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    Amazon founder Jeff Bezos asked the Biden Administration's new Disinformation Board to review the president's tweet claiming that growing inflation could be tamed by raising corporate taxes.  Joe Biden, who has faced criticism over the 40-year high rates which hit 8.3 percent, tweeted on Friday that taxing corporations more would help ease the economic strain impacting Americans.  'You want to bring down inflation? Let's make sure the wealthiest corporations pay their fair share,' Biden tweeted. Bezos responded within hours, claiming the president was conflating two seperate issues that only amounted to misdirection, and should be held accountable by the Department of Homeland Security's Disinformation Board. 'The newly created Disinformation Board should review this tweet, or maybe they need to form a new Non Sequitur Board instead,' Bezos tweeted.  'Raising corp taxes is fine to discuss. Taming inflation is critical to discuss. Mushing them together is just misdirection.'  President Joe Biden claimed that raising corporate taxes would help tackle inflation Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said the president's claim were just misdirection and called on DHS's new Disinformation Board to review Biden's...
    Kevin McCarthy said Wednesday Democrats want to control the information that Americans' are able to access with Joe Biden's new Disinformation Governance Board. 'Do they not trust Americans enough that they want to control that much of our lives?' the Republican House leader questioned during a press briefing on the new Homeland Security board. 'We watched it time and again,' McCarthy continued. 'Why would they want to control the information? Because they don't want you to know the truth.' He claimed that Democrats are trying to conceal information pushed by the right, which leftists deem are likely all conspiracies. McCarthy says this includes distracting from record-high inflation and the facts surrounding COVID-19. Republicans immediately denounced the new board, headed by so-called Russian misinformation expert Nina Jankowicz, as the dystopian 'Ministry of Truth' from George Orwell's novel 1984. 'The president's Ministry of truth is an un-American abuse of power,' McCarthy said during a press briefing with other GOP lawmakers, including pro-MAGA Representatives Lauren Boebert of Colorado and Jim Jordan of Ohio. Boebert said at the press briefing at the Capitol on...
    Questions and concerns are being raised about the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's newly-formed Disinformation Governance Board. The Associated Press' Amanda Seitz and Nomaan Merchant penned a piece about the new board and its actual agenda. On Wednesday, May 4, 2022, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas faced scrutiny from Republican lawmakers who have already demanded that the board be dissolved. “Given the complete lack of information about this new initiative and the potential serious consequences of a government entity identifying and responding to ‘disinformation,’ we have serious concerns about the activities of this new Board,” wrote Reps. Mike Turner (R-Ohio) and John Katko (R-N.Y.), both top-ranking Republicans serving on the House Intelligence Committee and Homeland Security Committee. On the other side of the political aisle, civil liberties activists have also raised concern about the group possibly infringing upon freedom of speech. While it's no secret that disinformation campaigns are running rampant on social media and have a negative influence on personal opinion, there are already concerns that the board's unstable launch may undermine its integrity to mitigate disinformation. “It...
    Rand Paul lambasted Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas during a Wednesday hearing by claiming he doesn't want the Biden Cabinet member anywhere near making decisions involving speech. 'We can't even agree what disinformation is,' the Kentucky Republican said to the DHS secretary. 'What this working group does is ensure that there are guardrails, definitions, standards to make sure that free speech rights, civil rights, civil liberties and privacy rights of individuals are not impeded,' Mayorkas explained of the newly formed DHS Disinformation Governance Board. 'I don't want guardrails. I want you to have nothing to do with speech,' the senator tore into Mayorkas. 'You think we can't determine, you know, speech by traffickers is disinformation.' 'Do you think the American people are so stupid they need you to tell them what the truth is?' Paul questioned. 'You can't even admit what the truth is with the Steele Dossier. I don't trust government to figure out what the truth is. Government is largely disseminating disinformation.' Paul accused the U.S. government of being the 'largest propagator of disinformation in the history of...
