Mayorkas defends disinformation czar Jankowicz — Calls her ‘eminently qualified, a renowned expert’

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WASHINGTON, DC — Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas was questioned by CNN’s Dana Bash over the Biden administration’s new and hastily created “Disinformation Governance Board,” which is tasked with controlling narratives on social media and other platforms.

Not surprisingly, the Big Brother Board is headed by Nina Jankowicz, a Karenesque leftist who pushes conspiracy theories and loves singing cringy and raunchy songs about wealth, fame and power.

More on that later.

Several people have criticized the Board as being an “Orwellian” tool to censor those who do not fall in line with the Biden administration’s views.

The newly minted Board has been compared to the creepy disinformation department, Ministry of Truth, which suppresses truth and promotes lies in George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984.”

Tulsi Gabbard, a former Democratic House member representing Hawaii, even suggested former President Barack Obama was most likely behind the creation of the Board.

The Hill reported that sources close to Obama said he’s been promoting the disinformation issue for at least a year, meeting “behind the scenes” with “academics, activists, media executives and former government officials.”

There is reason for Gabbard’s suspicion because Mayorkas announced the creation of the Disinformation Governance Board less than a week after Obama called for new regulations to control disinformation.

In a recent Stanford University speech, Obama blamed misinformation for causing COVID deaths and claimed content moderation on social media would promote “safety and quality.”

Two weeks prior to his speech, Obama had also called for “a combination of regulatory measures and industry norms” on technology platforms during a disinformation conference.

Yet, fellow Democrats such as Rep. Adam Schiff and Hillary Clinton have pushed now-debunked conspiracy theories regarding Russian collusion in elections and an alleged involvement in releasing the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop from hell.

Even The Washington Post noted Jankowicz pushed disinformation:

“Jankowicz, like many, had expressed reservations in late 2020 about whether Hunter Biden’s laptop was disinformation.

“In one tweet during a 2020 presidential debate, she summarized Donald Trump’s argument by saying, ‘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.’ She was separately quoted as saying of the laptop, ‘We should view it as a Trump campaign product’ because of top Trump allies’ role in pushing it.

“Republicans have argued with gusto that the story was overzealously dismissed as potential Russian disinformation. A thorough Post investigation recently validated thousands of emails from the laptop as apparently authentic.”

CNN’s Bash kicked off her interview with Mayorkas this past weekend by saying that the Board has been compared to the disinformation department in “1984” by many and then asked:

“Republicans are calling it ‘Orwellian’ and comparing it to the Ministry of Truth in the novel ‘1984.’ Can you clarify what exactly is this?

“What exactly will this Disinformation Governance Board do? Will it monitor American citizens?”

Mayorkas’ answers about the Board and Jankowicz were not very reassuring. He replied:

“Dana, I’m very pleased to do so.

“It’s clear, those criticisms are precisely the opposite of what this small working group within the Department of Homeland Security will do. 

“And I think we probably could have done a better job of communicating what it does and does not do.

“The fact is that disinformation that creates a threat to the security of the homeland is our responsibility to address.

“And this department has been addressing it for years.

“Throughout the years of the prior administration, on an ongoing basis, disinformation from Russia, China — ”

Bash cut him off and noted:

“Right. We know the problems, but it’s not still clear to me how this governance board will act. What will it do?”

Mayorkas explained the group would consider “best practices” and disseminate those to “operators” who would have “operational authority”:

“So, what it does is, it works to ensure that the way in which we address threats, the connectivity between threats and acts of violence, are addressed without infringing on free speech.

“Protecting civil rights and civil liberties. The right of privacy.

“And the board, this working group, internal working group, will draw from best practices and communicate those best practices to the operators because the board does not have operational authority.”

Bash then asked:

“Will American citizens be monitored?”

Mayorkas said, “No.”

Bash asked, “Guaranteed?”

Mayorkas then explained:

“So, what we do, we in the Department of Homeland Security don’t monitor American citizens.”

Bash then asked whether the newly formed Board would push for monitoring U.S. citizens.

Mayorkas replied:

“No, no, no. The Board does not have any operational authority or capability.

“What it will do is gather together best practices in addressing the threat of disinformation from foreign state adversaries, from the cartels, and disseminate those best practices to the operators that have been executing and addressing this threat for years.”

When Bash asked Mayorkas if Jankowicz would be neutral, he said “absolutely so” and noted that she was “eminently qualified, a renowned expert in the field of disinformation.”

Bash then asked whether Mayorkas would have accepted this Board if President Donald Trump had created it or becomes in charge of one in 2024.

Mayorkas chose not to answer that important question. Instead, he deflected and chose to spin it as a “best practices” move:

“I believe that this working group that gathers together best practices makes sure that our work is coordinated, consistent with those best practices, that we’re safeguarding the right of free speech, that we’re safeguarding civil liberties.

“I think it’s an extraordinarily important endeavor.”

Mayorkas’ appearances on weekend news programs were an attempt to defend the creation of the Board and its executive director.

On YouTube, there appears to be a super cringe video of Jankowicz singing, “My Simple Christmas Wish” in 2015.

New York Post reported:

“President Biden’s new disinformation czar Nina Jankowicz once belted out a raunchy parody version of a Christmas song — changing the lyrics to ask who she needed to ‘f–k’ to be ‘famous and powerful,’ according to resurfaced YouTube footage.

“‘I want to be rich, famous, and powerful! Step on all my enemies and never do a thing,’ Jankowicz sang in the clip from 2015. ‘Who do I f—k to be famous and powerful? I’ve done everything I can and now the rest is up to you,’ her version of ‘My Simple Christmas Wish (Rich, Famous, and Powerful)’ went. 

“The lyrics from Jankowicz were her own spin on the original 1998 song from David Friedman with ‘Who do I f—k’ replacing the original line of ‘who do I have to fake?’ 

“The footage was first unearthed by Breitbart and first uploaded to YouTube by the account LA TI DO.”

Other lyrics in her song on YouTube include:

“Ever since I was a baby, I have had one dream in mind, and each Christmas I think maybe it will finally come true.

“It’s a simple wish that everyone has had from time to time, so I know you’ll understand me when I share my dream with you.

“I want to be rich, famous and powerful.

“Step on all my enemies and never do a thing.

“I want to be rich, famous and powerful so all I have to do in life is sit around and sing.

“I don’t want to work, struggle or compromise.

“When I set a goal, I want to reach it right away because paying your dues — that’s just for other guys.

“As for me, I want what I want and I want it all today.

“I don’t want to audition. I don’t want to take class. I want to be discovered while I’m sitting on my ass.

“I should not have to struggle. I should not have to sweat. I tried that for 10 minutes once and look — what did I get?

“I’m still not rich, famous or powerful.

“Barbra Streisand, so why is she rich, famous and powerful while I’m still stuck here singing Christmas songs for all of you…?”

Well, you get the point.

Be afraid. Be very afraid when unhinged, power-hungry people warn you what their ultimate goals are.

The Disinformation Governance Board is a terrible idea, and the person at its helm is a hypocrite for pushing disinformation in the past.

We can and must do better.

 


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