By Adam Andrzejewski for RealClearPolicy
Many believe America is plagued by fake news. It’s possible they are right.
Americans’ trust in our media is at one of its lowest points, and social media has made disinformation easy to spread. Our government pretends to be an expert in Zimbabwe fake news, while America tackles its own fake-news problem.
In fact, the U.S. is sending $100,000 to Zimbabwe to help that country tackle fake news, according to a grant notice from the U.S. Department of State.
The grant description states that the goal of the grant is, “To improve and promote adherence to international best practice in implementing fundamental freedom of speech and the press freedom.”
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The three-pronged approach encourages the following: Enhancing public understanding about freedom of speech and press freedom; improving media literacy in combating disinformation; and increasing media sustainability and innovation.
This absurd idea, that the U.S. can disinformation, combat censorship and promote free speech is a fact that should be taught to other nations, is false.
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The U.S. cannot tell other countries how to conduct such matters, let alone spend tax dollars, due to domestic discussions on tech censorship and the growing polarization in news media outlets.
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