Former Disinformation Board Dir. Nina Jankowicz Says Biden Admin ‘Rolled Over’ After Criticism – Opinion

Former Executive Director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Disinformation Governance Board Nina Jankowicz (whew!) appeared on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” Sunday, seemingly thinking that appearing on TV with Brian Stelter would improve her credibility. Stelter has spent a large part of his adult life hawking the debunked Russia collusion conspiracy, so I’m not sure why she thought this would be a good idea.

After receiving a lot of criticism and backlash, the DHS announced that the Board was creepy. However, it was canceled three weeks later. Jankowicz was forced to resign shortly afterward. Now she tells her version of what happened, and she claims there was a “disproportionate focus” on her in the media.

It [the Board]Absolutely, I was the one who fell for disinformation. (Insert giggles.This falsehood was the basis for all of these lies, which claimed that the Disinformation Governance Board was an Orwellian Ministry of Truth. All of the harassment, disinformation, and threats directed against me was also based on it.

First things first: if you’re going to name something the “Disinformation Governance Board,” prepare for immediate Orwell comparisons. His classic book “1984” was the first thing that popped into my head when I was reporting on the original story, and I put it straight into my headline: “In Another Orwellian Move, Biden DHS to Create a ‘Disinformation Governance Board.” Just about every other headline writer in the nation managed to get Orwell into their headlines too.

However, it is true that she became the focal point of much of coverage regarding the new board. She received a lot of ridicule and criticism. Much of it she brought on herself though—she was previously a known spreader of disinformation herself, touting the same Russia conspiracy theory that Stetler loves so much. Many of her social media comments and posts are clearly partisan and always support the Left.

Stetler asked why the DHS didn’t do a better job of explaining what it was doing with the new board. Stetler thought a better explanation would make the Board more beneficial, but it was actually a horrible, anti-free speech idea from the beginning. Jankowicz replied:

I had a lot to doubt about how things turned out. Brian: I feel there was an over-focus on me due to my power in the department. I was denied the right to speak in my own name, and the communication decisions regarding how to talk about it were made at a higher level than my grade of pay and decision-making.

I was the executive director, but there were a lot of people that were involved that didn’t take advice, frankly, that I had given them. And that was what I hoped would happen.

Jankowicz said she based her decision to resign on her feeling that “the government had just rolled over, to the critics, who had completely spun this narrative out of control based on absolutely nothing in reality.”

In other words, the DHS put up someone who wasn’t qualified, had plenty of baggage in her Twitter feed—including disinformation—and then left her hanging out to dry when things didn’t go as planned. I’d almost feel sorry for her, if she hadn’t brought so much of it on herself.

Jankowicz may not stay up all night. She called for help on Wednesday. Democrat—none other than House Speaker Nancy Pelosi—for spreading disinformation in a fundraising email.

Perhaps Nina will take a revenge trip and call out Dems all over the world. Brian Stelter should be her first target. That would be a fitting end to this whole ludicrous “Disinformation Board” debacle.

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