White House press secretary Jen Psaki dodged a question Monday on whether the new head of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Disinformation Governance Board, Nina Jankowicz, will censor news related to Hunter Biden’s laptop.
Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy first asked Psaki if President Joe Biden was aware of the creation of the disinformation governance board.
“This is a continuation of work that was done under the prior administration, under the Trump administration, to take steps to address disinformation, address the use of disinformation in helping smugglers prompt the movement of more migrants to the border,” Psaki responded. “For anyone out there who may be concerned about the increase of migrants to the border, this is the kind of apparatus that’s working to address disinformation.”
Doocy followed up, asking if Biden wants the people on the board to “censor information that’s not helpful to him.” (RELATED: Disinformation And Wizard Rock: Meet Biden’s New ‘Minister Of Truth’ At DHS)
The “primary mission” of the board “is to establish best practices to ensure that efforts to understand and respond to disinformation are done in ways that protect privacy, civil rights and civil liberties, and the right to free speech,” Psaki said.
“Should we look forward in the future to her censoring internet traffic about the Hunter Biden laptop?” Doocy asked.
Psaki said that she had already mentioned the objective of the board and that Jankowicz has “extensive experience” addressing disinformation. (RELATED: ‘Who Do I F*ck To Be Famous And Powerful?’: Video Resurfaces Of Biden’s ‘Minister Of Truth’ Singing About Getting To The Top)
Psaki did not comment further on the laptop.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced the creation of the Disinformation Board on Wednesday to combat misinformation before the 2022 midterm elections, Fox News reported.
Mayorkas said Sunday that he could have done a “better job communicating what it does.”
“We address disinformation that presents a security threat to the homeland,” he said. “Disinformation from Russia, from China, from Iran, from the cartels.”
“This is a working group that takes best practices to make sure that in addressing disinformation that presents a threat to the homeland, our work does not infringe on free speech, does not infringe on civil rights, civil liberties. It’s not about speech, it’s about the connectivity to violence,” he added.
He also said Sunday that the board will just focus on foreign misinformation, and will not monitor American citizens, noting, “the board does not have any operational authority or capability.”