(Liberty Bell) – The Obama Foundation held an event on Thursday where they discussed the hottest topic in the world right now, “disinformation,” and featured an organization that allegedly has ties to spreading disinformation, along with a historian who has been heavily criticized by many individuals in her field. By the way, for those who might not know, anytime you hear the left refer to “disinformation,” what they are really talking about is any sort of speech, thought, or opinion that goes against the leftist agenda.
The Daily Caller revealed that the “Tacking Disinformation, Protecting Democracy” forum, which was hosted by former President Barack Obama in connection with both Columbia University and the University of Chicago, was moderated by Renee DiResta, who provided advisement services for a company that is alleged to have participated in practices that swayed the outcome of elections through the use of bots. Nikole Hannah-Jones, one of the folks on the panel for the event, is the author of the “1619 Project,” which makes the claim that slavery was the primary reason for the American Revolution.
This particular claim has already been thoroughly debunked by historians and college professors in an article that was published by the New York Times. The fact an article like this was produced by the Times, a newspaper that is unabashedly liberal, should tell you just how false this ridiculous claim really was.
“[Nikole Hannah-Jones] erroneously claims that slavery was a primary cause of the American Revolution. She bases this claim on the Dunmore proclamation, where the British governor of Virginia offered freedom to slaves who fought for the royalist cause. She claims at one point that Dunmore’s proclamation induced George Washington to join the rebellion,” Phillip Magness, who authored a critique of the “1619 Project,” went on to say in an interview with the Daily Caller News Foundation.
“This is false though. Dunmore issued his proclamation in November 1775. But George Washington had already been named the commander-in-chief of the Continental army the previous June,” Magness added.
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“In 2019, a group of professors from Princeton University, City University of New York, Brown University and Texas State University rebuked Hannah-Jones’s claim in a letter to the editor of The New York Times where the ‘1619 Project’ was originally published,” the Daily Caller stated.
“We are dismayed at some of the factual errors in the project and the closed process behind it,” the group said. “These errors, which concern major events, cannot be described as interpretation or ‘framing.’ They are matters of verifiable fact, which are the foundation of both honest scholarship and honest journalism,” the group remarked.
“Hannah Jones is a serial generator and purveyor of misinformation herself. She has done so flagrantly in the cases I mentioned, and she becomes belligerent and personally abusive toward anyone who corrects her claims – even when she is unambiguously wrong on basic matters of fact,” Magness proclaimed.
DiResta, a panel moderator, previously worked as an adviser to tech company American Engagement Technologies, which has been credited with creating a number of fake online personas in order to fight against the GOP vote back in 2017, as per reports from The Washington Free Beacon. Of course, DiResta denied being involved in that project and bolted over to a different tech company known as New Knowledge, which was also reportedly involved in the exact same disinformation scheme.
“DiResta was also an adviser to the Aspen Institute Commission on Information Disorder that released a report criticizing social media companies for failing to address disinformation, but did not reference the censorship of the Hunter Biden article, according to the Beacon. The founder of the commission, Craig Newmark, reportedly sponsored disinformation about Biden’s laptop,” Bronson Winslow of the DCNF wrote.
DiResta then told the outlet that she was not part of the Aspen commission.
Obama himself was cited for disinformation back in 2012 after he referred to an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi as being the result of an unplanned protest that was inspired by a video posted on YouTube. The video was filmed in California. However, the director of the multi-agency National Counterterrorism Center, who referred to the event as a “terrorist attack” ended up undermining the former president’s narrative.
Another prime example of Obama engaging in disinformation is when he made the claim in 2009 that Americans would be able to keep their current physician with Obamacare.
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