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This is the kind of story that frosts my cookies:
As you guys know, I don’t generally like to talk smack about Team Good. I don’t want to discourage anyone, and sometimes I slip and say something about AG Garland (and I’m still not sure he’s actually breathing), but that’s generally where it stops.
But this story, following the news yesterday that the White House is not going to name and shame the Nazis spreading their fascistic White Replacement nonsense really got my hackles up. (We do have hackles, right? So many questions.) It’s the very embodiment of that nonsense about going high when they go low, and they forgot to include the sniper rifles.
I jest, but not by much.
Now follow this if you can. 1) After announcing the formation of the Disinformation Governance Board, bad actors on the Right dubbed it 1984’s Ministry of Truth. 2) The White House told Nina Jankowicz —the expert person they put in charge of strategies to deal with dis/misinformation— to NOT respond to these accusations. 3) A mere three weeks after announcing this effort the Administration shut it all down without putting up a fight of any kind.
Nina Jankowicz has resigned.
Now then, I do not blame President Handsome Joe Biden for this debacle, it seems pretty low level. I do however think this has his Chief of Staff Ron Klaine’s Queensbury Rules fingerprints all over it, and given that this new Board was going to be under the DHS, Alejandro Mayorkas has probably just as much responsibility.
Whatever you think of this Board’s mission, you gotta know that this shitnado tells other experts in their given fields that they will be hung out to dry if they join this Administration. Not a good move.
As for the mission of the board itself, there was no way that this was ever going to be seen as anything other than a political operation, and if this were Team Evil proposing it during the 4th Reich, all of us would be up in their grill calling it the Ministry of Truth, too. It never belonged in the executive branch, it belongs at the DNC. The DNC needs to fight the right-wing disinformation machine. A governmental “advisory board” was stupid.
Either we want strategies to defeat disinformation or we don’t. But this was a needless defeat and a surrender without even putting up a fight. Republicans and Russians feel empowered and they have a notch on their barn doors. They killed an operation without even firing a shot.
Remember: Always Punch the Nazis. Always fight back.
UPDATE 1: Crooks and Liars has an excellent post up.