Could you apply the DHS definition of disinformation to Obama

On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time” show, host Bill Maher criticized the Department of Homeland Security’s Disinformation Governance Council and argued that the agency’s definition of disinformation could apply to former President Barack Obama’s pledge. Obama that people who liked their doctor could keep him and they wondered. , “who do you think the tsar of truth will be in 2025?”

Maher said: “[T]hey you are right to compare this to Orwell and the Ministry of Truth. It’s exactly what it looks like. Now, when they first explained it, they mentioned two things they were going to look for: Russian disinformation, I said, okay, I’m okay with that. Russia, it’s not us, they’re our adversaries and they’re trying to harm us. And then drug dealers, okay, I get it, people crossing the border, you can tell them disinformation, that’s bad. But then, here’s the Department of Homeland Security, disinformation is defined as ‘false information that is deliberately spread with the [intent] to deceive or deceive,’ well you could have said that about if you like your doctor, you can stay with your doctor if you don’t like that. He said, [disinformation] ‘can take many forms.’ Okay, now we’re going faster down the slippery slope, including but not limited to the two I mentioned. Okay, so the government shouldn’t get involved in deciding what’s true and what’s not, I think, what a lot of people are saying. And my follow-up question would be: who do you think the Tsar of Truth will be in 2025?”

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