April 29 – With the announcement yesterday of Nina Jankowicz heading the Department of Homeland Security’s Disinformation Governance Board, so many more questions have come up.
Jankowicz is allegedly an internationally recognized expert on disinformation – whatever that is – and will now be able to point out, with the backing of the federal government, what is considered disinformation.
And the real kicker is what she’s already considered to be disinformation.
Reporting surfaced yesterday that she dismissed the Hunter Biden email laptop story as fake news and a campaign product from Donald Trump.
Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “Well we now know that virtually all media outlets, including the New York Times and the Washington Post, have admitted that they got it wrong. That those emails have now been authenticated. That story was true.”
So there’s an example of the very person, who is now the head of this disinformation police, has dismissed actual news as disinformation in the past.
Barkdoll said, “I think that’s a very good example of how dangerous these kind of offices could be.”
How far could this really go?
It doesn’t help that Jankowicz also created a little song – this is not a joke – about her new position to the tune of Mary Poppins’ Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
Barkdoll said, “This is just an incredible story and these are the sort of things you often see in countries like Russia or China that try to quash things they don’t like on the internet. We know that there is a lot of false, wrong, disinformation that’s out there on the internet. That’s one of the consequences of free speech, but that’s been the history of our country. We’ve never had a situation where the government has gotten involved to police this.”
Social media platforms already allegedly have their own policing on disinformation, even though that sometimes rubs some people wrong.
Barkdoll said, “This could be a really disturbing development.”
Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM said, “It’s important that you call your elected officials here.”
Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “There’s no credentials for expertise in disinformation. That is the most asinine description of anybody’s job I have ever heard. There is nothing. There is no such thing that makes you an expert in that and we’ve seen over and over again, human nature being the way it is, she will not be able to keep her bias out of it. Her little ditty proves that. She totally slams the right in her little ditty. There’s no evenness even in the way she views it through her moronic song. And what is it with the singing? People on the left would you shut up? Stop singing. You’re not giving us any confidence.”
Ryan said, “You can continue to talk, just easy on the singing.”
Jansen continued, “There is no such thing as an unbiased guide. Facebook said it was an unbiased fact-checker. They had to admit they were just opinion when it came to somebody actually taking them to court and challenging them on that. You have Twitter which now just moved from the hands of someone who would support the left to someone they think, I think he just wants free speech, that’s all he’s indicated so far and he’s actually from the left when it comes to environment, but they’re terrified of that. There is no such thing as expertise in disinformation and trust that one side wouldn’t use it to their advantage.”
It’s not clear how this disinformation governance board would operate – would the government suddenly try to get their hands into a private company’s website and declare certain parts of it as disinformation?
Barkdoll said, “I don’t know if this would even pass legal muster, assuming that challenges would start to go into the courts. Those companies certainly have the right to engage in those sort of things, but the idea that the government would do it is taking this into a totally different realm and I think raises a lot of legal issues.”
Ryan added, “And think about this here and you’re going oh well what’s it really matter to me? It won’t trickle down to me. Think about the NDO that they tried shoving down your throat in Chambersburg when your borough manager and a borough council president wanted to punish the people in Chambersburg. Now you want to be punished by Joe Biden and that loser administration for your freedom of speech and now we want the Human Relations Commission in Harrisburg to punish you. What in the freaking world is going on with all this punishment? Where are elected officials? Can we stop with this stuff? Freedom of speech, it’s not perfect, but do I want it to be Russia or China? Do I want to be punished by a borough manager in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania? I don’t think so.”
Barkdoll said, “It’s a very slippery slope.”
Ryan said, “All the dots connect. It’s just crazy out there. I can’t believe we’re having these conversations.”