“Dystopian Clown”: Obama Mocked Over New Initiative
Former President Barack Obama announced that his foundation was launching a new initiative to combat the spread of misinformation, which critics quickly derided for its irony.
“In recent years, we’ve seen how quickly disinformation spreads, especially on social media. This has created real challenges for our democracy,” Obama wrote in the announcement.
“Part of the reason it’s hard to bring about change is because we live in a media environment that elevates falsehoods as much as truths, and divides people as much as it brings them together,” he continued.
“Through the [Obama Foundation], we’re working to empower and equip emerging leaders to tackle issues like the spread of disinformation.”
Critics quickly took hold of Obama’s announcement, with many pointing to the discredited “Russiagate” story.
Journalist Glenn Greenwald posted a simple screenshot in response to Obama’s tweet, showing a Politico article from 2020 titled “Hunter Biden story is Russian disinfo, dozens of former intel officials say.”
“More dystopian clown world genre,” wrote Jordan Schachtel, a conservative journalist.
“I’m sure there’s no way this will ever be abused and turn into a professional leftist activist organization meant to deplatform conservatives and libertarians,” quipped Austin Petersen, a conservative radio host.