Richard Stengel, the Biden transition “Team Lead” for the US Agency for Global Media, appeared to defend the use of propaganda in 2018.
“My old job at the State Department was what people used to joke as the chief propagandist,” Stengel said during a 2018 event.
“I’m not against propaganda,” he added “Every country does it, and they have to do it to their own population. And I don’t necessarily think it’s that awful.”
— Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal) November 11, 2020
In addition, Stengel wrote in a Washington Post Op last year he supports restrictions on free speech.
Stengel writes “as a government official traveling around the world championing the virtues of free speech, I came to see how our First Amendment standard is an outlier. Even the most sophisticated Arab diplomats that I dealt with did not understand why the First Amendment allows someone to burn a Koran. Why, they asked me, would you ever want to protect that?”
He continues “It’s a fair question. Yes, the First Amendment protects the “thought that we hate,” but it should not protect hateful speech that can cause violence by one group against another. In an age when everyone has a megaphone, that seems like a design flaw.”