The Biden administration’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced this week that it has launched what is called a Disinformation Governance Council, to combat “misinformation.”
A government agency creating a “ministry of truth” to combat what it considers misinformation? And it’s going to fall under DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas? The guy who presides over the worst border crisis of our lifetime, who publicly denies it’s a crisis, while privately admitting it? Who better to give more
accountability — in a democracy that largely rejects government intervention at the expense of free speech? What could go wrong?
The person chosen to lead this new “Committee on Public Information” under Mayorkas is Nina Jankowicz, who calls herself a “companion of disinformation” and a Russian disinformation expert.
It’s always a fun game to play: Let’s say Governor Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) had decided to create a “Disinformation Governance Council” in the state of Florida. And to lead that effort, let’s say he chose someone who once openly pushed a partisan conspiracy theory. You can only imagine the exclamations about a “chilling assault on democracy” and totalitarianism rearing its ugly head in the Sunshine State.
Here’s what Mayorkas’ choice to lead Biden’s ‘Ministry of Truth’ once said about Hunter Biden’s infamous laptop, which many on the left and in the media dismissed as Russian disinformation in the weeks leading up to it. the 2020 elections.
“We should consider it a product of the Trump campaign,” Jankowicz said of the story at the time. “Not to mention that emails don’t need to be edited to be part of an influencer campaign. Voters deserve this context, not a [fairy] story of a laptop repair shop,” she also tweeted in October 2020.
Well, it turns out the laptop from hell is really just that for Hunter Biden and possibly his father, the incumbent president. The New York Times and The Washington Post, which both have the same conspiracy theory that the laptop came from Russia to hurt Joe Biden and help Donald Trump, recently confirmed that the laptop and its contents belong to Hunter Biden. A federal investigation into Hunter is growing, with reports that he may have violated money laundering, tax and foreign lobbying laws.
The new head of the “Ministry of Truth” isn’t tweeting much about this investigation these days. Why is that?
Jankowicz was also a huge fan of the now discredited (and laughable) Steele dossier. Here’s what she tweeted about a guest appearance Steele made on something called the Infotagion podcast: “I listened to this last night. Chris Steele (yes THAT Chris Steele) provides excellent historical context on the evolution of misinformation. It’s worth listening to.
Steele’s sources have since been found to be unreliable. His allegations of Russian collusion with the Trump campaign, Russian prostitutes and “pee tapes” – are also not credible. Yet Jankowicz once recommended that we listen “ONLY to Chris Steele” when it comes to misinformation.
And here’s what she tweeted in days on Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter: “Last week I told @NPRMICHEL: I shudder to think if free speech absolutists take over more platforms, what it would look like for marginalized communities… who already bear… disproportionate amounts of this abuse.
This pro-Steele anti-Musker will report to Mayorkas, who said in congressional testimony this week that he inherited “a broken and dismantled immigration and border security system” from the administration. Trump and that “only Congress can solve this problem”. He added: “Yet we have effectively managed an unprecedented number of non-nationals seeking to enter the United States.”
Border crossings soared under Biden-Mayorkas, topping around 2 million in 2021. The numbers were nowhere near those under Trump. It was the Biden administration that stopped construction of the border wall and ended an effective “stay in Mexico” policy for asylum seekers. It was Biden who, as the presidential candidate, urged migrants to “cross the border” – and they listened.
The guy whose agency is launching a Disinformation Governance Council also, without evidence, accused his own Border Patrol agents of whipping migrants, saying it “painfully evokes the worst elements of our country’s ongoing battle. against systemic racism”.
You get the point. Mayorkas and Jankowicz are two of the last people who should lead a “ministry of truth”. And the US government shouldn’t have even considered creating something like this to be run by partisans with political agendas.
Yet this horrible idea has apparently been in the works for some time among Democrats.
“There is absolutely a commission that is being discussed, but it seems to be more about investigating style rather than truth and reconciliation,” said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN .Y.) in an Instagram video in 2018. “I think several members of Congress in some of my discussions have brought up media literacy because that’s part of what’s happened here. We’re going to have to figure out how Master our media environment so you can’t just spew misinformation and misinformation.
“Rein in our media environment” – how comforting, coming from AOC. Here’s what she said in a 2018 “60 Minutes” interview, when asked how she was vetted on her questionable public comments:
“People really want to blow up a number here or a word there. I would say that they lack the forest for the trees. I think there are many people more concerned with being precisely, factually, and semantically correct than with being morally correct.
What a fascinating way to define truth: Hey, it’s not that important to be factually correct, as long as a person is, from their own point of view, morally correct.
Perhaps Mayorkas can add AOC — who seemed genuinely concerned about conditions at border facilities until a Democratic president suddenly knocked him out — as an honorary spokesperson for the new “Ministry of Truth.” “.
The Biden administration says it simply wants to fight misinformation. The best way to start might be to purchase a large mirror. When you blame Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine for inflation that’s been rising for more than a year, or blame Trump for the current state of the US border, or say democracy is at stake if voting rights are not federalized, then the business of arbiters of truth is not where it should be.
Joe Concha is a media and political columnist.