GOP Targets Pentagon Censorship in 2024 NDAA

( – In June, Georgia Republican Rep. Richard McCormick attached an amendment to the FY2024 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would forbid the Pentagon from cooperating or contracting with any organization that facilitates the censorship of American citizens or their news sources.

In a press release announcing the amendment, McCormick said while the military is facing a recruitment shortage, the Pentagon is permitting “political correctness” to sabotage the military.

According to McCormick, his amendment would prevent the Defense Department from contracting with groups that claim to monitor “disinformation” or “misinformation” by rating news and information sites.

McCormick explained that while these groups claim to be nonpartisan, in reality, they “almost always” censor conservative news and “bury stories that liberals don’t like.”

These monitoring organizations include NewsGuard, Graphika Technologies, and the Global Disinformation Index. According to The Federalist, their purpose is to advise on the censorship or blacklisting of news sites that are based on “subjective criteria” and political bias while presenting themselves as fact-checkers.

The news and information sites blacklisted or censored by these organizations include conservative, right-leaning, and populist outlets like The Blaze, The Federalist, The Daily Wire, Reason, American Spectator, Newsmax, One America News, and the New York Post.

Newguard’s software, which is being used in public schools throughout the US, downgrades right-leaning news sites while promoting liberal media outlets, including those outlets that falsely claimed that Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop was Russian disinformation.

NewsGuard in 2021 was awarded a nearly $750,000 contract from the Pentagon.

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