WASHINGTON, DC – Joe Biden recently published the individuals who will be composed of his “Agency Review Teams,” who are meant to assist with “ensuring a smooth transfer of power” as it relates to entering office.
And within his team for the “United States Agency for Global Media,” Biden has listed Richard Stengel as a “Team Lead,” which Stengel has been criticized for his criticism of unfettered, free speech.
Biden appoints “anti-free speech” & pro-censorship Richard Stengel to transition team media post
“All speech is not equal…I’m all for protecting thought that we hate, but not speech that incites hate”
He also praises social media censorshiphttps://t.co/b6JMOBOUzZ
— ELIJAH SCHAFFER (@ElijahSchaffer) November 17, 2020
For those unfamiliar with Stengel, he’s a former managing editor for Time magazine and also served under former President Obama’s administration as the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs.
After having served under President Obama’s administration, Stengel has has functioned as an author and on-air analyst for MSNBC.
But with Stengel’s recent appointment to the US Agency for Global Media which is the “government media empire that includes Voice of America, the Middle East Broadcasting Networks and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty,” criticism is cropping up due to an op-ed Stengel wrote for the Washington Post.
In said op-ed, Stengel was posing an argument against free speech that can incite “hate”:
“All speech is not equal. And where truth cannot drive out lies, we must add new guardrails. I’m all for protecting ‘thought that we hate,’ but not speech that incites hate.”
I'm sure he's against speech that incites hate for Trump, hate for MAGA, hate for religious Christians
— youtwitface (@youtwitface) November 17, 2020
In said article for the WaPo, Stengel pointed to two examples of speech he doesn’t think should be protected.
The first of them were people burning religious books like the Quran:
“Even the most sophisticated Arab diplomats that I dealt with did not understand why the First Amendment allows someone to burn a Koran. Why, they asked me, would you ever want to protect that?”
Stengel referred to the noted question he’d been purportedly asked by “Arab diplomats” as being “fair” to ask, further writing that acts like burning religious books “can cause violence”:
“It’s a fair question. Yes, the First Amendment protects the ‘thought that we hate,’ but it should not protect hateful speech that can cause violence by one group against another.
“In an age when everyone has a megaphone, that seems like a design flaw.”
Unsurprisingly, Stengel then pointed to Russian disinformation as being speech that should be regulated:
“[O]ur foremost liberty also protects any bad actors who hide behind it to weaken our society…Russian agents assumed fake identities, promulgated false narratives and spread lies on Twitter and Facebook, all protected by the First Amendment.”
The Weimar Republic that preceded Nazi Germany resorted to hate speech laws, too. @stengel is walking us into the same trap. By repeating the mistakes of the past, he is making history rhyme 😭
(see the reply below for a link to details on German history) https://t.co/PEkoHXEqoC
— Max Harris (@maxharris9) November 17, 2020
Stengel believes that America should take a page out of the book of the other nations that “have passed laws to curb the incitement of racial and religious hatred.”
He wrote that “hate speech” laws are something that the U.S. should consider, defining hate speech as anything that can insult someone for their “race, religion, ethnic origin and sexual orientation”:
“We call them hate speech laws, but there’s no agreed-upon definition of what hate speech actually is. In general, hate speech is speech that attacks and insults people on the basis of race, religion, ethnic origin and sexual orientation.
“I think it’s time to consider these statutes.”
“Even the most sophisticated Arab diplomats that I dealt with did not understand why the First Amendment allows someone to burn a Koran."
Maybe don't take lessons in free speech from diplomats who represent dictatorships? Speech isn't violence.
— Zaid Jilani (@ZaidJilani) November 16, 2020
The justification Stengel used to illustrate why this would be a good idea to consider is because various mass shooters had consumed in some way or another “hate speech”:
“Domestic terrorists such as Dylann Roof and Omar Mateen and the El Paso shooter were consumers of hate speech. Speech doesn’t pull the trigger, but does anyone seriously doubt that such hateful speech creates a climate where such acts are more likely?”
A rather peculiar (or perhaps very intentional) appointment for a role relating to “global media” within Biden’s transition team.
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In a recent report from us at Law Enforcement Today, Senator Rand Paul noted that if Biden attempts to institute some sort of national lockdown were he to take office, then he’d fight it tooth-and-nail.
Here’s that previous report.
WASHINGTON, DC- Joe Biden has pretty much promised to institute a 4-6-week full down lockdown if we are unfortunate enough to have him prevail in the presidential race, which is still being contested in numerous states.
Because clearly, masks and lockdowns work, as has been proven with the latest spike in the Wuhan coronavirus. According to Breitbart News, for Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), that is a non-starter.
During a Sunday interview on “The Cats Roundtable on WABC 770 in New York, Paul said he would do “everything” he could to “prevent” a lockdown if Biden prevails.
Biden and his so-called “coronavirus task force” are suggesting a full shutdown might be required as COVID-19 is spiking throughout the country, as many experts previously warned it would.
This is also despite the fact that two pharmaceutical companies, Moderna and Pfizer both announced within a week of each other a viable vaccine for the virus.
Paul said that the current policy of ongoing masks and yet another lockdown cannot go on “forever.” Paul, an optometrist said the idea of remining inside and canceling Thanksgiving is “ridiculous” and “not based in science.”
“Today, Biden’s talking more about a lockdown. This is absolutely why he’s going to be a terrible president if we get him,” he said. “He’s going to ruin the country. Lockdowns don’t work.
And in fact, all of the evidence on mandatory masks show that they don’t work either. There’s about 10 different countries of venues, maybe 20, that instituted mandatory masks, and every one of them—to a T—the infection rate, the COVID rate went up after the mask mandate.
“Now, this is just showing that…all these mitigation strategies—washing our hands, staying six feet apart—they don’t work, frankly. And the virus, as the Wall Street Journal put it, is insidious. It is going to do what it’s going to do.
The only thing that’s going to stop it is either enough immunity among individuals in the community or a vaccine.”
In conclusion, Paul said:
“I’m going to everything I can to try to prevent Biden from locking us up and locking us down and forcing us to wear masks forever. We can’t go on like this forever.”
“The only thing that’s going to stop [the virus] is either enough immunity among individuals in the community or a vaccine,” he said.
The Washington Examiner reported that back in July, Paul said, “I think we’ve made a big mistake in the lockdown. We’ve crippled the economy, but I don’t know that we’ve done much to the virus.”
Sen. Paul also called out Biden last week on social media, slamming his idea to have a national mask mandate.
“So @JoeBiden wants to lock us down and force everyone to mask up. Doesn’t anyone care to know if mask mandates help? The data on mask mandates actually shows an INCREASED rate of COVID cases after the mandates.”
So @JoeBiden wants to lock us down and force everyone to mask up. Doesn’t anyone care to know if mask mandates help? The data on mask mandates actually shows an INCREASED rate of COVID cases after the mandates.
Mask Mandates and Infection Rates. https://t.co/UkjWhx6TgI
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) November 12, 2020
While Biden would not have the constitutional authority to implement such a mandate, he has suggested he would “suggest” to governors and mayors to impose mandates in their states or cities.
In addition, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves has pushed back on a national mask mandate, saying he would not be inclined to follow such a government mandate.
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