Top Biden official touted Big Tech “misinformation” team-up before DOJ school threats memo
- May 23, 2023
Gabe Kaminsky, Washington Examiner
EXCLUSIVE — A top Biden administration official touted how his agency was “working with” Big Tech “to combat misinformation” in a private meeting with education groups weeks before the Justice Department’s scrutinized memo on alleged school board threats.
In late August 2021, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy told the National School Boards Association and other groups in a call with Education Secretary Miguel Cardona that the government was taking steps to thwart “misinformation in many ways,” including in tandem with social media companies, documents reveal. The previously unreported meeting was just about one month prior to the NSBA’s Sept. 29, 2021, demand to President Joe Biden to investigate school board “domestic terrorist” parent protesters, followed by Attorney General Merrick Garland issuing his October memo.
“The desire to cut parents out of decisions about their children and urges to stifle the First Amendment rights of Americans are very disturbing but, unfortunately, not surprising,” said Michael Chamberlain, director of the ethics watchdog Protect the Public’s Trust, which obtained the records and first shared them with the Washington Examiner.