AMAC Exclusive – By Andrew Abbott
When Biden’s Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas announced the creation of a “Disinformation Governance Board” late last month, it touched off a wave of backlash from Republican and Democrat lawmakers alike, who raised concerns about First Amendment implications. Far from subsiding, that criticism from both elected officials and the American people has only continued to grow. Even with record-high inflation and gas prices, skyrocketing crime rates, and a worsening border crisis, the establishment of a government body reminiscent of 1984’s Ministry of Truth may prove to be one of Biden’s most unpopular and disastrous moves yet.
Following the 2020 election, fervent warnings about “disinformation” and “misinformation” have become a favorite tactic of the progressive left to try to silence their opposition and distract from their own governing failures. Since Biden took office, White House officials have insisted or implied that everything from reports of empty store shelves to rising crime are nothing more than “disinformation” by Republicans to discredit Democrats.
Now, conservatives fear that the Disinformation Governance Board may use the power of the federal government to target anyone who dares dissent from the White House’s established narratives. Instead of the White House press secretary simply claiming that accurate claims about empty store shelves are untrue, for example, critics fear the Board is poised to actively try to silence anyone who criticizes Biden over such shortages.
Since announcing the creation of the Board, the administration has also attempted to downplay its significance in an apparent attempt to quell some of the backlash, first by branding it as an “internal working group” and then by saying that the Board will only target disinformation that “threatens the security of the United States.” To accomplish this, the Board says that it will establish “standards, definitions, guidelines, and policies” and will focus on disinformation distributed by American adversaries like China, Russia, and Iran.
However, Biden’s pick to lead the Board undercuts both of those claims. Nina Jankowicz, a “disinformation fellow” at the Wilson Center, a top liberal think tank in D.C., is far from nonpartisan and has actively engaged in real disinformation herself throughout her career in Democratic politics. During the 2020 election, for instance, Jankowicz dismissed the shocking documents recovered from Hunter Biden’s Laptop as “a product of the Trump campaign,” despite ample evidence that they were authentic.
Though Jankowicz says she has spent the last decade studying, lecturing, and writing about so-called “disinformation campaigns” online, she also appears wholly unable to recognize real disinformation when she sees it. For example, she has in the past praised the work of former spy Christopher Steele in compiling the infamous “Steele Dossier,” now a widely discredited piece of propaganda known to be fabricated by the Clinton campaign. Even more alarmingly, she was praised by the Chinese Communist Party in 2020 for dismissing the “Lab-Leak” COVID-19 origin theory as “a pro-Trump talking point.”
Jankowicz has also raised eyebrows for her social media antics, including a TikTok video of her adapting the Mary Poppins tune “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” to be about fake news, and a lewd rendition of the classic Christmas song “My Simple Christmas Wish.” Such cringe-worthy videos have critics questioning how Jankowicz can be taken seriously in such a controversial and potentially dangerous position.
Conservatives have been quick to point out how the Board might easily be abused by the Biden administration to shut down legitimate political discourse and criticism. In a letter to Mayorkas, Missouri Senator Josh Hawley slammed Biden as attempting to “marshal the power of the federal government to censor conservative and dissenting speech,” before demanding that the Board be dissolved. During a Senate hearing, Rand Paul of Kentucky similarly called out Mayorkas, saying, “You can’t even admit what the truth is with the Steele Dossier. I don’t trust government to figure out what the truth is.”
Even some liberals are questioning the wisdom of such an audacious move for an already unpopular administration. Bill Maher said conservatives were “right to compare this to Orwell in the ‘Ministry of Truth,’” while also referring to Jankowicz as “not bright.” Democratic Rep. Jim Himes called himself “deeply skeptical” about the Board’s mission. Even mainstream media outlets, normally quick to jump to Biden’s defense, have been uncharacteristically absent from the conversation, merely reporting on the issue rather than actively engaging in shaping the public’s view of it.
It’s no secret that Americans on both sides of the aisle hold their right to free speech as especially sacred. As Biden looks to curb that freedom, he risks making an enemy of them all. Republicans aiming to defund and disband Biden’s Ministry of Truth may thus be in the rare position of having the support of ordinary voters of all political persuasions, while Democrats up and down the ballot may have yet another unforced Biden blunder weighing them down heading into the midterms.
Andrew Abbott is the pen name of a writer and public affairs consultant with over a decade of experience in DC at the intersection of politics and culture.
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Folks, please, Biden has NO power and makes no decisions himself. “For God’s sake…” he can’t even complete an intelligent sentence in his speeches. Everything is written for him and he is coached heavily. He is also most probably heavily medicated when not in public. I hope sometime in the future one of his aides, close friends or family member feels the weight of this Presidential and Constitutional travesty on their conscience and confesses to the American people.
