Last month, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), the Senate’s leading foe against government waste, blasted the Biden administration for paying a group called Hack/Hackers more than $5 million to police online content shared from organizations and media they deemed not “reliable.” Ernst awarded her December 2022 Squeal Award to the minister of misinformation himself, President Biden, for steering tax dollars into these Soviet-style propaganda tactics that target citizens and media who dare question his administration’s narrative.
The Daily Wire reported on the senator’s effort, quoting her letter to the National Science Foundation condemning the project: “We really do not need a return to the dark days when some in Washington maintained an ‘enemies lists’ of fellow citizens and journalists with opposing viewpoints. Instead, the NSF would much better serve taxpayers by supporting our nation’s bright young minds with initiatives to improve math and science education rather than these efforts to troll taxpayers online.”
In their coverage of Ernst’s push, Fox News highlighted the disparity between sources deemed reliable versus unreliable: “The project has already been put to real world use, citing conservative-leaning sources like The Daily Wire, Daily Mail, and biologist Bret Weinstein as ‘unreliable,’ while Vox, The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, The Atlantic and The Guardian have been marked as ‘reliable.’”
As reported on by the Epoch Times: “Ernst noted in her statement that ‘if this effort was applied to statements by the Biden administration, the ‘fact checkers’ would be working overtime countering the disinformation being spread by the president himself. Such as the president’s false claim that he ‘cut the federal debt in half — a fact!’ The truth is since Joe Biden became president less than two years ago, more than $3 trillion has been added to the national debt!’”