Dem governor in CT, sec of state offer $150K salary for ‘misinformation spotter’ ahead of Nov election

In yet another Orwellian move by the left, Connecticut is seeking to hire a “misinformation spotter” and is willing to pay them $150,000 a year to ferret out fake news on social media before the November midterm elections.

They are euphemistically calling the position a “security analyst.” The new state-level disinformation czar will be tasked with combatting misinformation “on a full-time” basis, The New York Times reported.

The position will be required to identify and flag information that could significantly disrupt election activities. The person taking the job will also be in charge of using propaganda to increase the public’s confidence in the fairness and accuracy of election results.

The campaign to fight misinformation is being funded by Democrat Governor Ned Lamont and will be overseen by Secretary of the State Denise Merrill. Both are Democrats.

Merrill has aligned with other Democrat state secretaries in the #TrustedInfo2022 national public education effort. She calls misinformation “the issue of our lifetime.”

“With the 2022 elections fast approaching, it is important to remember that election officials are the trusted sources for accurate election information,” she proclaimed in January.

Social media platforms slated to be targeted and monitored include Gettr, Rumble, 4Chan, Facebook, and Twitter, according to the New York Times.

The misinformation campaign is part of a larger effort by Lamont that has allocated $2 million for public information efforts to educate and inform registered voters.

Merrill’s Democracy Initiative Projects will receive $4 million to focus on upgrading dated voter registration systems and election applications.

“Connecticut and American elections are free, fair, and secure, and I will continue to fight election misinformation and ensure that American elections remain trustworthy for every voter,” she declared on her website.

“Over the last few election cycles, malicious foreign actors have demonstrated the motivation and capability to significantly disrupt election activities,” Lamont’s budget statement asserted.

The Connecticut government employs at least 35 members as part of its election enforcement commission.

It’s not clear what the specific details and requirements are for the new position or whether the person for the job will be selected from a list of state employees.

In 2020, Connecticut ran its “first, comprehensive, statewide multimedia voter education campaign,” that utilized broadcast and cable television, satellite, and radio, as well as online and mobile advertising.

Connecticut is not alone in this kind of misinformation hunting.

Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan launched a similar campaign to “prebunk” election claims by confronting voters with facts before they are swayed by misinformation.

“Our best tool in the fight against false information is true information,” Fagan declared. “We are committed to reaching Oregon voters early and often so the first thing they hear about Oregon elections is the truth.”

Idaho’s secretary of state has also launched so-called educational efforts such as a video series to minimize the effect of false election claims on voters.

Colorado has also reportedly hired three cybersecurity experts to monitor sites allegedly known for disseminating misinformation, according to the New York Times.

President Joe Biden and the Department of Homeland Security disastrously tried the same thing on a federal level by hiring disinformation czar Nina Jankowicz. The move has been put on hold after a massive blowback concerning government overreach. Jankowicz has left the position after coming under intense fire.

Former President Barack Obama is also pushing the misinformation angle on elections.

“In recent years, we’ve seen how quickly disinformation spreads, especially on social media. This has created real challenges for our democracy,” Obama tweeted in April. He then announced that his foundation will support leaders in their fight against misinformation.

“Part of the reason it’s hard to bring about change is because we live in a media environment that elevates falsehoods as much as truths, and divides people as much as it brings them together,” Obama posited.

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