May 19th NYP article states the Biden administration has put its plans on hold & Nina has resigned. It has quotes from Nina. See, we can influence the outcome. We have the POWER!!!!!!!!
This is Communism. They have radically changed our government as they said they would do. Biden is more of a dictator than a president, which the creation of this group has proven. He is backed by all of the radical Democrats who are using Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals to bring us down. The next move will be to start the civil war, which will necessitate the confiscation of all guns. Study the rules so you can see what is happening every day!!!!!!!!!!!
Just like people followed Karl Marx, socialists are following the advice of another dead radical. The control of elections is key to finalizing the process.
It’s on pause, that’s a plus.
The more ‘blunders’ and exposure of evil, Communist plans the better for America.
We need to determine who is running this puppet and HANG THEM for Treason.
Everything that comes out of Biden’s mouth is a lie. PERIOD
This is just another way to CENSOR! I don’t want anyone to make the decision of what is Truth or disinformation which really means a lie. (Opposite of dis-information or Lying, would be The Truth). No one but God Almighty should define Truth and Disinformation! We humans do not need to have a liberal democrat telling us what is Truth or a Lie! What is this “disinformation group” going to do with the disinformation they supposedly find-will the whole nation be subjective to the decision made by this group, and will we be “punished” if we don’t agree? This is NOT what any government should be doing/deciding for anyone!
Biden’s Blunder has come to an end! She’s gone, she quit today, May 18, 2022. Only 3 weeks on the job. I wonder how it will be “spinned” by Biden or any of his staff? Maybe the new Psaki replacement will also need to “circle back”, as I’ve already heard her use this phrase.
well, it’s not as though we didn’t know what dems are.
Are yhey getting these ideas from “1984”?
The big liar himself (Biden) wants to be the arbiter of truth…ha ha ha ha!!
The big liar himself (Biden) wants to be the arbiter of truth! Ha ha ha ha! Who would believe this is America? We have an empty suit sitting in the White House telling us what the truth is!! Yeah, right!
Instead of just blabbing about it, why isn’t something being done about it. All we get is Blah, blah, blah, and more blah!!
All the radical democrats need now is a reason to confiscate our guns. I would be very suspicious of anything that goes on from now on. I would have to ask myself, “Is this real?” or “Is this a plot by the CIA or other agencies to cause a reason for gun confiscation?”
Watch closely. These monsters have to be exposed, especially if they are wanting us to kill or hurt other American citizens. We are all, liberal and conservatives alike, just pawns in these Elites games of Chess!
Biden’s biggest blunder is he is still alive…Barley. The old stinky Zero is just that.
This is simply stunning. In addition, using the Mary Poppins song is a totally absurd introduction to a deadly serious matter. This cannot be allowed. How stupid the Left perceives the public…even their own people.
They all think they are a bunch of Hollywood stars! Just look at what the Obamas have done in Hollywood!!!
The program is on “pause,” and Jankeowicz has resigned.
May 19th NYP article states this. It has quotes from Nina. See, we can influence the outcome. We have the POWER!!!!!!!!
Just another attempt by Biden to control the population. Bring back common sense for both parties and stop trying to get re-elected
We the people will speak
More and more Federal control We need to vote Republican in all races. Now and upcoming, to save the country and freedom!
Well, you all effin’ DESERVE this – and more to come. If the Repubs repeal Roe vs Wade, women will never even wanna hear from Repubs. They will automatically vote Democrats and Democrats automatically will increase the power of the State. America will become a one party system, with Repubs being a nominal minority. But I think so far, the Retarded Repubs well deserved this situation by alienating voters with their STUPIDITY.
Personally, I don’t really care much – I don’t have kids. I will watch America slowly slide into a dictatorship.
If RvW is overturned it will put abortion in the hands of each state. It does not mean it goes away. Get educated before you SPEAK!!!!!
Thank you J Regs… That sums it up concisely…In other words, RVW never should have happened in the first place…
# 1 – the Republicans cannot repeal anything, it is up to the Judicial branch.
# 2 – The last thing on 80% of the peoples mind is killing babies; we are worried about our border, our security, inflation, gas prices ….
# 3 – You ARE watching America slide into worse than dictatorship … you are watching us turn into a communist nation run by Beijing Biden and hos merry band of idiots!
Spoken like an indoctrinated Communist. Well done, Commie, well done.
Biden had little choice in following the plan layed out by George Orwell and partially funded by China and George Soros in the textbook “1984”. Will Putin save America with a nuclear strike on Washington?
One can only hope!!