Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, defended a recently announced Department of Homeland Security attempt to address “disinformation” on COVID-19 and election-related problems on Thursday, Fox News informed.
“I really haven’t dug into this exactly,” Psaki said when asked by Fox News White House correspondent Jacqui Heinrich for more information about what DHS’ Disinformation Governance Board would be doing specifically. She also mentioned that they support this new effort, but that she, in fact, needs to get more specifics on the topic.
The White House has stated its support for the Department of Homeland Security’s effort to combat what it views to be online disinformation.
Alejandro Mayorkas, the Homeland Security Secretary, gave his testimony on Wednesday saying that a Disinformation Governance Board had recently been established to combat online falsehoods, and Politico reported that Nina Jankowicz, a former Wilson Center disinformation fellow, will serve as executive director of the board.
Heinrich inquired about Jankowicz’s previous statements and how the administration can appease the concerns that she will lead this effort fairly, to which Psaki responded that the main objective of the board will be to prevent misinformation and disinformation to be spread around the country, adding that she is not sure that anyone is opposing this effort.
Psaki told the journalists that she didn’t know who was picked to head the program and that she didn’t have “any information” on Jankowicz to share.
In the wake of the process of her selection as head of this newly established project, Jankowicz, who also held positions at the Wilson Center as a disinformation fellow, is receiving additional criticism for statements she made about the Hunter Biden laptop story.
Jankowicz has previously referred to the laptop as a “Trump campaign product” and a “Russian influence op,” despite the fact that it has been verified by various news sites.