Bill Maher Slams Nina Jankowicz, ‘Disinfo Governance Board’: ‘These Are Not Brilliant People’

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“Real Time” host Bill Maher criticized the so-called “Disinformation Governance Board” and its executive director, Nina Jankowicz.

During his panel discussion Friday night, Maher criticized the Department of Homeland Security, which he said had a “creepy name,” for launching his new initiative, which he insisted is “even spookier.”

“Yes, they are right to compare this to Orwell in ‘Ministry of Truth,'” Maher said. “That’s exactly what it looks like.”

Acknowledging that he was “okay” with the DGB’s mission to go after disinformation from Russia and migrant smugglers, Maher took issue with DHS’s definition of “disinformation,” which is “false information that is deliberately spread with the intention of to deceive or mislead”. .”

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“Well, you could have said that about ‘If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor,'” Maher reacted, referring to President Obama’s infamous claim about Obamacare, which was declared “Lie of the Year” by PolitiFact. “He also said, there is a phase here, ‘it can take many forms.’ Okay, now we’re going faster down the slippery slope, ‘including but not limited to’ the two I mentioned… okay, so the government shouldn’t be involved in deciding what’s true or not!

“Because a lot of people are saying and my follow-up question would be, ‘Who do you think is going to be the truth czar in 2025?’ Maher added.

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Former Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif., who says she is on the DHS advisory committee, slammed the DGB, telling Maher, “I don’t understand this article” and that she was never consulted about it before launch. She added that the board would be “fine” if it were “limited” to limited missions, but expanding its authority “would be very unfortunate.”

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Maher then pointed to comments Jankowicz previously made about wanting to “essentially edit Twitter” to “add context to certain tweets.”

“Oh, you mean what is Twitter?” Maher told Jankowicz. That’s Twitter! When someone says something and you add context.”

He added: “These are not brilliant people in our government.”

Nina Jankowicz will be the executive director of the Department of Homeland Security's Disinformation Governance Board.

Nina Jankowicz will be the executive director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Disinformation Governance Board.
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Last week, Maher closed his show with a monologue denouncing internet censorship.

“This idea that we can clean up Twitter and screen you for fake news and misinformation is so ridiculous,” Maher told his audience. “People always lie. That’s what people do. Every age is the age of misinformation. And every time a new media outlet comes along, some hit the censorship button. In 1858, The New York Times thought that we couldn’t handle the transatlantic telegraph “They said it was ‘shallow and too fast for the truth'”.

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“Lies are all around you, develop a better bullshit detector. That’s a better solution than giving up what I’m allowed to read. Who decides that? Who decides what gets the ‘no evidence of that’ label? he asked later.

“Sometimes misinformation is just the first draft of the story. I see a lot of stuff on social media and also old media and I don’t completely believe any of it right away. Not until I check it out. And when I ask if it’s true, usually the answer turns out to be ‘Well, sort of’ or ‘Yes, but’ As you can see, we’ve all become very adept at saying things that are technically true but lack context or that they leave out half the story. So if we’re going to ban lies, does that include the half-truth, the half-truth and wait, don’t the smartest people in the world believe that what really matters is ‘your truth? ‘?

“This is still America, where people have the right to express what they think, including being wrong to lie and, yes, the right to be an idiot. And if you think you know everything and that no one else could have done some other truth, you should be glad for that protection, because you’re a——,” added Maher.

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