February 8, 2021

Biden asked to Appoint 'Reality Czar' for Media Censorship

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By: Amy Jo Underwood

In Brief:

A New York Times essay suggested that President Biden appoint a “reality czar” to handle disinformation and “domestic extremism.” Harvard and Stanford researchers recommended that Biden crack down on potential violence by not only establishing an office to regulate information, but also establishing a “truth commission” to investigate the planning and execution of the Capitol riot. 

The Background:

The New York Times published an article that recommended President Biden appoint a “reality czar” to “tackle disinformation.” The call for regulating free speech on the internet accelerated following the incident at the Capitol in January. According to Kevin Roose, author of the New York Times piece, there has been a lack of unity in responses from various government agencies. Appointing a “reality czar” would supposedly solve this issue. According to Stanford researcher Renee DiResta, a “centralized task force could coordinate a single, strategic response.”  Joan Donovan, of Harvard University, stated that there should be a “truth commission” to investigate how the Capitol riot was planned.  

The talk of a “reality czar” follows several weeks of increased censorship of conservatives on social media, as well as calls from leftists to label conservatives as “domestic terrorists,” create lists of Trump supporters, and place them under restrictions (such as no-fly lists). 

Notable Quotes:

“Several experts I spoke with recommended that the Biden administration put together a cross-agency task force to tackle disinformation and domestic extremism, which would be led by something like a ‘reality czar.’ It sounds a little dystopian, I’ll grant. But let’s hear them out.” - Kevin Roose, New York Times

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