White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki won’t shoot straight with Americans about what the Department of Homeland Security’s new Orwellian “Disinformation Board” will actually do.
When Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked her about the purpose of this ‘Ministry of Truth,’ Psaki gave a typical obfuscatory response. Watch:
“Does he want the people on this board to start censoring information that is not helpful to him?” Peter Doocy asked her.
“Well, let me be clear on exactly what this board does or what the work they are doing does,” Psaki replied. “In their announcement, which is publicly available on the Department of Homeland Security website for anyone to read, it says quote, ‘The primary mission is to establish best practices to ensure that efforts to understand and respond to diinformation are done in ways that protect privacy, civil rights and civil liberties and the right to free speec’h.”
“But, okay,” Doocy replied. “There’s this woman, Nina Jankowicz, who is going to be in charge of the board, she has said that she thinks that the Hunter Biden laptop is Russian disinformation, so should we look forward in the future to her censoring internet traffic about the Hunter Biden laptop?”
“I think I noted exactly what the objective of the board is and continuing the work of the prior administration, and the woman, you noted, has extensive experience and has done extensive work addressing disinformation,” Psaki replied. “She has testified before Congress, testified in Europe, she has done worked closely with the Ukrainians and has unique expertise, especially at this moment we’re facing.”
As earlier reported, Jankowicz played an active role in downplaying the authenticity of the Hunter Biden laptop ahead of the 2020 elections.
“President Biden has set up a toothless ‘disinformation’ board headed-up by a woke so-called expert who’s against free speech and tried to pour cold water on the Hunter laptop scandal,” the Daily Mail reported.
“Nina Jankowicz will head The Department of Homeland Security’s Disinformation Governance Board as executive director, Politico Playbook reported Wednesday morning,” the report noted.
“Homeland Security Secretary Alejandor Mayorkas did not disclose any powers that would be granted to the dystopian-sounding board while addressing lawmakers on Wednesday,” the report added. “He explained that the board would work to tackle disinformation ahead of the November midterms, particularly in Hispanic communities.”
“But Mayorkas did say that the new board would come under the Biden-era Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships (CP3), meaning it would have no powers to crack down on disinformation and will instead try to combat it by throwing money at what it sees as problems,” the Mail reported.
Jankowicz announced on Wednesday that she would be leading the DHS’s new Disinformation Board.
Here's my official portrait to grab your attention. Now that I've got it: a HUGE focus of our work, and indeed, one of the key reasons the Board was established, is to maintain the Dept's committment to protecting free speech, privacy, civil rights, & civil liberties. 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/C4xiEGfhDt
— Nina Jankowicz 🇺🇦🇺🇸 (@wiczipedia) April 27, 2022
“Cat’s out of the bag: here’s what I’ve been up to the past two months, and why I’ve been a bit quiet on here,” Jankowicz said. “Honored to be serving in the Biden Administration @DHSgov and helping shape our counter-disinformation efforts.”
She also added her official portrait and said, “Now that I’ve got it: a HUGE focus of our work, and indeed, one of the key reasons the Board was established, is to maintain the Dept’s committment to protecting free speech, privacy, civil rights, & civil liberties.”
However, despite her purported interest in protecting “free speech” and “civil liberties,” she issued a recent statement that strongly suggests she is no fan of Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter.
“Last week I told @NPRMichel: I shudder to think about if free speech absolutists were taking over more platforms, what that would look like for the marginalized communities… which are already shouldering… disproportionate amounts of this abuse,” she claimed.
Even more damning, Nina Jankowicz admitted to Congress in 2020 that she did not believe the government should be in the business of telling the public what is and isn’t ‘disinformation.’ Watch:
“Thank you very much, Congressman,” she said. “I totally understand your aversion to the idea that government would fight back against disinformation. In fact, you know, the use of that term has been basically the foundation to some very draconian fake news laws in places like Russia, or even Singapore. I do not believe that government should be in that business either.”
Jankowicz’s track record of partisan statements on issues such as the Hunter Biden laptop story shows why the government should not be in the business of policing the news media for ‘disinformation.’ It is also naive to expect a presidential administration that would set up such a body to be forthright with the American people about what it actually does. It will all become clearer when Americans start being censored and the lawsuits start flying.
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