MADISON — If Big Government hasn’t gotten Big Brother enough for you, welcome to President Biden’s “Disinformation Governance Board.”
U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Oshkosh) wants more information on what the Biden administration plans to do with its Orwellian agency.
“The Biden Administration has not proven itself to be a credible arbiter of ‘disinformation.’ Instead, it has taken steps to silence information that is unflattering to this Administration under the guise of ‘disinformation.’ For example, unnamed intelligence officials, the media, and social media platforms engaged in a coordinated effort to censor stories about Hunter Biden’s laptop and his questionable financial dealings under the false label of ‘disinformation,’” the senator wrote in a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Last week, Mayorkas informed the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security that a Disinformation Governance Board had recently been created to combat falsehoods and distortions on the internet. Jen Psaki, Biden’s spin doctor of disinformation, confirmed the president supported it.
Johnson, former chairman and current member of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, blasted the Biden administration’s version of Politifact and its first executive director, Nina Jankowicz. The senator noted that Jankowicz has been a font of misinformation online.
She has repeatedly falsely tweeted that the Hunter Biden laptop story wan’t legitimate, although the new “disinformation czar” joined a lot of bad and lazy journalists on that front.
“Back on the ‘laptop from hell,’ apparently—Biden notes 50 former natsec officials and 5 former CIA heads that believe the laptop is a Russian influence op. Trump says ‘Russia, Russia, Russia,’” Jankowicz tweeted in October 2020.
In another tweet she wrote, “IC has a high degree of confidence that the Kremlin used proxies to push influence narratives, including misleading or unsubstantiated claims about President Biden, to US media, officials, and influencers, some close to President Trump. A clear nod to the alleged Hunter laptop.” And she referred to the origins of how the media came into possession of the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop as a “fairy tale about a laptop repair shop.”
IC has a high degree of confidence that the Kremlin used proxies to push influence narratives, including misleading or unsubstantiated claims about President Biden, to US media, officials, and influencers, some close to President Trump.
A clear nod to the alleged Hunter laptop.
— Nina Jankowicz 🇺🇦🇺🇸 (@wiczipedia) March 16, 2021
Jankowicz also posted tweets pushing the Trump-Russia collusion hoax and another implying the United States is as corrupt as Ukraine.
The administration hasn’t provided much in the way of details about the new agency. Psaki last week would only say the board will monitor information on everything from the pandemic to elections.
Conservatives — and anyone who cares about free speech, really — have criticized the board as more big government devouring individual liberties. Some have likened the “Disinformation Governance Board” to the Ministry of Truth in George Orwell’s dystopian classic novel, 1984. The ministry’s mission is to monitor and correct historical records to comport with the public relations message of Big Brother, the head of the novel’s totalitarian party.
Word of the Biden bureau preceded a report released Friday that found the FBI conducted as many as 3.4 million warrantless searches on Americans’ electronic data in 2021.
Johnson directed Homeland Security to answer the following questions by the end of this week.
- Provide the statute allowing DHS to create the Disinformation Board, appoint board members, and assign or hire staff.
- How does DHS define “misinformation”?
- What does DHS consider to be “irregular migration”?
- What does DHS consider to be misinformation about irregular migration?
- What DHS component or office is responsible for monitoring and collecting data on “misinformation”? How many staff are tasked with this assignment? What are their job descriptions and classifications?
- What specific actions does DHS intend to take to “counter misinformation”?
“I am concerned DHS’s Disinformation Board will only serve to silence or censor those voices critical of your disastrous policies and serve a political cover for your failure to secure the border,” Johnson wrote in the letter.