CNN’s Brian Stelter lets Nina Jankowicz off the hook over misinformation she peddled in interview


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CNN’s left-leaning media correspondent Brian Stelter allowed the former head of the now-defunct “Disinformation Governance Council” to skate through an interview despite his long history of peddling disinformation.

In Sunday’s “Reliable Sources,” Stelter spoke with Nina Jankowicz about the criticism she faced after the Biden administration announced its new initiative, which has been called “Orwellian” and compared to the “Department of the Truth,” with Jankowicz named executive director. .

“Those critics — there were a lot of them, they were incredibly loud,” Stelter said. “They say you’re just a giant liberal, that you could never be properly hired for this job because you yourself posted misinformation on Twitter.”

“Well, there’s a lot to unpack,” Jankowicz replied.

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Jankowicz dismissed the idea that her past as a staunch supporter of the Democrats would impact her role as executive director of the disinformation council since the council, as she repeatedly claimed, was never meant to control freedom of expression.

An image of Nina Jankowicz from Twitter and a hand scrolling through ‘fake news’
(Arkadiusz Wargula/iStock)

She insisted she “did not post misinformation”, saying the tweets she posted in 2016 that raised the Trump-Russia collusion narrative were merely “sharing news”.

Jankowicz then attempted to dismiss the outcry she received over her response to the Hunter Biden laptop controversy by keeping the focus on tweets she made while watching the 2020 presidential debate.

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“Other people focused on tweets that were — they were completely stripped of context,” Jankowicz said. “The one the Conservatives really liked to amplify was a tweet that they claimed made me feel like I was calling Hunter Biden’s laptop misinformation when in fact I was live tweeting a debate, you know, saying the exact words that Biden and then President Trump said in a debate – totally stripped of context and people didn’t want to delve into the context.”

Except his comments about Hunter Biden’s laptop went far beyond his “live tweet.”

Nina Jankowicz discusses misinformation governance council on break on CNN "Reliable sources."

Nina Jankowicz discusses the disinformation governance board on hiatus on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.”
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In October 2020, after the New York Post first broke the story of Hunter Biden’s laptop, Jankowicz told The Associated Press, “We should consider it a product of the Trump campaign.” .

Then, in a Washington Post op-ed she wrote a few days later, she touted testimony she had just given to the House Intelligence Committee on the threat of online disinformation, where she suggested the computer laptop had an “illicit origin”.

“As far as Russia and what we’ve learned, I’m not sure the United States has actually learned a lot of lessons,” Jankowicz said on Oct. 16, 2020. “I think the last two days have shown what we’ve learned, maybe, or at least they’ve become more circumspect about how to report piracy materials and leaks or things that might be illicitly sourced.”

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Additionally, she repeatedly promoted the Trump-Russia collusion narrative and praised Christopher Steele, the former British intelligence officer who pushed the now largely debunked Steele dossier, as a reliable expert. in misinformation.

But none of that was mentioned by Stelter, who complained that the government appears unable to tackle disinformation following the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to put the disinformation committee on “pause.”

Stelter did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

Brian Stelter, who often denounces "disinformation" shared on social media, failed to pressure Nina Jankowicz over the misinformation she promoted before she was chosen as executive director of the "Disinformation Governance Council." (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)

Brian Stelter, who often speaks out about the sharing of “misinformation” on social media, did not pressure Nina Jankowicz about the misinformation she promoted before she was named executive director of the “Corporate Governance Council.” disinformation”. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)

Stelter is far from the only journalist to let Jankowicz off the hook. Last week, The New York Times fought for the “Disinformation Governance Council” and failed to mention the various lies peddled by Jankowicz despite interviewing her, saying she was “targeted in line with false or misleading information about her role” and refrained from delving into what her detractors had actually said.

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Following the overthrow of the board by DHS, Jankowicz was interviewed by MSNBC, CBS, NPR, and another time by CNN, none of which pushed her to explain why she faced such a backlash.

Similarly, Taylor Lorenz of The Washington Post, who broke the story of the board “break,” not only failed to acknowledge Jankowicz’s checkered past, but even called Jankowicz a “victim” of “coordinated online attacks”.


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