Former President Barack Obama’s Twitter post criticizing “disinformation” severely backfired, triggering widespread mockery from all sides.
Obama’s Wednesday post promoting a speech for his foundation about “the very real threat” of online “disinformation.”
However, in light of the Democrats and their allies in Big Tech and the media trying to cover up the Hunter Biden scandal with false claims it was “Russian disinformation,” the post didn’t go down too well with anyone.
“Tomorrow, I’m heading to Stanford to deliver a speech about changes in the way we create and consume information, and the very real threat it poses to democracy,” Obama tweeted.
“I’ve been reading up on this issue, sitting down with academics, researchers, industry leaders, and former regulators, and listening to young leaders who are working to make progress.
“I wanted to share some of what I’ve read that offers useful context, solutions we can learn from, and interesting perspectives.
“Check it out, and then tune in to the speech on Thursday at 12:15 pm PT.
“In recent years, we’ve seen how quickly disinformation spreads, especially on social media.
“This has created real challenges for our democracy.
“Part of the reason it’s hard to bring about change is because we live in a media environment that elevates falsehoods as much as truths, and divides people as much as it brings them together.
“Through the @ObamaFoundation, we’re working to empower and equip emerging leaders to tackle issues like the spread of disinformation.”
In recent years, we've seen how quickly disinformation spreads, especially on social media. This has created real challenges for our democracy.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 19, 2022
I wanted to share some of what I've read that offers useful context, solutions we can learn from, and interesting perspectives. Check it out, and then tune in to the speech on Thursday at 12:15pm PT. https://t.co/gjOgVuqIwF
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 20, 2022
Independent conservative journalist Jordan Schachtel said Obama’s post was “More dystopian clown world genre.”
Liberal reporter Glenn Greenwald simply posted a picture of Hunter Biden and an article that called into question the laptop story.
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 20, 2022
Conservative radio host Austin Petersen joked: “I’m sure there’s no way this will ever be abused and turn into a professional leftist activist organization meant to deplatform conservatives and libertarians.”
Real Clear Investigations Editor Benjamin Weingarten said: “Speaking of, what did you know about Russiagate, when did you know it, and what did you do about it?”
Former National Security Agency analyst John Schindler said: “Why did you order the shutdown of the only office in the entire US Government that was devoted to combating and debunking Russian disinformation — one year *before* Trump’s election?”
Dilbert creator Scott Adams said: “I have questions. Does anyone involved in this foundation think it is legitimate?
“Do they know they are a propaganda tool by design?
“Do they believe their preferred news sources are real?”