Jankowicz Whines: Disinformation Board Undone by Disinformation

One day after the Biden administration’s Orwellian Disinformation Governance Board (DGB) was shut down, the former Executive Director Nina Jankowicz continued making the rounds on cable news to whine about the board’s demise and her subsequent resignation, this time with an appearance on CNN Tonight

Host Lauren Coates asked Jankowicz why the purpose of the board was “not communicated effectively?” She responded that “absolutely could and should have been communicated better” and shirked responsibility by claiming her advice wasn’t listened to adding that she “wanted it to be communicated better.” 

further proving that she has no sense of irony or self-awareness, Jankowicz said, with a straight face, that unfortunately and ironically we were undone exactly by a disinformation campaign coming from folks who apparently want to put our national security behind their own personal political ambitions.” 

 

 

Coates followed up by asking “why was that not anticipated here in the sense that did you not expect that there would be some measure or some inclination to try to use misinformation to sow distrust in the same thing you’re trying to do?”  

Jankowicz responded, “there were other priorities that were kind of put ahead of this rollout of the disinformation governance board.” 

Jankowicz whined more.

Unintentionally, we created an information vacuum filled with lies and frankly directed some vitriol at my personal life. This was completely in proportion to how much power I held in the department.

She then accused opponents of the DGB of being unpatriotic: “this childish behavior is putting the national security of our country behind this sort of partisan vitriol.”

CNN’s Lauren Coates hosting Jankowicz to lash out over the demise of the Disinformation Governance Board was made possible by Chase. They are linked.    

To read the relevant transcript click “expand”: 

CNN Tonight
5/19/2022
Eastern, 9:19:17 

LAURA COATES. Many people wonder about the purpose of the particular organization. What were you doing? Why weren’t you communicating effectively about those goals and tactics. 

NINA JANKOWICZ : I can understand the concern of Americans over government intervention in policing speeches. The good news is that the board did not have anything to do with police speech. This board was supposed to act as an internal coordinator to make sure all DHS subcomponents (CBP, Customs and Border Patrol, FEMA) had the right tools so they could continue their work in fighting disinformation, something they have done for more than 10 years. 

It could have and should be communicated more clearly. This information should be better communicated. The reality is that DHS has to address disinformation. This is what keeps Americans secure and safe. Here’s an example. FEMA was mentioned before. We can say that disinformation coming from an adversary such as Russia, China, Iran, is placing people in danger during natural disasters. 

We were doing this to assist our fellow colleagues in the department. Ironically, we lost the support of our colleagues in this department to a disinformation campaign by people who want their national security to be subordinated to their political agendas. 

COATES: You are an expert. Your chyron speaks about the book you wrote about this information. You’ve just articulated the ways in which you’ve helped others anticipate the issue, so why was that not anticipated here in the sense that did you not expect that there would be some measure or some inclination to try to use misinformation to sow distrust in the same thing you’re trying to do? 

DHS: It is a large department. It employs 250,000 workers. Other priorities were set by the department. They have a large task. At the time, there was a lot more important priorities than the rollout of disinformation governance board. Unfortunately, my advice about communicating openly, quickly, and transparently was ignored. We created an unintentional information vacuum, filled with lies and honestly directed much vitriol at my personal life. This was completely in proportion to how much power I held at the department. 

These were decisions made at an even higher level than my. My family has been threatened almost daily for three weeks. That isn’t something anyone should brag about. The lies and falsities that were being spread about disinformation governance board are, frankly speaking, childish. This is making it difficult for our nation’s national security to be protected from this kind of partisan vitriol. We must stop this because our enemies know that the partisanship and that politicization are exactly what they have control over, making America vulnerable to disinformation.

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