Gov. DeSantis wants Joe Biden’s ‘Ministry of Truth’ killed off like the buffalo
Ron DeSantis. Image via AP.

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'We need to eliminate that. That is a big danger to free expression in this country.'

Gov. Ron DeSantis wants President Joe Biden’s Disinformation Governance Board to be hunted nearly — or entirely — into extinction.

Florida’s Republican Governor has likened the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) advisory board, set up to educate the public about disinformation, to an Orwellian “Ministry of Truth.” Before signing legislation honoring the victims and opponents of communism during a news conference in Miami Monday, DeSantis told the crowd to criticize things that go against American values.

“That disinformation bureau needs to go the way of the buffalo,” DeSantis said. “We need to eliminate that. That is a big danger to free expression in this country.”

Long held as a symbol of the Native Americans and the Great Plains, the American bison was nearly hunted into extinction in the late 1800s. However, the population has rebounded to “near threatened” after conservation efforts that began around the turn of the 20th century. The bison has since become symbolic of both overhunting and the conservation movement and became the national mammal of the United States in 2016.

Since the Biden administration announced the Disinformation Governance Board late last month, the body has become a target of conservatives and free-speech advocates. Florida joined a coalition of Republican-led states calling on DHS to disband the “authoritarian” agency, and Missouri and Louisiana have also sued over the board.

DeSantis, who has touted Florida as the “Free State,” suggested social media companies can’t shove a narrative down the throats of Americans.

“What they are doing to try to stifle dissent to try to elevate a chosen political narrative that’s endorsed by the regime and to try to marginalize dissenters is not what a free society is all about,” DeSantis said. “What they will use that for, I believe, is to feed the social media platforms with what they want to be censored and not want to be censored.”

DeSantis also told the crowd he was thankful billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk is taking over Twitter because he will “open it up.” Pointing to Musk’s other successful ventures — such as PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla — the Governor added that the world’s richest man would improve what the new owner has called “the de facto public town square.”

Twitter initially resisted Musk’s proposal to buy the platform, which DeSantis said was because the company’s board of directors was afraid of losing control of the political narrative. Social media platforms in recent years have cracked down against COVID-19 disinformation and former President Donald Trump’s “big lie” that the 2020 election was stolen. However, DeSantis said several censored comments turned out to be true.

The Governor has also been on the receiving end of social media policing their platforms. In April 2021, YouTube removed a WTSP Tampa Bay video that featured DeSantis and a roundtable of scientists because their comments violated the platform’s COVID-19 medical misinformation policies.

“They want to enforce one viewpoint and one narrative, and then if you speak out against that, maybe you’ll be suspended, maybe you’ll be totally deplatformed, maybe your posts will be censored,” DeSantis said.

DeSantis also has a second interest in Musk buying Twitter — what the Governor estimates is a $15 million boost for Florida’s pension fund.

“I think more important to me than just the dollars and cents is doubling down on free expression,” DeSantis said. “There’s no orthodoxy that the government can impose on us. We’re able to speak our mind.”

Renzo Downey

Renzo Downey covers state government for Florida Politics. After graduating from Northwestern University in 2019, Renzo began his reporting career in the Lone Star State, covering state government for the Austin American-Statesman. Shoot Renzo an email at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @RenzoDowney.


10 comments

  • Impeach Biden

    May 9, 2022 at 1:41 pm

    How much coin is “Incompetent Joe” paying Mary Poppins? My tax dollars at work for a Tik Tok star.

    • Better then you

      May 10, 2022 at 12:15 pm

      That Tik tok star could buy your trailer lol

  • martin

    May 9, 2022 at 2:03 pm

    Every day the democrat party leans more and more into the realm of communism and socialism. No wonder what they are sinking like a box of rocks.

  • Former GOP

    May 9, 2022 at 3:08 pm

    “What they are doing to try to stifle dissent to try to elevate a chosen political narrative that’s endorsed by the regime and to try to marginalize dissenters is not what a free society is all about,” DeSantis said.
    This coming from the same governor/government who took away the Reedy Creek Special District from Disney for speaking out against a bill that they didn’t agree with. The GOP has turned into a party of Hypocrites.

    • NFL Conservative

      May 10, 2022 at 9:09 am

      Yes, the same fearless governor who had to sign a bill to keep the public schools from forcing their inappropriate sexual social engineering experiment on FL’s preK-3 grade children.

      Schools are for teaching reading, writing and arithmetic, geography, history, not sex.

      If the Dems want to start schools for social engineering or sex education classes for innocent children have they can open them on the free market and then watch them fail.

      The evil our culture has diminished to is shocking. Gov Ron DeSantis will be POTUS one day and for that many of us are grateful.

      Walt Disney would be aghast at the political philosophy embraced by the company that bears his name.

      • You fat

        May 10, 2022 at 12:12 pm

        “Walt Disney would be be aghast”

        Disney is too busy making money from its new movie to care what you think lol

      • Edward Harrison

        May 10, 2022 at 1:17 pm

        Wow, I’ve got a bridge in New York to sell you, man. I bet the used car salesmen love to see you coming. Do marks come any better than you? Your blind belief in life-long liars is amazing. You know that none of what you describe was being taught in Florida’s schools at any grade, right? None of it was in the 59 textbooks that the Governor and his cronies banned. The problem with those 58 books is that they were produced by the wrong publisher. That was entirely an effort to steer our tax dollars into the pockets of team DeSantis. He just needed a few idiots to believe his lies. Congrats!

  • Trevor Morris

    May 10, 2022 at 1:06 pm

    Moron DeSantis certainly doesn’t want anyone restricting his ability to disinform the small-minded and the gullible. This is very much on-brand for an autocrat who is fond of calling lies freedom. He has learned so much from his master, Donald Trump, that the student looks poised to become the teacher. Florida, will you ever tire of crooks like these?

  • johnny

    May 14, 2022 at 10:18 am

    The most important in our lives is the Freedom more than making money buy cars, buy houses etc.,,etc., Said no to the Ministry of Truth.

  • YoYo Momma

    May 16, 2022 at 1:31 pm

    The MINISTRY OF “TRUTH” ! Straight out of George Orwell’s book “1984”.
    I wonder what they will re-write about Biden and his KOMMIEKRATS ???

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