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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday defended a recently announced effort by the Department of Homeland Security to combat “misinformation” on issues related to COVID-19 and elections.
Asked by Fox News White House correspondent Jacqui Heinrich for more information on what DHS’s Disinformation Governance Board would do specifically, Psaki said: “I really have not dug into this exactly, I mean, of course we support this effort, but let me see if I can get more details. “
The White House announced its support for an effort by DHS to crack down on what it considers to be online disinformation.
Secretary for Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas testified On Wednesday, a disinformation board was recently set up to combat online disinformation, and Politico reported that Nina Jankowicz, who has previously served as a disinformation fellow at the Wilson Center, will chair the board as CEO.
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“We know there have been a number [disinformation] out there on a range of topics, I mean, including COVID for example, and also election and eligibility, “Psaki said, adding that she would check for further information on what the board plans to do.
Asked by Heinrich about previous statements by Jankowicz and how the administration can “allay concerns” over her appointment to lead the effort fairly, Psaki replied: “It sounds like the board’s purpose is to prevent misinformation and misinformation from traveling around the country in a “I’m not sure who is against that effort.”
Psaki told reporters that she was unsure who the person who was elected to head the initiative was and that she had “no information” related to Jankowicz to discuss.
Amid her choice to serve as CEO of the recently announced board, Jankowicz, who previously served as a disinformation fellow at the Wilson Center, faces renewed criticism of previous comments she made regarding the Hunter Biden laptop story.
Jankowicz has previously referred the laptop, which has been endorsed by several news outlets as a “Trump campaign product” and suggested it was a “Russian influence”.
Jankowicz tried to clarify her October 2020 tweet this week, saying she was simply live-tweeting a presidential debate.
Members of Congress and critics on social media have blasted the decision to appoint Jankowicz and expressed concern that she would not be an impartial director on the board.
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“Instead of monitoring our border, Homeland Security has decided to make the speech of American police its top priority,” Republican Senator Josh Hawley wrote in a tweet. “They are setting up a disinformation council. No, really. And take a look at the views of the left-wing radical who is leading it.”
“Apparently this person is the new head of Homeland Security’s Disinformation Governance Board,” Washington Free Beacon reporter Chuck Ross tweeted. “Republicans did not fund the Steele dossier.”
Fox News’ Andrew Mark Miller contributed to this article.