President Biden’s idea to form a “Disinformation Governance Board” to battle “disinformation” in the 2022 midterm elections has been criticized by a slew of conservatives, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Fox News informed.
The Republican from California posted a tweet saying that the party that has promoted that hoax with Russian collusion, tried to cover the laptop story on Hunter Biden, and compared parents with terrorists, believes that it has the credibility to censor speech, advising Biden to toss away the plan for establishing this Orwellian-like board.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Wednesday that a Disinformation Governance Board was recently formed to counter online disinformation, just days after Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO purchased Twitter.
GOP Congresswoman Lauren Boebert also sent a tweet saying that liberals were preparing the terrain in case the Tweeter deal came true, adding that by establishing the dystopian Disinformation Governance Board they proved that they cannot afford to let any other truth but theirs.
Republicans around the country slammed the action, accusing the Biden administration of attempting to restrict free speech and questioning the timing of the move in relation to Musk’s purchase of Twitter.
Republicans have also criticized the board’s executive director, Nina Jankowicz, who previously worked as a misinformation fellow at the Wilson Center and has been chastised for multiple online statements deemed hyperpartisan by critics.
GOP Senator Josh Hawley also published a tweet saying that instead of strengthening the border with police forces, Homeland Security thought that policing the speech of Americans is much more important.
When Jen Psaki, the White House Press Secretary was questioned by Fox News’ Jacqui Heinrich if she could “assuage concerns” that the US public might have about Jankowicz, she defended the board, saying that the administration supports the initiative and clearly dismissed the fears about the potential bias of the group.