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Chicago student slams ‘misinformation’ lecture as ‘indoctrination session’, says it pushed ‘propaganda’


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University of Chicago student Christopher Phillips took aim at the so-called “disinformation” conference his school held last week that garnered national attention.

The “Disinformation and the Erosion of Democracy” conference, co-hosted by The Atlantic magazine and the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, brought together high-profile journalists and politicians, including the former President Obama, to discuss how to combat what they see as deliberate misinformation. which is shared. But Phillips said they were “all on board” with the same mission.

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“It was a massive indoctrination session,” Phillips told Fox News Digital in an interview. “It was basically a conference started to spread propaganda. And it was all from one point of view, there was no point of view from the other side, that we really have to preserve the freedom of the press.”

University of Chicago student Christopher Phillips (Fox News Digital).
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Phillips, a college freshman and writer for The Chicago Thinker student newspaper who went viral for grilling CNN media correspondent Brian Stelter, hit out at another speaker who argued that reporters from the mainstream media must be the “gatekeepers” of journalism, something he called “scary” because it would eliminate “alternative perspectives on things”.

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“So this conference, I believe the real purpose of it was to spread an agenda, to spread political beliefs that the media has been trying to put out into the public arena for a long time, which is to say that we we’re not going to pretend to tolerate any more other points of view,” Phillips said. “We’re going to weaponize Big Tech and various other outlets or outlets to weed out other perspectives in journalism and make sure we’re the only ones who can talk about certain issues.”

Phillips told Fox News Digital that The Chicago Thinker’s “number one criterion” is not political or writing ability, but rather “bravery.”

“You have to be brave to speak your mind and not conform to the crowd,” Phillips said. Our motto is “Outthink the Mob” because at the end of the day, in an institution like this…it’s still a predominantly leftist institution. And so we get a lot of flack for our views and for saying what we say, so you have to be brave to join The Chicago Thinker.”

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He continued, “Our mission is basically to push the news and fight campus madness and do it from a conservative perspective, which are values ​​that aren’t really shared often on campus. So we want to bring a lot of things that happen on campus, which ultimately a lot of things that happen here, it goes into the corporate world and is rooted in society, so it’s sort of the birthplace of theology awakened. We want to shine a light on that for the outside world.”


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