Obama says ‘People are Dying Because of Misinformation’

In a speech on Thursday, former President Barack Obama claimed, without evidence, that “people are dying because of misinformation” as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and skepticism of the vaccines.

The Daily Caller reports that, in a speech at Stanford University, Obama said that “around one in five Americans [are] still willing to put themselves at risk and put their families at risk rather than get vaccinated.” The former president attributed this trend to “misinformation.”

Although he claimed to be a “First Amendment absolutist,” Obama used the speech to call on social media companies to implement even stricter censorship measures on controversial issues, including COVID-19, voter fraud in the 2020 election, and the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Most Big Tech platforms, from Facebook and Instagram to Twitter and YouTube, have already implemented strict measures banning anyone who questions the mainstream media’s narrative about these issues.

“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,” Obama continued. “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.”

He presented censorship as a matter of saving democracy, asking the audience: “Do we allow our democracy to wither? Or do we make it better?”

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About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

Photo: WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 05: Former President Barack Obama (C) and President Joe Biden greet friends and guests at the conclusions of an event to mark the 2010 passage of the Affordable Care Act in the East Room of the White House on April 05, 2022 in Washington, DC. With then-Vice President Joe Biden by his side, Obama signed 'Obamacare' into law on March 23, 2010. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)