the 2020 presidential vote in Wisconsin, before voter fraud. The outlet did not quote from the message itself, but it whined that thousands of people read it.

“Mr. Trump’s baseless claim pulsed through the public consciousness anyway,” the outlet moaned. “It jumped from his app to other social media platforms — not to mention podcasts, talk radio or television.” 

Over a million people saw Trump’s message, The Times complained. This is the perfect example of how “disinformation has metastasized” and become “arguably more pervasive and widespread,” the outlet alleged.

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