Marble Halls & Silver Screens With Sarah Lee Ep. 128: The 'Keystone Cop of Disinfo, KITH, and Netflix's Woke Walkback' Edition

For now, the Biden administration’s dream of an increased surveillance state will have to wait as news comes that the Disinformation Governance Board has been put on indefinite “pause” a mere three weeks after being announced.

Surely it wasn’t because of the, uh, colorful woman they chose to lead it, right? Not that Washington Post’s Taylor Lorenz (tapped to write a glowing profile of Nina Janckowicz, erstwhile head of the Disinfo Board, who has herself danced a bit with disinformation) is interested in exploring those colors much. Lorenz, you may recall, has her own stories of two-stepping around truth. From Reason:

This news comes from an exclusive report by The Washington Post‘s Taylor Lorenz, whose scoop is buried underneath layers of pro-government verbiage. Lorenz’s story excessively flatters Jankowicz—she is glamorized as “well-known” in the field, having “extensive experience,” and “well-regarded” in just the first two paragraphs—while ignoring legitimate criticism of this so-called expert’s track record. Indeed, there is zero mention, none whatsoever, of the fact that Jankowicz was flagrantly wrong about the pivotal “disinformation” episode of the 2020 election cycle: the Hunter Biden laptop story.

For WaPo, the story is not that DHS shuttered the Disinformation Governance Board—the real story is that right-wing “coordinated online attacks” achieved this outcome after subjecting Jankowicz to an “unrelenting barrage of harassment.”

“Within hours of news of her appointment, Jankowicz was thrust into the spotlight by the very forces she dedicated her career to combating,” writes Lorenz.

Yet there is good reason to be skeptical of both the Disinformation Governance Board and Jankowicz’s fitness to run it…

time and time again, public health officials circulated false information about COVID-19, and suppressed perfectly legitimate discussion of the theory that the virus originated from a lab leak. And when The New York Post reported on the salacious contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop just weeks before the election, the story was widely dismissed by so-called disinformation experts and government security experts on grounds that they presumed it to be Russian malfeasance. “Hunter Biden Story Is Russian Disinfo, Dozens of Former Intel Officials Say,” reported Politico back in October 2020.

Jankowicz repeatedly made public statements indicating that she held this view, too. She shared national security officials’ “high confidence” that the Hunter Biden story was part of a Russian influence campaign. She described the idea that the laptop had been left behind at a repair shop as “a fairy tale.” This was a critical test of whether disinformation experts could check their innate tendency to ascribe everything unfavorable to the Democratic Party as Russian nefariousness, and they utterly failed. Jankowicz failed as well.

And of course, there are other examples of Janckowicz’s willingness to sell a party line about serious issues rather than simply opening up conversation to debate on her own twitter account. In short: she’s a partisan and tends to tell partisan “truths” rather than objective truths.

So good riddance to another terrible idea from the Biden admin. There have been so many, it’s getting hard to be grateful everytime they die due to the anticipation of the next one coming, and soon.

The liberal has left has an all-consuming passion for the subject of disinformation, which is really just code word for “wrongthink” or else they would have been openly rebelling against the notion that the Black Lives Matter Global Netowrk Foundation was ever going to actually help black lives outside of enriching Patrisse Cullors and her family. As such, odds are their next bad idea will probably be another attempt at censorship.

Only a couple of years left of this administration, if you’re counting.

I talk about all that on the show last week, as well as offer thoughts and a legitimate warning about the new “Kids In The Hall” on Amazon Prime (trailer below — it’s hilarious, but not if you’re easily offended). Oh, and what about Netflix finally telling its wokest staff the company would prefer to succeed rather than be held hostage to the quasi-Marxism of social justice culture? I get into that, too.

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