Millions of DHS Terrorism Prevention Grants Go to Promoting Media Literacy and Countering Misinformation

The agency created after 9/11 to protect the nation from another terrorist attack gives millions of dollars to nonprofit organizations, local governments and academic institutions to promote media literacy and combat what the Biden administration considers ‘disinformation’. Among the recipients of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grants is a center founded by former President Jimmy Carter to implement a “media literacy program” designed to mitigate the harms of disinformation. In total, DHS will distribute approximately $7 million for its new media literacy campaign, part of a larger, generously funded initiative called the Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention Program (TVTP) launched in 2020. to “prevent targeted violence and terrorism”.

This year, DHS is distributing $20 million in grants to dozens of grantees to fulfill TVTP’s mission to prevent incidents of domestic violent extremism, as well as to strengthen efforts to counter online radicalization and advocacy. against violence. In the press release announcing the $20 million investment, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said the agency is providing local communities and organizations, including those “historically underserved,” with the resources needed to become more effective partners to enhance security and help Americans feel safe. In the announcement, DHS reveals that it has encouraged applicants from various groups and conducted an extensive outreach campaign to various public and nonprofit sectors. In fact, the agency writes that among this year’s priorities are “promoting equity in rewards and engaging underserved communities in prevention.”

Part of the TVTP’s money – $7 million – will be spent on the media literacy campaign, which will largely focus on tackling “disinformation and disinformation”. The Carter Center, which was founded by the former Democratic president, is receiving $99,372 to implement its media literacy program. The goal is to fill gaps in media literacy in the United States in the context of targeted violence and terrorism prevention to demonstrate the effectiveness of mitigating the harms of disinformation, according to DHS . “This partnership would allow The Carter Center to deploy its curriculum modules over a two-year period in multiple classrooms targeting a broad population between the ages of 18 and 60,” DHS wrote in its recent announcement. “Media literacy trainings build abilities to assess media sources, assess media intent, interpret media messages, understand how the brain processes information, understanding of how online media shapes perception, recognizing false and misleading information, investigating suspicious allegations, and practicing good media hygiene.”

The University of Rhode Island will receive $701,612 to combat misinformation, conspiracy theories, and propaganda that have become large-scale social issues that shape the way citizens see facts, define truth, and make decisions , according to the DHS. The university will use taxpayer dollars to create initiatives that help people critically analyze information, digital media and popular culture for the benefit of all members of society by “diminishing the allure of us versus them thinking that activates strong emotions and oversimplifies ideas and information”. .” The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars will receive $750,000 to create an “educational digital game” designed to help students understand the different strategies used to spread disinformation and combat it at the institutional level. Uran’s Rural Action, a group fighting for “more inclusive democracy” across ideological and racial differences, will receive $769,190 to create a “local prevention framework.”

Above is just a sampling of the groups that will line their coffers with public funds for this fictional crisis created by the Biden administration to control information. Many more are getting six figures from the government for this nonsense. “Misinformation, conspiracy theories, and propaganda have become large-scale social problems, shaping the way citizens view facts, define truth, and make decisions,” according to the DHS grant document.

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