If you don’t agree with the government in America, then you obviously want people to die from COVID-19. That’s the message sent to the public on Friday by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki. When questioned about the Biden Administration’s spying on Americans using Facebook and Twitter Psaki deflected the serious question asked by Fox News reporter Peter Doocy.
“Speaking of misinformation and the announcement from yesterday,” Doocy asked Psaki. “For how long has the administration been spying on people’s Facebook profiles looking for vaccine misinformation?
“We are in regular touch with social media platforms. This is publicly open information — people sharing information online — just as you are all reporting information on your news stations,” Psaki replied. “There’s no secret list. I will tell you that these are people who are sharing information on public platforms — on Facebook — information that is traveling is inaccurate.”
Psaki then switched gears, accusing Doocy, Fox and anyone who disagrees with the federal government’s stance on COVID-19 that they are killing Americans and not concerned about it.
“Our biggest concern here — and I, frankly, think it should be your biggest concern — is the number of people who are dying around the country because they’re getting misinformation that is leading them to not take a vaccine,” Psaki said, inferring that freedom of speech doesn’t matter when it comes to the Biden administration’s stance on COVID-19. “Young people, old people, kids, children — this is all being — a lot of them are being impacted by misinformation.”
“The big concern though, I think, for a lot of people on Facebook is that now this is Big Brother watching you,” Doocy asked, doubling down and not falling for the deflection.
“They’re more concerned about that than people dying across the country because of a pandemic where misinformation is traveling on social media platforms? That feels unlikely to me. If you have the data to back that up, I’m happy to discuss it,” she replied.
Doocy reminded Psaki that the federal government has not always been the most reliable source for COVID-19 information either.
“Okay, and just about things that are on Facebook: I looked this morning, there are videos of Dr. Fauci from 2020, before anybody had a vaccine, and he’s out there saying there’s no reason to be walking around with a mask. So, is the administration going to contact Facebook and ask them to take that down?” he asked.
Psaki said COVID-19 science is ever-evolving, but information, regardless of whether it is correct or incorrect should always come from the federal government.
“Well, first, I think what Dr. Fauci has said himself — who’s been quite public out there — is that science evolves, information evolves, and we make that available in a public way to the American people,” she said.