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This Is the Most Ironic Thing About Who Biden Hired as His New Disinformation Czar

Nina Jankowicz, President Biden’s new disinformation czar, has herself been a purveyor of misleading information in the past.

SO WHAT

Who will police the truth police?

WHAT HAPPENED

Jankowicz, a former adviser to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry and disinformation fellow at the Wilson Center, confirmed Wednesday that she’d been tapped to serve as executive director of the Department of Homeland Security’s new Disinformation Governance Board.

Hours earlier, during testimony before the House, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas cited the creation of the board in response to a question about how minority communities are being protected from reported misinformation campaigns.

  • The purpose of the board is “to coordinate countering misinformation related to homeland security, focused specifically on irregular migration and Russia,” per Politico.

WHAT SHE’S SAID

As conservative critics were quick to note, Jankowicz has on several occasions made claims that could qualify as misinformation.

DECEMBER 2017: In a tweet replying to Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Jankowicz claimed Republicans funded the since-discredited Steele dossier, which helped spark a national meltdown over President Trump’s nonexistent collusion with Russia.

Jankowicz was apparently referencing the fact that the Washington Free Beacon, a conservative news site largely funded by Republican billionaire Paul Singer, hired Fusion GPS, the research firm that produced the Steele dossier.

OCTOBER 2020: Jankowicz warned during an appearance on CNN that armed Trump supporters might try to “to intimidate people” at the polls in the upcoming presidential election.

OCTOBER 2020: Jankowicz dismissed the authenticity of a scandalous New York Post story about emails taken from a laptop belonging to Hunter Biden, Joe Biden’s son.

  • “We should view it as a Trump campaign product,” Jankowicz was quoted as saying in an Associated Press report downplaying the news.
  • According to The AP, Jankowicz cited experts who claimed “there are multiple red flags” that raised doubts “about the authenticity of the emails including questions about whether the laptop actually belongs to Hunter Biden.”
  • In April, national news outlets, including The New York Times, confirmed the accuracy of the Post’s reporting.

INTERESTING TIMING

On Monday, Twitter accepted Elon Musk’s $44 billion buyout offer, reigniting Democrats’ fears about misinformation on social media.

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