Creepy-Sounding ‘Disinformation Board’ Faces Heavy Criticism; Elon Musk Calls it ‘Discomforting’ – Opinion

Wednesday, RedState brought you the story of the creepy-sounding “Disinformation Governance Board,’ and by Thursday, criticism of the Biden Administration’s plan was heating up. Rep. Jim Jordan blasted the idea Thursday at a House Judiciary Committee hearing, while Elon Musk called the move “discomforting” on Twitter.

The board was ostensibly set up to combat misinformation that causes “irregular migration,” Russian disinformation concerning our elections, and COVID misinformation. Many don’t buy the explanation, and believe at least one of its purposes is to censor conservatives and tamp down any criticism of the CDC or the Biden Administration.

Jordan took DHS Homeland Security Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas into custody

Secretary, Yesterday you announced that the Disinformation Governance Board was formed at DHS. Two months ago you published a fancy bulletin, in red, white, and blue. According to you, misleading narratives (mis-, dis- and mal-information), or MDM as they are known, undermine trust in government. I was just wondering, when the head of the CDC, Miss Walensky, said that the vaccinated can’t get the virus, did that undermine trust in government?

Jordan didn’t let up, listing several other incidents where the government put out information that turned out to be false, including that Hunter Biden’s “laptop from hell” was Russian government disinformation. Mayorkas retorted:

“Congressman, the disinformation board addresses disinformation that imperils the safety and security of our homeland. And one of the primary areas that we are focused on is the dissemination of disinformation and its potential connectivity–,” he said, but was quickly cut off by Jordan

“But that’s not what your bulletin talked about. It talked about COVID,” Jordan said. “It talked about COVID.”

Missouri Senator Josh Hawley kept going, and sent a letter to Mayorkas.

This announcement, admit it. I thought it was humor. No American government would use its power to judge the First Amendment speeches of their citizens. Unfortunately, my mistake was not so. Rather than protecting our border or the American homeland, you have chosen to make policing Americans’ speech your priority. This board, which is clearly unconstitutional, should be disbanded immediately.

Nina Jankowicz (executive director) is now facing the same criticism as herself peddled misinformation in the pastThis includes blaming Hunter Biden Laptop’s story about Russian disinformation. Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson wasn’t impressed, calling Jankowicz on Wednesday a “beacon of misinformation.” Hawley, meanwhile, called her a “leftist radical.”

Jankowicz defended herself, saying, “For those who believe this tweet is a key to all my views, it is simply a direct quote from both candidates during the final presidential debate. If you look at my timeline, you will see I was livetweeting that evening.”  Yes, livetweeting obvious falsehoods, Nina.

She certainly doesn’t sound like she’s a friend of free speech. Before Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter she said in an interview:

My mind giddy with fear when I consider what the consequences for marginalized groups if freedom-of-expression absolutists overtook more platforms

We don’t know yet how this board will operate and what punishment it will be able to mete out to those spreading information the government doesn’t like, but we do know that all this criticism is deserved.  It’s one thing to be censored on social media for your views, it’s quite another to have the full force of the federal government come after you. You don’t need the “disinformation” police to solve “irregular migration”; you need this administration to do its job and stop the flood of illegal immigrants. If anyone should be fighting Russian disinformation, it’s the intelligence community and our military, not Biden’s new thought police. If you wish to prevent COVID misinformation from spreading, please tell the CDC that they should stop issuing contradictory advice.

The new board is very creepy and a real threat to freedom of speech. This board seems to be designed for police thinking, and not protecting the homeland. Words can’t sum it up as well as this very scientific chart:

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