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Government Disinformation Board done before it started

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Disinformation is dangerous. It encourages and helps people believe things that are not true. Like Russia’s President telling his people that Ukraine would welcome them and that the war is going well. Or former President Trump telling his supporters the election was stolen. We see it everywhere these days. But it isn’t so easy to spot anymore. It used to be reserved for magazines like National Enquirer at the checkout line. We knew those stories weren’t true. An alien didn’t really abduct Elvis who is somehow still alive in Kalamazoo, Michigan. But today there is disinformation everywhere, particularly online. It can look real, and be easily believable. That doesn’t make it true. It is important that people have the truth, particularly in times of crisis. That is in part why the federal government formed what it called a Disinformation Board, an arm of the Homeland Security Agency, to help the American people learn what is true and what isn’t. It was bound for failure and was scrapped within three weeks. It sounded too much like the Ministry of Truth, or some online speech police force. We probably don’t want the government telling us what is true, especially from the Disinformation Board. But disinformation remains a geopolitical threat. It makes us weaker as a country.  If we can’t tell truth from fiction, or feel we can’t trust anything anyone says, then disinformation has already done its job.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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2 Comments

  1. Richard Lepsch

    June 8, 2022 at 6:07 am

    Glad it did not happen, all we would have gotten is democrat misinformation.

  2. Charlene K Joyce

    June 8, 2022 at 11:50 am

    Yes, all we would have gotten is more government lies. Isn’t it enough we have to endure the lies from the mainstream media and the “social media” companies? We cannot even trust the government or it’s organizations to follow their own rules and the laws on the books.

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