Paul Reen, President Republicans in France
May 19, 2022
May 19 UPDATE: After only 3 weeks, Biden has been forced to put a 75 day hold on his “Ministry of Truth” after massive pushback by the Republican Party concerned with freedom of speech. A bipartisan review of the “Disinformation Board” will take place during this time but the White House is vowing to continue its work. The Board’s Director, Nina Jankowicz, has chosen to resign and the Biden Administration is defending her as a victim and immediately smearing Republicans with actual disinformation: “These smears leveled by bad-faith, right-wing actors against a deeply qualified expert and against efforts to better combat human smuggling and domestic terrorism are disgusting,” deputy White House press secretary Andrew Bates said in a statement.
You may know by now that the Biden Administration has created a Disinformation Governance Board which is part of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This Board will determine what information being circulated in the media, online and throughout social media platforms is “true” and what is “not true”. They, and only they, will be the deciders of truth. This announcement would be seen as a joke if it were not so serious. Republicans and some Independents have compared this to Orwell’s 1984 “Ministry of Truth” which forces the people to believe that 2+2=5, not 4. The idea that the Government will have a Board to police the truth is such a dystopian, totalitarian concept that the news sent shock waves throughout the country, an earthquake of opposition, except of course from Democrats who found it to be a wonderful and necessary idea to silence those evil, lying white supremacist Republicans. “Move on, nothing to see here”.
What you may not know is that only after the uproar, did the DHS Secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas, try to quickly “clarify” the role of the Board in an effort at damage control. He emphasized that it will be a non-partisan board that will not attack free speech in any way and will only focus on disinformation related to immigration control and other threats to our national security. And we’re expected to believe this from a DHS Secretary who is responsible for overseeing the greatest invasion of illegal immigrants in US history (over 2 million people in 2021) and refuses to even acknowledge that we have a crisis?
It’s also important to point out when and how Mayorkas announced this Disinformation Board. It was during an April House Committee hearing to address Homeland Security. A Democrat congresswoman asked Mayorkas what his department is doing to address, as she called it, “…the disinformation we saw during the 2016, 2020 and possibly the upcoming 2022 midterms elections” that she said were “specifically targeted at people of color and Spanish speaking Americans” and “are a serious threat to our security.” Mayorkas was very proud to announce the creation of his Disinformation Governance Board as a solution to the congresswoman’s concerns. So it was in response to election “disinformation” concerns that the Board’s announcement was initially made, not immigration control. In his follow-up hearing to address Republican concerns, he never again mentioned election “disinformation” but educated minds can see through his spin.
The New Minister of the Ministry of Truth is a known supporter of disinformation
Who did Mayorkis choose to lead this new “non-partisan” Ministry of Truth? Her name is Nina Jankowicz and she’s considered a “Russian disinformation expert”. Ms Jankowicz is well accredited with a Masters degree in Russian, Eurasian and Eastern European affairs. She spent a year studying in Russia, has worked in Kiev, advising the Ukraine Government on communication strategies as part of the Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy Fellowship and published a book titled “How To Lose the Information War: Russia, Fake News, and the Future of Conflict”. Sounds impressive as far as credentials, but what has she done to combat disinformation? Nothing, she actually supports it.
She is a Democrat Party activist, spreader of disinformation, and critic of free speech. Ms. Jankowicz joined Clinton and all Democrats insisting that Trump had colluded with Russia to steal the presidency in 2016. A hideous conspiracy theory carried out for 4 years that we now know is completely false after a 2-year investigation by an independent counsel. Also, in 2020, right before the Trump/Biden election, Ms. Jankowicz praised Big Tech’s censoring of the NY Post’s Hunter Biden laptop story, calling the laptop story Russian disinformation, “a fairytale”, and “a Russian influence op”. ‘We should view it as a Trump campaign product,’ she told the New York Daily News at the time. Twitter repeatedly took down the Hunter Biden laptop story and prevented it from being spread on the platform. We now know that the story is true. The laptop turned into the FBI by a store owner is actually Hunter Biden’s and it is filled with very incriminating information regarding his financial dealings with Ukraine, Russia and China, and could implicate President Biden in illegal activities. The story was blocked by Big Tech on all social media platforms prior to the 2020 election. If it hadn’t been blocked, studies estimate that 17% of Biden voters would have changed their votes to Trump, which could have changed the election to Trump. The FBI and Department of Justice investigations are currently underway.
