You would think the Federal Government had a decent grasp on background check. For instance, if they were hiring someone to be in charge of stopping disinformation in America, an honest American would imagine our state made sure the potential hire was not currently circulating disinformation on Chinese owned apps. However, in the case of Nina Jankowicz, we would be wrong in our hopes.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas admitted he was “not aware” of some of the videos Nina Jankowicz – the anticipated new head of the Biden Disinformation Governance Board – had created and shared on social media.
“When the department picked [Nina Jankowicz], was the department aware of her Tik Tok videos?” Senator John Kennedy asked Mayorkas during a hearing on Tuesday.
“I was not aware of those videos,” Mayorkas replied.
Even long before that admission, many have criticized the DHS for choosing someone who has been deeply involved in spreading disinformation online as their chief advisor on this issue.
For example, Jankowicz routinely called the Hunter Biden laptop ‘disinformation.’ Which Mayorkas also conceded that he didn’t know about.
All this creates understandable concerns regarding Mayorkas and this new “Ministry of Truth” operation because it seems as though the DHS did not conduct a thorough review of Jankowicz’s background and past work before appointing her to this important role.
Now, serious questions about whether Jankowicz is qualified and credible enough to serve as the primary arbiter of information on government websites and social media platforms are more relevant than ever.
Americans also feel incredibly distrustful of the organization due to its overt vagueness when describing what it will do and how it will protect free speech.
For instance, during a recent airing of CNN’s “State of the Union,” Mayorkas was asked, “what exactly will this disinformation board do?”
His response: “The fact is that disinformation that creates a threat to the security of the homeland is our responsibility to address.”
Mayorkas then went on to reassure that the board will be “absolutely” neutral, even though most Americans think differently.
“I can assure you that this is not going to be a board that’s silencing anyone,” Mayorkas added. “It’s neither the intent nor will it be the effect of this group.”
But if Jankowicz’s past social media posts are any indication of her future behavior, then it seems likely that she will use her position to silence the voices of many conservative Americans.
What’s even more concerning is that this new board may be used as a tool by politicians to combat criticism, rather than disinformation “threats.”
We have seen this tactic routinely from Democrats who consider Republican political speech as “dangerous” and “harmful” on many occasions. Just look at what they are claiming about Tucker Carlson’s show.
Even last month, for example, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said that Republicans who question the election results are “engaging in an act of sedition.”
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) also went after GOP senators who were considering objecting to the Electoral College results, saying that they were “playing with fire.”
These are just a few examples of how Democrats have tried to silence their political opponents by using terms like “disinformation” and “misinformation” to delegitimize any dissenting viewpoints.
Now, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the Biden administration plans to use this new board as a way to target and censor conservative Americans who disagree with his party.
But, in his defense, what other options does Biden have left at this point.