The Biden administration has put a “pause” on its Disinformation Governance Board not because it resembled the totalitarian Ministry of Truth in Orwell’s “1984,” but because of a right-wing “disinformation” smear campaign, according to the Washington Post.
Ironically, according to the paper, it was disinformation that sank the administration’s initiative to combat disinformation.
Department of Homeland Security employees disclosed that the department had decided on Monday to put the board on hold amid a public backlash. On Tuesday, the board’s executive director, Nina Jankowicz, drafted a resignation letter.
The Post lamented that Jankowicz’s “experience is a prime example of how the right-wing Internet apparatus operates, where far-right influencers attempt to identify a target, present a narrative and then repeat mischaracterizations across social media and websites with the aim of discrediting and attacking anyone who seeks to challenge them.”
The paper said it also “shows what happens when institutions, when confronted with these attacks, don’t respond effectively.”
“Experts say,” the Post then informed its readers, “that right-wing disinformation and smear campaigns regularly follow the same playbook and that it’s crucial that the public and leaders of institutions, especially in the government, the media and educational bodies, understand more fully how these cycles operate.”
The widespread criticism of the board, however, centered on the fundamental problem of creating a government entity with the task of censoring speech and equipping it with the power to define what kind of speech constitutes a “threat” to the homeland.
For 25 years, WND has boldly brought you the news that really matters. If you appreciate our Christian journalists and their uniquely truthful reporting and analysis, please help us by becoming a WND Insider!
The ultimate irony is that legitimate criticism of the board – simply citing, for example, the many time Jankowicz attacked claims or narratives as disinformation that turned out to be true – is being characterized as disinformation.
Jankowicz, for example, dismissed as “Russian disinformation” the Hunter Biden laptop containing evidence that the president runs a multimillion-dollar global influence peddling operation. The establishment “paper of record,” the New York Times, has belatedly acknowledged the laptop and the texts and other messages on its hard drive are authentic.
As a “disinformation fellow” at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Jankowicz must have been aware of the “Russian disinformation” that was perfected by the Soviet Union to maintain the totalitarian state. Among the government agencies that promoted false narratives and suppressed the truth were the Department for Agitation and Propaganda and the General Directorate for the Protection of State Secrets in the Press.
Critics of the Biden administration’s Disinformation Governance Board also pointed out that Jankowicz promoted the debunked claim concocted by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Obama administration that Donald Trump colluded with Russia to win the 2016 presidential election.
In a speech last November, Jankowicz branded parents across the nation voicing their concern to school boards about the teaching of Critical Race Theory as disinformers “weaponizing” the issue “for profit.”
Significantly, she advocated government-prescribed speech standards for online content during virtual testimony before the British Parliament. And she thought it was a good idea to have Twitter posts that conflict with the current establishment narrative “edited” by enlightened experts, which included herself.
See Jankowicz’s remarks about ‘editing’ tweets:
NEW – Biden’s new “disinformation” czar wants “trustworthy verified people” like her to be able to “add context” to other people’s tweets.pic.twitter.com/V4mLNsB5HV
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) May 10, 2022
Last month, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testified to a House panel regarding the board, telling lawmakers it would be tasked with countering “the threat” of disinformation regarding homeland security, particularly related to Russia and illegal immigration.
‘Loathsome bad faith right wing messaging operation’
Buzzfeed reporter Joe Bernstein tried to take a middle-of-the-road approach to the disinformation board and the reaction to it.
“Two things can be true: Something can be subject to a loathsome bad faith right wing messaging operation and still be a horribly misconceived and underthought fiasco,” he wrote on Twitter.
However, Bernstein, at least on Twitter, didn’t say what “good faith” criticism of “a horribly misconceived and underthought fiasco” might look like.
Meanwhile, in an MSNBC panel discussion, former Fox News reporter Carl Cameron suggest it may be time to start putting people in jail for spreading misinformation.
Carl Cameron says it’s time to maybe start putting people in jail for misinformation. Said this on MSNBC. pic.twitter.com/hn3Ophq7MA
— Ryan Grim (@ryangrim) May 17, 2022
EDITOR’S NOTE: Last year, America’s doctors, nurses and paramedics were celebrated as frontline heroes battling a fearsome new pandemic. Today, under Joe Biden, tens of thousands of these same heroes are denounced as rebels, conspiracy theorists, extremists and potential terrorists. Along with massive numbers of police, firemen, Border Patrol agents, Navy SEALs, pilots, air-traffic controllers, and countless other truly essential Americans, they’re all considered so dangerous as to merit termination, their professional and personal lives turned upside down due to their decision not to be injected with the experimental COVID vaccines. Biden’s tyrannical mandate threatens to cripple American society – from law enforcement to airlines to commercial supply chains to hospitals. It’s already happening. But the good news is that huge numbers of “yesterday’s heroes” are now fighting back – bravely and boldly. The whole epic showdown is laid out as never before in the sensational October issue of WND’s monthly Whistleblower magazine, titled “THE GREAT AMERICAN REBELLION: ‘We will not comply!’ COVID-19 power grab ignites bold new era of national defiance.”
Content created by the WND News Center is available for re-publication without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a large audience. For licensing opportunities of our original content, please contact [email protected].
This article was originally published by the WND News Center.