May 5, 2022

The Diva of Disinformation

Joe Biden’s ditzy Disinfo Czar believes the Steele dossier is real and Hunter’s laptop is fake.

We’re not in the prediction business, but we’ll venture one nonetheless: Nina Jankowicz will not survive as this nation’s first-ever “Disinformation Czar.” The creation of such an Orwellian role is dubious by itself, but the appearance on the scene of this deeply unserious character, this Mary Poppins wannabe, has rendered the Biden administration even more ridiculous than before. And that’s no small feat.

We can’t make this stuff up. And we wonder: Was she on government time when she dreamed up that grotesque little ditty? Perhaps sensing the train wreck of her appointment, Jankowicz has taken her TikTok account private — yes, that’s the “Creepycalifragilisticexpialidocious” account. But this is too little, too late.

As the Wall Street Journal editorial board writes: “We have to admit that when we first read about it, we thought the news was itself disinformation from the Administration’s political enemies. Surely, no one in this age of polarization and public mistrust of institutions would think it’s wise to set up a government shop with the job of telling Americans what is true.”

This doesn’t even address the redundancy of Jankowicz’s role, whose duty to ferret out disinformation has already been assigned — at least ostensibly — to the State Department’s Global Engagement Center. Some obscure bureaucrat named Leah Bray is its acting coordinator, and the agency’s Core Mission reads as follows:

To direct, lead, synchronize, integrate, and coordinate efforts of the Federal Government to recognize, understand, expose, and counter foreign state and non-state propaganda and disinformation efforts aimed at undermining or influencing the policies, security, or stability of the United States, its allies, and partner nations.

Here, then, we have ridiculousness heaped upon redundancy. Your tax dollars at work.

Thankfully, a group of Republican senators led by Arkansas’s Tom Cotton introduced legislation on Tuesday to “prohibit the use of Federal funds” in financing this Disinformation Governance Board, which would be nested, Stasi-like, within the Department of Homeland Security under the leadership of its stunningly incompetent secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas.

“The Biden administration wants a government agency dedicated to cracking down on what its subjects can say, an idea popular with Orwellian governments everywhere,” Cotton said in a press release.

There’s that word again — Orwellian — and it’s well-earned not only by the role itself but by the ditzy diva selected to administer it. Just think: The person Joe Biden has tapped to separate truth from falsehood thinks disgraced British spook Christopher Steele is credible and Hunter Biden’s laptop is fake; thinks censoring memes is a good idea; and thinks cops should censor online speech.

Even her credentials sound like a rimshot: As we noted last week, she’s a disinformation fellow at the supposedly serious Wilson Center.

If there’s any hope for our Republic, Nina Jankowicz ought not be allowed to measure for drapes.

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