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Barack Obama, winner of the “lie of the year”, accused of having made a speech of “misinformation”: “quite the expert”

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Former President Barack Obama angered conservatives with his speech against the dangers of “misinformation” at Stanford University on Thursday.

The 44th president, who recently announced that his Obama Foundation will “work to empower and equip emerging leaders to tackle issues like the spread of misinformation,” spoke on the subject at the prestigious university, lambasting social and traditional media for spreading fake news.

Prominent conservatives couldn’t stand the irony and applauded the former world leader, accusing him of promoting the ‘Russia-Trump collusion hoax’ and reminding him that he had won the ‘lie of the year’ from Politifact in 2013.

During his speech, Obama said, “All we see is a steady stream of content where useful factual information and happy diversions, and cat videos sit alongside lies, conspiracy theories, junk science, quackery, white supremacy, racist tracts, misogynistic screeds.

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He also criticized disinformation spread by former President Donald Trump and even put Russian President Vladmir Putin and former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon together as people trying to attack democracy.

“People like Putin and Steve Bannon, by the way, understand that people don’t have to believe this information to weaken democratic institutions,” Obama said, adding, “You just have to flood the public square of a country with enough raw sewage. You just have to raise enough questions, spread enough dirt, plant enough conspiracy theories that citizens don’t know what to believe.”

National Review lead writer Michael Brendan Dougherty penned a scathing piece on the speech for his outlet and said, “Like so many other progressives, what Obama seeks to restore is the quasi- monopoly that liberals once had on the information space.”

Daily Wire reporter Ryan Saavedra torched Obama’s speech, tweeting a screenshot of the Politifact article which awarded the former president the “lie of the year” and noting: “Obama is quite the “disinformation” expert.

Barack Obama, winner of the

Conservative author Max Abrahms responded to the news of Obama’s Stanford speech by tweeting, “Someone should tell Obama that if you promote the Russia-Trump collusion hoax and all the stuff that’s been exposed as empirically baseless, then you’re not actually opposed to disinformation.”

Federalism editor Mollie Hemingway responded to Obama announcing the speech by asking, “Would you apologize for your role in the biggest disinformation campaign the country has ever seen?” The Russian collusion hoax you helped perpetrate?

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RealClearInvestigations Deputy Editor Benjamin Weingarten slammed Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s comments on combating “misinformation”, tweeting, “When Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton et al. talk about fighting ‘misinformation’, you can bet a new attack on the First Amendment is coming.”

Conservative author Jay Cost responded to an article about the speech titled “Obama singles out tech companies for misinformation in major speech”, tweeting, “Remember when he was president? He pointed the finger many, many . Many, many. I regret that we were such disappointments for him.”

Barack Obama, winner of the

Conservative commentator and podcast host Noam Blum tweeted of the same article: “I mean he’s the godfather of blaming websites for his own international bullshit so of course why not?”

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And Newsbusters editor Tim Graham pointed to a bit of additional irony underlying Obama’s speech, tweeting: “Anyone who notices that Obama was introduced to speak about disinformation at Stanford by Michael McFaul – the guy who just stepped in and said Hitler didn’t do it.” not killing “ethnic Germans” on MSNBC?

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