    Joe Biden's new 'disinformation czar' dismissed concerns about Critical Race Theory in schools as 'disinformation for profit', despite parents across the country being worried about the teaching of the philosophy in their children's classrooms. Nina Jankowicz, a disinformation expert who has worked throughout Eastern Europe, was hired on April 27 to lead a Homeland Security Department working group designed to help its different agencies in dealing with disinformation, looking at topics ranging from migration to plots from Russia and Iran. But her appointment has angered Republicans. The Republican National Committee dubbed the committee she heads 'Ministry of Truth' in a nod to George Orwell's novel '1984' and couched disinformation as 'any speech we don't like.' Other critics have seized upon her past comments - noting that she described Hunter Biden's laptop as 'the laptop from hell', and echoed the opinion of national security experts at the time that the laptop was part of a Russian influence operation. It has since been accepted as authentic. On Wednesday, a clip from a November 2021 address to The City Club of Cleveland was...
    Alejandro Mayorkas took responsibility for hiring Russian misinformation 'expert' Nina Jankowicz to lead the administration's new disinformation board and admitted Wednesday that he didn't know she called the Hunter Biden laptop scandal a 'Trump campaign product'. During a hearing on Capitol Hill, Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas was forced to again defend his pick to lead DHS's newly formed Disinformation Governance Board after she came under fire for multiple comments. When pushed on the hiring of Jankowicz by GOP Louisiana Senator John Kennedy during an Appropriations Committee hearing on Wednesday, Mayorkas repeated he was responsible for all decisions at DHS and lauded his pick as a 'subject matter expert' on Russia and disinformation. 'We don't discuss our internal hiring processes, but I am the Secretary of Homeland Security and ultimately, I am responsible,' he said to the Senate panel. 'When the Department picked her, did it know that she had said that Mr. Hunter Biden's laptop is Russia disinformation?' Kennedy pushed Mayorkas. 'I was not aware of that,' the secretary responded. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas was forced onto...
    Biden's pick to combat disinformation online has spread her fair share of false information in tweets about masks and former President Donald Trump - and has even expressed her support for the former British spy behind the Russian dossier. On Wednesday, officials announced that Nina Jankowicz will head the Department of Homeland Security's Disinformation Governance Board as executive director.  Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas did not disclose any powers that would be granted to the dystopian-sounding board while addressing lawmakers on Wednesday. He explained that the board would work to tackle disinformation ahead of the November midterms, particularly in Hispanic communities. But Mayorkas did say that the new board would come under the Biden-era Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships (CP3), meaning it would have no powers to crack down on disinformation and will instead try to combat it by throwing money at what it sees as problems. Since then, though, observant conservatives have discovered that Jankowicz, a Wilson Center global fellow, previously published information that was later found to be false or misleading. In one of her old tweets,...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Friday defended the head of President Joe Biden's 'Disinformation Governance Board' and slammed the board's critics, noting its existence goes back to the Donald Trump administration.  Republicans have attacked Nina Jankowicz, who was chosen to head the board, as a 'Russia expert' and one senator released a video of her singing about 'misinformation' to the tune of the Mary Poppins song 'Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.'  Psaki pushed back, noting Jankowicz is 'an expert on online disinformation.' 'Any hiring decisions are up to the Department of Homeland Security, but this is a person with extensive qualifications,' she noted. Jankowicz, who has researched Russian misinformation tactics and online harassment, is author of the book 'How To Lose the Information War: Russia, Fake News, and the Future of Conflict.' She has also advised the Ukrainian government on strategic communications, according to the Wilson Center think-tank, where she served as a global fellow.  Psaki also pointed out repeatedly in her press briefing that the board was created in the Trump administration. 'This is a continuation of work that began at the...
    Disinformation on social media has led to migrant surges at the U.S.-Mexico border in recent years. The Department of Homeland Security announced on Wednesday that it had formed a Disinformation Governance Board designed to counter misinformation affecting the security of the United States, including at its borders. Despite previously expressing concern over border security, the announcement has come under attack by Republicans in Congress. In a statement to the Associated Press, the department said, "The spread of disinformation can affect border security, Americans' safety during disasters, and public trust in our democratic institutions." The board is also set to deal with disinformation from the Russian government, which has been used to promote a series of false stories since Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Republicans attacked the announcement, inaccurately referring to the board as "Orwellian" and an attack on free speech. "Biden must immediately abandon his plan to create an Orwellian Ministry of Truth," tweeted House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) similarly referred to the board as a "Ministry of Truth" and "unconstitutional and unamerican." Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO)...
