Pro-censorship leftist individuals and news outlets used contradictions, deceptions and convoluted rhetoric in their quest to defend the Biden administration’s new Orwellian Disinformation Governance Board.
Free-speech advocates have been slamming the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) new Orwellian Disinformation Governance Board (DGB) since it was announced in late April, but leftists have scrambled to show the censorship board in a positive light. Novelist Stephen King tweeted support for the board’s controversial executive director, Nina Jankowicz. Other pro-censorship individuals and news outlets tried similar tactics.
Insider wrote a puff piece defending the DGB. “Right-wing politicians and pundits have misleadingly framed the group as a propaganda arm,” Insider claimed. The piece touted leftist experts like " Sara Aniano, a disinformation and extremism researcher," and Kayla Gogarty of Media Matters. “Conservatives push bad-faith attacks under the guise of 'free speech' in response to anything that they perceive will stymie their ability to push falsehoods and conspiracy theories,” Gogarty blathered. Media Matters has received five donations from leftist billionaire George Soros.
White House spokesperson Jen Psaki laughably claimed the DGB’s mission would be “protecting privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties and the First Amendment.” Psaki did not explain how a board specifically formed to examine speech could possibly be protecting the First Amendment.
Some leftists broadcast their support for the board on social media. Horror fiction writer King seems to have an affinity for scary individuals–including DGB Executive Director and self-proclaimed “Mary Poppins of disinformation” Nina Jankowicz. “I stand with Nina Jankowicz,” King tweeted, drawing backlash from free speech advocates.
Other outlets tried to defend the indefensible. Protocol published an article that attempted to defend the DGB and bash its critics. The outlet specifically defended Jankowicz, including disinformation she spouted while seeking to downplay the Hunter Biden laptop scandal. “Bad faith arguments abound, most of them focused on Jankowicz,” Protocol claimed.
Meanwhile, The Washington Post Editorial Board published a piece headlined, “Ignore the hysteria over the Disinformation Governance Board.” The Post even claimed that the DGB could do a “great deal of good.”
Finally, the Soros-funded Poynter Institute defended the censorship board in an article that quoted liberally from Biden administration officials and said the board “will share best practices for countering disinformation purveyed by enemies of the US.”
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