Joe Biden’s top state media transition lead supports “hate speech” laws and rethinking the First Amendment

by David Solomonoff

Richard Stengel, the head of the Joe Biden transition team for US state media outlets, is an outspoken supporter of “hate speech” laws, social media censorship, and other means that restrict or editorialize people’s speech.

Stengel was recently named on the Biden transition website as team lead for the US Agency for Global Media (USAGM) – a US government-owned agency that’s responsible for operating several state-owned media outlets which include Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

He has also welcomed social media’s censorship of President Trump and the use of government propaganda.

While Stengel is a proponent of suppressing or editorializing speech to push back against statements that he deems to be hate speech, misinformation, or propaganda, he has a different perspective when he’s the one pushing the propaganda.

During his 2018 appearance at the CFR panel, Stengel discussed his role as President Obama’s Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs between 2014 and 2016 and described propaganda as something every country has to do:

“My old job at the State Department was what people used to joke as the chief propagandist job. We haven’t talked about propaganda. Every country does it and they have to do it to their own population and I don’t necessarily think it’s that awful.”

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