    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has joined the chorus of critics tearing into the Biden administration's new 'Disinformation Governance Board' - headed by a 'Russia expert' who said Hunter Biden's laptop was a 'product of the Trump campaign' 'You cannot have a Ministry of Truth in this country. We’re not going to let Biden get away with this one. So we will be fighting back,' the Republican said on Friday at a news conference. 'When you’re not doing well, you have two options: You can try to do better. Or you can try to silence your critics. [The Biden Administration] is doing the latter,' he added. DeSantis led the uptick in fury as Republican Senator Tom Cotton said he would introduce legislation to have the new 'Disinformation' board defunded and a new video showed its head Nina Jankowicz singing about 'misinformation' to the tune of the Mary Poppins song 'Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.'  'You cannot have a Ministry of Truth in this country. We’re not going to let Biden get away with this one. So we will be fighting back,' Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said on...
    Republicans are criticizing a new Disinformation Governance Board within the Biden administration as a threat to censor conservative speech. The Department of Homeland Security announced the creation of the board on Wednesday to coordinate the federal government’s activities related to countering disinformation, with an immediate focus on unauthorized migration to the United States and the Russia-Ukraine crisis. The board will be led by Nina Jankowicz, a former disinformation fellow at the Wilson Center and adviser to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, who also has a history of controversial and misleading statements. The conception of disinformation has become a controversial and polarizing matter. Liberals say disinformation, meaning false information spread deliberately and covertly, is a threat to democracy. Conservatives, though, increasingly say that the threat of disinformation is wrongly used as a cover to censor them. "It can only be assumed that the sole purpose of this new Disinformation Governance Board will be to marshal the power of the federal government to censor conservative and dissenting speech," Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri said in a letter to Homeland Security Secretary...
    Fox News hosts were up in arms on Thursday over the Department of Homeland Security’s announcement of a newly formed Disinformation Governance Board. The board will address disinformation and misinformation surrounding migrants and the southern border wall, Russia’s war on Ukraine, and COVID-19 vaccines, among other things, DHS says. Or, as Tucker Carlson characterized it, referencing George Orwell’s 1984, the “Ministry of Truth” will be “giving law enforcement power to punish people who think the wrong things.” Such rhetoric was plentiful throughout the primetime hours. President Joe Biden “needs to make certain that nobody else can talk because if you were to hear the truth, you might not obey,” Carlson ranted while a chyron blared: “Disinformation Is Anything The Left Disagrees With.” Brian Kilmeade and Sean Hannity also referenced Orwell’s dystopian novel. “Orwell’s book was meant as a warning to the world that this kind of society could become reality… if the wrong people were in charge,” Kilmeade began his monologue while filling in for Jesse Watters during the 7 p.m. time slot. “But it looks like the Biden administration...
    House Energy and Commerce Committee via AP Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.The Real Facebook Oversight Board is coming after the company again. Demonstrators from the non-profit backed civil society group showed up outside of Facebook’s D.C. office on Wednesday morning bearing body bags to make the case that “Facebook Kills”—a play on Joe Biden saying earlier this month that disinformation on the social media platform was “killing people.” “Facebook is participating in these deaths.” “President Biden was right,” said Imran Ahmed, CEO of the Center for Countering Digital Hate, explained in Wednesday statement. “Every day, there are avoidable deaths as a result of deadly propaganda which is designed to persuade people that vaccines don’t work and that COVID isn’t dangerous,”  The demonstration took place in conjunction with the Real Oversight Board’s release of a report about the company’s continued spread of disinformation, with two key findings: that through his Save America PAC, Trump is partially circumventing his Facebook ban, and that Facebook’s top stories are overwhelmingly coming...
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