Biden Administration

The Courts vs. Misinformation Cops

Plus: A listener questions last week’s discussion of the Supreme Court's decision involving same-sex wedding websites and free expression.


In this week's The Reason Roundtable, editors Matt Welch, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, and Peter Suderman mull over last week's ruling against the Biden administration concerning politically disfavored speech on social media as well as Twitter's latest competitor—Threads—and the latest from the Ron DeSantis campaign.

0:25: A federal judge orders Biden administration officials to stop encouraging social media companies to censor disfavored content.

19:57: Threads: Meta's Twitter competitor

31:50: Weekly Listener Question

39:14: The "Mamas for DeSantis" initiative

51:08: This week's cultural recommendations

Mentioned in this podcast:

"Social media injunction unravels plans to protect 2024 elections," by Cat Zakrzewski, Naomi Nix, and Joseph Menn

"Federal Judge to Biden Administration: Stop Telling Social Media Sites To Limit Free Speech," by Eric Boehm

"Journalists Outraged That a Judge Would Dare Limit Biden's Censorship Powers," by Robby Soave

"'Mamas for DeSantis' Is Proof: The DeSantis Campaign Is Too Online," by Emma Camp

"US podcast misinformation goes largely unchecked," by Rob Lever

"'Build the wall,' Florida gubernatorial tells his young daughter in campaign ad," by Erin B. Logan

Casey DeSantis' "Mamas for DeSantis" campaign ad on Twitter

"Ron DeSantis: Good or Bad for Liberty?" by Nick Gillespie and Zach Weissmueller with Karol Markowicz

"What DeSantis Did to Disney's Dream City," by Zach Weissmueller

"The Casey DeSantis Problem: 'His Greatest Asset and His Greatest Liability,'" by Michael Kruse

Ron DeSantis' "Top Gov" 2022 ad

Ron DeSantis' pro-Trump 2018 gubernatorial ad

"How 'disinformation' became public enemy No. 1," by Nick Gillespie and Zach Weissmueller with Jacob Siegel

"Did SCOTUS roll back gay rights and civil rights?" by Nick Gillespie with Coleman Hughes and Walter Olson

"'60s Songs That Explain the '90s': 'Tubthumping' and the Chart-Topping Anarchists," by Rob Harvilla

"A Strange Museum Takes a Strange Turn," by Stephen Wahrhaftig

Send your questions to Be sure to include your social media handle and the correct pronunciation of your name.

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Audio production by Ian Keyser; assistant production by Hunt Beaty.

Music: "Angeline," by The Brothers Steve