California’s departure from the liberties guaranteed American citizens upon the foundation of our great nation seems to be kicking it into high gear lately, as they seek to establish their very own version of the Ministry of Truth in George Orwell’s iconic dystopian novel, 1984.
The Ministry of Truth is a government entity whose job it is to regulate the officially mandated definition of truth, and employees at the agency, like the protagonist in the novel, spend their days eliminating any trace of information that is in any way inconvenient to the narrative of the powers that be.
It goes without saying, no one in the dystopian hell that is 1984 may publically–or privately–express any views that are not in line with the updated narrative as established by the Ministry of Truth.
If the United States were to establish their own Ministry of Truth, it is not surprising that California would be the state to give it a trial run first. We’ve all imagined the “fake news” narrative was heading in this direction, and yet it is no less chilling to see it come to fruition.
The bill, titled SB1424, or the “Internet: Social Media: False Information: Strategic Plan”, would mandate anyone operating a website in California to fact-check the news they post according to the standards of the state. Here is the actual wording:
a) Any person who operates a social media Internet Web site with physical presence in California shall develop a strategic plan to verify news stories shared on its Internet Web site.
(b) The strategic plan shall include, but is not limited to, all of the following:
(1) A plan to mitigate the spread of false information through news stories.
(2) The utilization of fact-checkers to verify news stories.
(3) Providing outreach to social media users regarding news stories containing false information.
(4) Placing a warning on a news story containing false information.
(c) As used in this section, “social media” means an electronic service or account, or electronic content, including, but not limited to, videos, still photographs, blogs, video blogs, podcasts, instant and text messages, email, online services or accounts, or Internet Web site profiles or locations.
Now, let’s be real: California is a state that has systems in place to fine or even jail people who use the wrong gender pronoun in a nursing home. It is a state that requires foster children receive hormone treatment and be treated like a member of the opposite sex if they so desire and it is contrary to the wishes of the foster parents. It is a state that has reduced the crime of knowingly exposing someone to the HIV virus from a felony to a misdemeanor.
Do we really trust them to decide what is “officially” true?
This is exactly what the founders were trying to prevent with the establishment of a free press. The government has absolutely no right to determine what is true, and they are the very last entity that should establish what can or cannot be printed for the maintenance of a free society.