Ms. Jankowicz is also on record criticizing the US First Amendment saying free speech is bad for “marginalized communities.” Shortly after Elon Musk announced his purchase of Twitter, she told National Public Radio:
“I shudder to think about if free speech absolutists were taking over more platforms, what that would look like for the marginalized communities”
When Republicans grilled Mayorkas on how he could choose such a partisan to lead the Board, he simply responded “I wasn’t aware of that”, with no plans to change his appointee. Ms. Jankowicz has never apologized for or corrected any of the disinformation that she helped spread. Is this really the kind of “non-partisan” leader we’re expected to believe can impartially run such a Board? Of course not but if you’re a desperate Biden Administration that is failing on accounts, she is exactly the type of Minister you would want for the Ministry of Truth.
The 1st amendment of the U.S. Constitution addresses Freedom of Speech. It protects all citizens with the right to speak opposing opinions, including to the government, in speech, media and in peaceful demonstrations. This is the bedrock policy of the U.S. which enables for a free and fair democracy. The 1st Amendment protects all speech except calls for violence. The 1st Amendment basically protects speech that you do not agree with. We don’t need a law that protects speech that people and the government already agree with. But this new Ministry of Truth does just that. Whatever good intentions it might have, it takes the US Government into an area of censoring speech they do not agree with. This is how dictatorships govern, silencing any opposing views until there is no longer free speech at all, no longer a democracy, no longer freedom. And yet it’s the Democrats who are always screaming that if you vote Republican it’ll be the death of our Democracy!
Not just a U.S initiative but a Global Movement
Minister Jankowicz also said,
“We need the platforms to do more, and we frankly need law enforcement and our legislatures to do more as well … the U.K. has an online safety bill that’s being considered right now where they’re trying to make illegal this currently, quote, ‘awful but lawful content’ that exists online where people are being harassed.”
It’s critical to note that she praises the UK’s “online safety bill” that aims to regulate online speech even more. This is not a US problem alone. It is a global phenomenon of Leftists working together to silence any opposing views. This government information control became glaringly evident during COVID and has only accelerated. In mid-April 2022, the European Union approved new rules aimed at policing Big Tech platforms. As reported by the Financial Times, “The EU will force Big Tech companies to police content online more aggressively after approving a major piece of legislation that sets the rules for the first time on how companies should keep users safe on the internet …” Of course, some regulation of on-line information is necessary, such as calls to violence, pornography and human trafficking to name a few but a growing global governmental effort to crack down on “disinformation” undoubtedly leads to censorship of opposing (conservative) views and the eventual enforcement of government penalties. Both Left-Wing Americans and European leaders are pushing a “New World Order” where free speech is eliminated in our once-great Western Societies. This slow movement to authoritarianism will result in even more global, government-directed censorship. For example, the European Union is now supporting the proposal to make the World Health Organization (WHO) into a global health authority, and the WHO, in turn, is setting up its own censorship network.
Disinformation actually comes from the Biden Administration after their disastrous policy results
After only 15 months of Biden’s leadership, the U.S. has record inflation rates, record gas prices, record illegal immigration and record crime rates across the country. Rather than changing policy, Democrats tell themselves that blocking the truth, sending disinformation and censoring opposition must therefore be the priority.
Given the disastrous performance of the Biden Administration, it should come as no surprise that they have created a “Ministry of Truth” to use the full weight and power of the government to try and change the narrative and to censor opposing views, it’s been their plan for years. The current White House has been open about working with Big Tech social media companies to monitor (spy on) American’s posts, tweets and chats to crack down on what they decide is disinformation. It’s Biden’s allies as well because we all know that there are powerful Democrats working behind the scenes of the Biden Administration that are very influential in creating policy. Do you still think Biden is really in charge? Ex-President Obama has now decided to come out of the shadows and speak openly about policy. In a May 2022 speech at Stanford, he spoke about the dangers of disinformation and how they are the biggest threat to democracy. He called on companies to do more to stop “fake news” (conservative opinions and advocated for more government intervention and regulation. He stated:
It’s time to “pick a side” on whether social media companies should be regulated by the government and made more responsible for the content published on their services….”he stated, arguing that online “disinformation” ) is threatening the future of freedom around the world.
