Turns out the new head of the Department of Homeland Security’s Disinformation Governance Board has been peddling some disinformation of her own.
Nina Jankowicz, the latest Biden busybody tasked with policing our speech and monitoring our mental hygiene, has something of a history of promoting false and baseless narratives—especially the most notorious recent case of American misinformation, the so-called “Trump-Russia Collusion” claim, a Clinton campaign op that was foisted on the American people for almost the entirety of Trump’s presidency.
Fortunately, the Washington Examiner has provided us with a list of some of Jankowicz’s most egregious disinformation blunders, including parroting the official (and false) narrative about the Hunter Biden laptop, citing Christopher Steele as an expert on disinformation, making misleading claims about how his dossier was funded, and criticizing the notion that COVID-19 emerged from a Wuhan lab—a service that earned her favorable citations in the CCP’s propaganda organ China Daily.
Needless to say, winning the approval of the Chinese Communist Party isn’t exactly a good way to establish one’s anti-disinformation bona fides.
Meanwhile, the Examiner has learned that Jankowicz often shared false claims about Trump-Russia collusion.
For one thing, in a 2016 tweet, she linked to an article from the Clinton campaign (a big no-no for a disinformation expert), which speaks about “5 questions every voter should ask about Trump’s bizarre relationship with Russia.”
5 questions every voter should ask about Trump's bizarre relationship w/ Russia: https://t.co/9Ud0RagdgQ Foreign policy matters.
— Nina Jankowicz 🇺🇦🇺🇸 (@wiczipedia) August 6, 2016
It gets better. On the eve of the 2016 election, Jankowicz wrote on her blog The Wiczipedia Weekly: “What started months ago as me making jokes about Donald Trump’s ‘bromance’ with Putin has actually become an existential threat to our country. Many thousands of words have been written about Trump’s connections to the Russian netherworld…God willing, we never have to talk about him again (until Putin grants him Russian citizenship, like he just did for Steven Seagal).”
Unfortunately for Jankowicz, Trump was elected, and she’s talked about virtually nothing else ever since. Meanwhile, the Mueller investigation, after a years-long investigation, “did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”
Then, in December of 2016, Jankowicz tweeted “Trump is Pinocchio, but what if Putin is Geppetto? American people deserve to know,” with a link to a Politico story that falsely smeared Trump as a Putin puppet.
— Nina Jankowicz 🇺🇦🇺🇸 (@wiczipedia) December 13, 2016
Jankowicz kept it up in 2017, enthusiastically agreeing with Michael McFaul, Obama’s ambassador to Russia, that Adam Schiff had given a “terrific statement” in Congress. Schiff’s terrific statement involved him reading allegations from Christopher Steele’s discredited dossier into the congressional record.
“Agree,” Jankowicz tweeted, “and more importantly—explains why Congressional investigation into Trump-Russia ties is an integral part of our democracy.” Whenever “our democracy” comes up in a conversation, it’s a safe bet that whatever comes next won’t be ours and it won’t be democratic.
Agree, and more importantly- explains why Congressional investigation into Trump-Russia ties is an integral part of our democracy. https://t.co/a4TjC6w4QB
— Nina Jankowicz 🇺🇦🇺🇸 (@wiczipedia) March 20, 2017
And it’s not the only time Jankowicz has cited the false Steele dossier to buttress her specious claims. In her 2020 book “How to Lose the Information War: Russia, Fake News, and the Future of Conflict,” she mentions the dossier as proving Russia had somehow rigged the election in favor of Trump.
“The extent of Russian influence over the U.S. election—and perhaps even the Trump campaign itself—was becoming clearer and more worrisome with each day that passed in the new young year,” she writes. “Just a week earlier, BuzzFeed published the explosive and as-of-yet-unverified ‘Steele dossier’…that alleged the president-elect and his team had deep ties to Russian intelligence services.”
So it begs the question—who is going to “fact check” the copious falsehoods promulgated by our newly-minted disinformation chief?
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