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According to a report form The Washington Post, based off numerous sources within the Department of Homeland Security, the Disinformation Governance Board and head Nina Jankowicz have been put on hold due to negative blowback.
Just three weeks after its announcement, the Disinformation Governance Board is being “paused,” according to multiple employees at DHS, capping a back-and-forth week of decisions that changed during the course of reporting of this story. On Monday, DHS decided to shut down the board, according to multiple people with knowledge of the situation. By Tuesday morning, Jankowicz had drafted a resignation letter in response to the board’s dissolution.
But Tuesday night, Jankowicz was pulled into an urgent call with DHS officials who gave her the choice to stay on, even as the department’s work was put on hold because of the backlash it faced, according to multiple people with knowledge of the call. Working groups within DHS focused on mis-, dis- and mal-information have been suspended. The board could still be shut down pending a review from the Homeland Security Advisory Council; Jankowicz is evaluating her position within the department.
“Nina Jankowicz has been subjected to unjustified and vile personal attacks and physical threats,” a DHS spokesperson told The Post in a statement. “In congressional hearings and in media interviews, the Secretary has repeatedly defended her as eminently qualified and underscored the importance of the Department’s disinformation work, and he will continue to do so.”
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) called the pause a win for free speech.
Huge win for Free Speech! https://t.co/ZYjEttVxYx
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) May 18, 2022
The House Judiciary GOP Twitter account couldn’t resist commenting, as well, saying “CNN+ lasted longer than Joe Biden’s ‘Disinformation Board.’
CNN+ lasted longer than Joe Biden’s “Disinformation Board.”
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) May 18, 2022