The Biden Administration has always been rooted in disinformation. From the first day of his campaign, Biden lied about what Trump said in Charlottesville, VA, spreading the “very fine people on both sides” lie. Trump never called Nazis very fine people. Every informed, honest person knows that he was referring to the peaceful protesters who were against tearing down controversial statues, not the Nazis. Biden continues to spread this lie to this day, with even more dementia-fueled anger.
The Biden Administration has lied about nearly every policy failure imaginable: that the horrific withdrawal from Afghanistan couldn’t have been done any better, that Russia’s war on Ukraine is the cause for every economic issue in the U.S., that massive illegal immigration is good for America and that soaring crime rates are the fault of racist Republican’s rhetoric. A majority of Americans now see through these lies despite the disinformation from the White House Press Room and the media efforts to blame Trump and his supporters. Americans know that the current economic issues started far before the war began and that the failures are due to Biden’s policies of out-of-control spending, war on fossil fuels, war on police and open borders. Biden even recently sent out a blatant lie via Twitter that of course was not flagged, a tweet that lies about vaccine availability and also seems to say – no need to worry folks, unemployment is down so the economy is strong!
“When President Biden took office, millions were unemployed and there was no vaccine available. In the last 15 months, the economy has created 8.3M jobs and the unemployment rate stands at 3.6%, the fastest decline in unemployment to start a Presidents term ever.” White House May 12,2022.
It falsely claims that there were no vaccines before he took office. The truth is that it was under Trump that the vaccines were developed and released, and everyone knows that unemployment was down in 2021 because 2020 was the complete economic shutdown of the country, and record numbers of people were forced into unemployment.
Biden and the Democrats continue to spread the disinformation that “the 2020 election was the most secure election in U.S. history”. An election that had an unprecedented number of mail-in votes (67 million) due to Democrats convincing their constituents that voting in person would be too dangerous due to COVID, and who did all they could to basically eliminate any Voter Identification (ID) requirements. Here in France, they have learned that voting in person, with proper ID, are critical to ensuring election integrity and any efforts to change this would be immediately rejected. Any Republicans who have tried to discuss the possibility of fraud in 2020 have been blacklisted for spreading the “Big Lie” conspiracy theory according to Democrats. But since the election, people have not stopped working to uncover evidence and a recent documentary film by Dinesh D’Souza titled “2000 Mules” uncovers proof of massive fraud. Everyone should pay to see “2000 Mules” via online streaming. Biden also continues to spread lies about the Jan 6 Capital protesters being “insurrectionists” (See my article on Jan 6 published in Jan 2022), and most recently spreading lies that the Supreme Court will soon outlaw mixed and same-sex marriages, after the leak on possibly sending abortion rights back to the States to decide.
Despite Biden’s efforts at spreading disinformation, according to the latest May NBC poll, Biden’s favorability ratings have plunged to a record low (39%) and a huge 75% of American believe the country is heading in the wrong direction. Democrats are facing a pending “REDWAVE” victory by Republicans in November that could result in Republican majorities in both the House and Senate. The creation of a Ministry of Truth to cover for their lies and disinformation is just another desperate move to change the narrative. When they cannot defend their failures, they simply turn to censorship.
This Ministry of Truth must be disbanded immediately. The Republican Minority is working hard to persuade moderates to vote with them to disband it and has presented legislation to do so. But as the Democrats currently hold the majority it will be a difficult battle until November when hopefully the balance of power in Congress will change. All freedom-loving patriots in the U.S. and Europe must continue to speak out and defend freedom of speech and rebel against global government’s censorship efforts under the guise of “disinformation” for the sake of our freedoms and democracies.