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Washington Post omits Jeff Bezos digs from misinformation board in article blaming ‘far right’ for failing


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The Washington Post’s Taylor Lorenz on Wednesday exposed malign right-wing elements she said condemned the Biden administration’s Disinformation Governance Council, but she left out a prominent voice that mocked the ephemeral entity: Jeff Bezos.

The Washington Post’s multi-billionaire owner fired on the board last week while heeding President Biden’s call for corporations to pay higher taxes to bring inflation down.

“The newly created Disinformation Committee should review this tweet, or perhaps they should form a new, non-sequential committee instead,” Bezos said. joked on Twitter. “It’s good to discuss raising corporate taxes. It’s essential to discuss controlling inflation. Mixing them together is just the wrong direction.”

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Bezos was not mentioned in Lorenz’s report, which was criticized by conservatives.

The Washington Post is owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.
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Bezos was far from the only non-right-wing figure to take a beating on the board, something Lorenz herself acknowledged on Twitter was “disaster on all fronts.” Yet his article described the disinformation committee’s failure as being due to the Biden administration’s failure to properly stand up to the “right-wing internet apparatus”, “far-right influencers”, the “right-wing disinformation” and “far-right social media platforms”. ”

It also pushed the Biden administration’s line that the board had been mistakenly portrayed by critics as an Orwellian ministry of truth that would control online discourse, and she chastised conservative websites that, as Lorenz put it, “began to mine Jankowicz’s old social media posts and post articles to generate controversy.”

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Among the revelations unearthed about Jankowicz was that she pushed the false narrative that the Hunter Biden laptop first broken by the New York Post was a Trump campaign operation. Lorenz also omitted this detail from his report on the Disinformation Governance Council “pause”; Jankowicz also resigned.

Washington Post omits Jeff Bezos digs from misinformation board in article blaming ‘far right’ for failing

In his report, Lorenz presented Jankowicz as a “well-known personality in the field of the fight against disinformation and extremism”, but portrayed her as a “victim” of “coordinated online attacks”, complaining that her nomination “was highlighted by the very strengths she has dedicated her career to fighting.”

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“The council itself and the DHS have been criticized both for its somewhat ominous name and for the lack of details of its specific mission…but Jankowicz has been the target of the harshest attacks, his role being misinterpreted as she has become a prime target on the right-wing internet,” Lorenz wrote on Wednesday. “She has been the subject of a relentless barrage of harassment and abuse as the unchecked misrepresentations of her work continue to go viral.”

Lorenz and The Washington Post did not respond to requests for comment.



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