Nina Jankowicz, the fired ‘disinfo czar’ who fell for the Russia hoax and dismissed the Hunter Biden laptop story as fraudulent election-year disinformation, went on fake news CNN and blamed Biden for the Ministry of Truth’s demise.
Brian Stelter asked her what went wrong with the Ministry of Truth. She argued in Orwellian fashion that it was the victim of ‘disinformation.’
Jankowicz claimed the board was meant “to bring best practices to bear, and to make sure that we were up with the latest research, the latest trends, in disinformation and countering it and make sure that work was being done in a way that protected freedom of speech, protected civil rights, civil liberties, and privacy.”
“So, the sympathetic view, to you, is that the Disinformation Board was the victim of disinformation. Is that how you feel?” Stelter asked her.
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“Oh, it absolutely was the victim of disinformation,” she said. “So, all of these narratives, that the Disinformation Governance Board was going to be this ‘Ministry of Truth,’ and all of the harassment and disinformation that was directed against me, was based on that falsehood, based on that falsehood that was knowingly peddled by many people in the conservative media ecosystem and on Capitol Hill.”
Stelter then pressed her on the events that led to her ouster as the would-be Disinfo Czar.
“Yeah, I have a lot of misgivings about the way things went down and I think the first thing to point out, Brian, is that there was a disproportionate focus on me, given my level of power within the department,” she said.
“I was not allowed to speak on my own behalf, and frankly, all the communications decisions that were being made about how to talk about the board were made above my pay grade, and above my level of decision-making,” Jankowicz added. “I was the executive director, but there were a lot of people that were involved that didn’t take advice frankly that I had given them.”
Stelter didn’t quibble with the Ministry of Truth’s mission, but had some ‘helpful’ criticism from a Public Relations point-of-view.
“Look, I would start with the name,” he said. “Even just the name, right, Nina, it sounds Orwellian. And any PR professional would say don’t call it that, you know? There were just dumb mistakes made.”
The Disinformation Board’s name “belies the fact that it was meant to be an internal governing mechanism, governing how the Department of Homeland Security did its work on disinformation, not governing the internet,” she said.
“And that was one of the reasons that I ended up making the choice to resign, right?” Jankowicz said. “I felt like the government had just rolled over, to the critics, who had completely spun this narrative out of control based on absolutely nothing and reality and the fact that they weren’t able to defend me, the person that they had chosen, the experts that they had chosen to lead this board and safeguard this work.”
“It just didn’t feel like it was worth it, especially given the fact that my family was receiving threats,” she added.
So, Jankowicz clearly refuses to take any blame for the ill-conceived nature of the Disinformation Board and instead decides to play the victim and blame the Biden administration for its failure. Much like a dissident fleeing from a communist regime, American people really dodged a bullet.
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