IT CONTINUES: University Professors Urge Biden to Create 'Misinformation Commission' to Counter Right-Wing 'Lies'
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"Because many of President Trump's supporters seek out the messages they want."
In reaction to last Wednesday's storming of the U.S. Capitol, two Duke University professors are urging President-elect Joe Biden to create a presidential "misinformation commission" — which would be charged with countering right-wing "lies."

In an op-ed published by The Hill, titled Misinformation fueled the Capitol riots — a Biden commission could chart a path forward, public policy instructors Bill Adair and Philip Napoli argued that the storming of the Capitol proved the need for a government panel to decide which speech should be permitted — and which speech should not. Think about that.

They wrote, in part:

"Last week's attack on the U.S. Capitol was based on lies. The mob that stormed the building was acting on a tidal wave of misinformation about the election that was spread by the president, his fellow Republicans, and their supporters using a web of partisan media outlets, social media, and the dark corners of the internet."

"The dark corners of the internet." Sure, okay.

"The lies flourished despite an extraordinary amount of debunking by fact-checkers and Washington journalists. But that fact-checking didn't persuade the mob that stormed the Capitol — nor did it dissuade millions of other supporters of the president. Fed a steady diet of repetitive falsehoods by elected officials and partisan outlets, they believed the lies so much that they were driven to violence."

Adair, who is the founding editor of fact-checking website PolitiFact, operated by the Poynter Institute, which is described by NewsBusters as "a left-wing 'journalism' institute," argued that recent attempts to censor speech have failed.

"For the past four years, academics and journalists and philanthropists and foundations and tech leaders have thrown hundreds of millions of dollars and millions of words, plus countless conferences and reports — and yet the problem seems worse than…
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