MARVEL yet again at a Liberal Party that strips away your liberty more than Russia or China ever will. The Morrison government – which slept through the worst assault on law and order since the Rum Rebellion – has decided to establish a Misinformation and Disinformation Action Group that will “collaborate” with private companies to vet what you read or publish. While Communications Minister Paul Fletcher cited no examples of “harmful or misleading content” to be outlawed, Nine’s Zoe Samios mentions two topics that could be subjected to what he describes – Xi-style – as “news quality measures.” The minister’s announcement follows a report by ACMA that supposedly found 82 per cent of Australians had “experienced misinformation about covid-19 in the past 18 months and as the world’s most powerful tech companies try to combat the deluge of misinformation and disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic and the war in Ukraine.”
The same companies that banned the Hunter Biden/Big Guy scandal during a Presidential election and which ban users identifying men and women by their sex – amongst too many other crimes to enumerate here – are ‘trying to’ combat a ‘deluge’ of misinformation, are they? The governments of Australia which lied about the real threat of coronavirus, lied about the necessity of lockdowns, lied about the efficacy of masks, lied about causes of death and hospitalisation, lied about ‘vaccine’ side effects, lied about transmissibility in the ‘unvaccinated’, lied about their own criminal negligence in nursing ‘homes’, lied about the risk to children – amongst too many other black lies to list – they’re going to decide what misinformation is, are they?
As for Ukraine, not since World War One has media coverage of a conflict been so piously curated. So preposterously exaggerated are claims of Russian ineptitude and Ukrainian invincibility that Mr Zelenskyy and his government are being incited to turn their country into a neo-con Somme rather than come to sensible terms or disappoint Lindsey Graham. Virtually all of the truly marquee tales of Ukrainian doughtiness – handily packaged for Western front pages every 24 hours – have been either false or embellished. Shutting down Russia’s equally questionable version of events has done nothing but encourage Ukrainian officials to lie under an iron dome of impunity. Worse, the chasm between Ukraine’s media victory and its ever-degrading military campaign is being filled with dead bodies. The state/media/Big Tech triumvirate’s censorship of the Russo-Ukrainian conflict and the Laptop From Hell proves that only an open market for news and views can protect what remains of civilisation. It is a strange truth of contemporary political discourse that the more Western leaders denounce the monsters of Eurasian authoritarianism, the more they imitate them.