I sympathize with Nina Jankowicz. I really do. Until a few days ago, the 33-year-old disinformationist had a plum job as executive director of the Department of Homeland Security’s now-“paused” Disinformation Governance Board.
What a great gig! Governing disinformation! In America ! It’s every little girl’s dream come true.
And so, to have it snatched away . . . so quickly and so cruelly . . . what a shame.
How could such a calamity have befallen someone who, by many accounts, is a “renowned expert” in her chosen field? As Taylor Lorenz of the Washington Post reports , Jankowicz was “a victim of coordinated online attacks” from the nebulous yet omnipotent Right and the target of a “textbook disinformation campaign.”
What an irony! The disinfo czarina got disinfo’d !
Or did she? A Millennial who has lived the vast majority of her life online, Jankowicz’s pronunciamientos on Twitter and elsewhere, defenders such as Lorenz say, were taken “out of context.”
Did Jankowicz dismiss the New York Post ’s Hunter Biden laptop story as a “ Trump campaign product ”? Well, sure. But the context was a hotly contested presidential election that she wanted Donald Trump to lose. And now that the New York Times and the Washington Post concede the controversial laptop was, in fact, Hunter Biden’s? Let’s talk about something else, like the “insurrection,” instead.
Did Jankowicz say that verified Twitter users should be allowed to “edit” other users’ tweets? Yes—to “ add context ,” of course.Jankowicz leaned heavily on context in her post-resignation appearance on MSNBC on Wednesday. “To say that I am just a partisan actor was taken wildly out of context,” she told “All In” host Chris Hayes. Right. She’s also a singer . See! Context ! Fighting Disinformation—Or Peddling It? It wasn’t just that the self-described “Mary Poppins of […]
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