A commission made up of mostly left-leaning figures recommended Monday that the White House counter the spread of disinformation and “dangerous conspiracy theories online.”
The Aspen Institute Commission on Information Disorder has released a number recommendations Monday, which included calling upon the Biden administration to have an “apolitical team” develop a national strategy to tackle the issue.
The group said that although the federal government has recognized the effects of false and misleading information “on public health, elections, businesses, technology, and continued campaigns on communities of color,” it has failed to create a strategy or put leadership on the problem.
The White House was inaugurated in June said that the federal government would “work to find ways to counter the polarization often fueled by disinformation, misinformation, and dangerous conspiracy theories online” in its effort to combat domestic terrorism.
“This lack of leadership, ownership, or strategy is hampering efforts, slowing response times, and duplicating efforts,” the report stated. “Thus, the Commission urges the White House to establish a dedicated team to define the disinformation problem and to clearly articulate desired objectives, leadership, responsibilities, authorities, and capabilities.”
The commission asked the White House to develop “clear policy statements on intent and objectives, defining roles and responsibilities across the Executive Branch … ” and identify “gaps in authorities and capabilities.”
“This is not intended as a call to establish new powers or authorities,” the commission noted. “Instead, it aims at providing a clear, focused, and strategic approach for the government’s responsibilities in addressing information disorder.”
The White House didn’t immediately respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.
The commission has been criticized for being highly partisan, and an earlier review by The Daily Caller News Foundation found that many of its commissioners are part of left-leaning causes.
Katie Couric, Prince HarryKathryn Murdoch and, are two of the most well-known members of the commission. Murdoch, for example has a history of supporting left-leaning causes such as PACRONYM, a super PAC affiliated with ACRONYM, which has ties to the Democratic party.
Murdoch’s spokesperson did not respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s requests for comment.
Some of the lesser-known names are also associated with left-leaning causes. Rashad Robinson, another commissioner, leads Color of Change, a social justice organization started by former President Barack Obama’s “green jobs czar” Van Jones and MoveOn.org’s former director of grassroots mobilization James Rucker. Color of Change is funded by Goerge Soros’ Open Society Foundations to the tune of millions of dollars.
Robinson’s spokesperson declined to comment earlier.
Openly Republican members Chris Krebs and Will Hurd are also part of the commission.
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