House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) tore apart President Joe Biden’s new Disinformation Governance Board – saying only the Democrats would think free speech is a problem.
The newly-created Disinformation Governance Board, which was revealed earlier this week and is being formed under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). According to DHS, the board will focus on alleged disinformation coming out of Russia and other places.
McCarthy wrote in a statement that the move by the Democrat president was “Orwellian” and that it was concerning that an activist with a history of “falling for and spreading disinformation” was selected to lead the board.
“Leave it to Democrats to think free speech is the problem and more government is the solution,” McCarthy wrote.
“The notion that the same party that spent four years promoting the Russia collusion hoax, suppressed the Hunter Biden laptop story, and equated parents to domestic terrorists believes it has the credibility to tell Americans what is true is laughable.”
He continues, “And it is telling that the person who would run Biden’s Orwellian Disinformation Governance Board is a political activist who has a long history of falling for and spreading disinformation.”
“It is easy to imagine this person abusing the term ‘disinformation’ to suppress facts and spin away inconvenient truths about the administration’s many failures, including their failures to secure the border. The idea that the federal government should control speech sounds uncomfortably close to the Thought Police. Biden must immediately abandon his plan to create a modern-day Ministry of Truth.”
The leader of the governance board is Nina Jankowicz, who has her own history of spreading disinformation online as she appears to have sought to discredit the explosive Hunter Biden laptop story that erupted weeks before the 2020 presidential election.
Jankowicz has also argued online mockery of Vice President Kamala Harris and other women in public life was a “threat to national security.”
“Platforms and governments aren’t doing enough,” she wrote on social media. “It’s time to act. Our national security and democracy are at stake.”
Jankowicz argued that Congress should create new laws to block mockery of women online, citing the volume of “gender disinformation” used to criticize Harris.
“Congress should reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and include provisions against online gender-based harassment,” Jankowicz wrote in a WIRED article highlighting the “abusive content” sent on social media to women in public life.
The leader of Biden’s new initiative further argued that tech companies should “make the shift toward believing women” allowing them to identify and censor content. Jankowicz also called for these tech companies to stop “a tacit pile-on instruction” from influential people with a lot of online followers.
In September 2021, Jankowicz testified about “gender misinformation” being a threat to democracy in the British House of Parliament.
“It is not just a democratic concern; it is a national security concern, which should make it of interest to everybody in government,” she said. “It is not just about hurt feelings. It really affects the way our countries operate.”
Jankowicz cited online mockery of other political women including Democrat Reps. Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to solidify her argument.
“Being a woman online is an inherently dangerous act,” she argued in her testimony to Parliament. “That is the long and short of it.”
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has defended the creation of this dangerous new board when asked about the matter saying, “I’m not sure who opposes that effort.”