There is an previous fable of a scorpion who needs to cross a river and satisfied a hesitant frog to hold him on its again. After all, if he strung the frog within the river, they each would die. That appeared logical so the frog agreed to take action solely to have the scorpion ship a deadly sting midway throughout. When the frog requested why the scorpion would doom them each, the scorpion replies: “I am sorry, but I couldn’t resist the urge. It’s in my nature.”
The story got here to thoughts this week when the brand new head of the Disinformation Governance Board, Nina Jankowicz, pledged to guard free speech regardless of a profession dissing and dismissing the suitable. After withering criticism of her appointment, Jankowicz declared the brand new board at Homeland Security will “maintain the Dept’s committment [sic] to protecting free speech.” She has spent a profession denouncing “first amendment zealots” like myself who imagine in a sturdy view of free speech.
As previously mentioned, Jankowicz has made a profession as an advocate for public and company censorship in addition to spreading disinformation. She has been a preferred determine on the left in assuring audiences that “the ‘free speech vs censorship’ framing is a false dichotomy.”
Not surprisingly, she was one of many first to categorical outrage on the notion that Elon Musk may restore free speech rights to Twitter:
“I shudder to think about if free speech absolutists were taking over more platforms, what that would look like for the marginalized communities … which are already shouldering … disproportionate amounts of this abuse.”
Jankowicz has declared disinformation to be “an American pathology” and stated that Joe Biden is the physician who can remedy that situation.
That pathology, nonetheless, seems to largely present itself on the suitable for Jankowicz who has been criticized for spreading disinformation on topics just like the Hunter Biden laptop computer. She can be an enormous advocate of censorship, together with calls to ban conservative publications from social media.
In her article, “How to Defeat Disinformation: An Agenda for the Biden Administration” in Foreign Affairs in November of 2020, Jankowicz wrote that Biden wanted to get into the enterprise of regulating speech in a giant method. Despite the outcry of many people over the expansive censorship applications on social media, Jankowicz was not glad. She dismissed these applications as merely
“temporary, surface-level changes to curb the spread of false claims, but [social media companies] continue to profit from the very structures and imperatives that are now driving groups of Trump-supporting, reality-denying vigilantes to rally at ballot counting centers across the country.”
That has led Jankowicz to name for good old style authorities controls over speech if Biden goes to take the specter of disinformation “seriously.” She has pushed the identical European censorship efforts that have been lately championed by Hillary Clinton after the Musk takeover.
Jankowicz wished Biden to “creat[e] a counter-disinformation czar within the National Security Council and setting up a corresponding directorate.” That “directorate” was created in Homeland Security as an alternative.
Turns out, the Biden administration gave this new energy to the Department of Homeland Security.
Jankowicz, nonetheless, is now assuring the general public that it has nothing to worry with our new Disinformation Tsar on its again. In historical past, the shores of civil liberties are suffering from useless frogs who accepted that “trust me, I’m the government” assurance.