Commentary: Obama’s disingenuous obsession over ‘disinformation’

It's pretty rich to hear the man guilty of the 2013 "lie of the year" acting as though he’s the ultimate purveyor of facts.

Former President Barack Obama speaks at Stanford University last week. (Stanford University/YouTube)

Perhaps still distressed from being dumped by Spotify, Barack Obama jetted across the country late last week to the comforts of a prestigious private university to preach hypocritical nonsense.

Not only did the former president espouse claptrap but profoundly anti-democratic sentiment too.

Obama and his fellow Democrats remain in a moral panic. They know their ideas are unpopular and failing, therefore they lately abhor free speech.

“All we see is a constant feed of content where useful factual information and happy diversions and cat videos flow alongside lies, conspiracy theories, junk science, quackery, White supremacist, racist tracts, misogynist screeds,” Obama argued. “People like Putin and Steve Bannon, for that matter, understand it’s not necessary for people to believe this information in order to weaken democratic institutions. You just have to flood a country’s public square with enough raw sewage. You just have to raise enough questions, spread enough dirt, plant enough conspiracy theorizing that citizens no longer know what to believe.”

Notice that this hyperbolic screed didn’t mention any media malpractice on Hunter Biden’s laptop or other left-wing conspiracies about the President Donald Trump era.

In his pathetic attempt to take control of information, Obama, like many insular elites, wildly overestimates the influence he, Bannon or Putin have.

At one juncture during his partisan speech, he claimed 20% of Americans didn’t take the COVID-19 vaccine, due to disinformation. I could argue there was no “misinformation” online because his acolytes made sure it all got censored.

He praised more crackdowns and even suggested creating some rogue bureaucracy to monitor and inspect the algorithms used to power websites. He indicated he wants Silicon Valley to work with “activists” to remedy the disinformation, so the efforts are nakedly partisan.

Obama also raised the inane “voting rights” issue that long ago proved total nonsense. Despite what his successor audaciously claimed last year, no laws passed affected any “people of color” from reaching record high voter turnout the last few elections. The former president’s lies and pedantic speeches, frankly, will initiate more populist blowback.

Statists imagine themselves a moral vanguard of those called to lead us into history. They distrust those “bigots” who cling to guns and God or mourn the death of heroic National Guardsmen. Their reaction to their loss of a longstanding communication monopoly is pitiful.

“Someone should tell Obama that if you promoted the Russia-Trump collusion hoax and all the component parts that have been revealed as empirically baseless then you’re not actually opposed to disinformation,” a conservative author tweeted.

I’d also add it’s pretty rich to hear the man guilty of the 2013 “lie of the year” acting as though he’s the ultimate purveyor of facts.

Finally, recall that earlier this month, the 44th president gave an appalling performance at Chicago’s “Disinformation and the Erosion of Democracy” conference.

Hosted by the left-leaning Atlantic Magazine, Obama contributed to more disinformation, since the world he described bears limited resemblance to today’s.

His revisionism isn’t surprising. He was a failed president who oversaw the loss of 1,000 nationwide legislative seats and handed full control of three federal branches back to the GOP.

Like most narcissistic ideologues, Obama takes zero responsibility for his failures, including laying the groundwork for catastrophes we see today in the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East.

And it seems Obama will make sure no one ever does.