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Joe Biden's new 'disinformation czar' dismissed concerns about Critical Race Theory in schools as 'disinformation for profit' - despite parents across the country being worried about the teaching of the philosophy in their children's classrooms.
Nina Jankowicz, a disinformation expert who has worked throughout Eastern Europe, was hired on April 27 to lead a Homeland Security Department working group designed to help its different agencies in dealing with disinformation on topics ranging from migration to plots from Russia and Iran.
But her appointment has angered Republicans.
The Republican National Committee dubbed the committee she heads 'Ministry of Truth' in a nod to George Orwell's novel '1984,' and raised fears that the group will deem as disinformation 'any speech we don't like.'
Other critics have seized upon her past comments - noting that she described Hunter Biden's laptop as 'the laptop from hell' and echoed the opinion of national security experts at the time that the laptop was part of a Russian influence operation.
It has since been confirmed by multiple news organizations, including DailyMail.com, as authentic.
On Wednesday, a clip from a November 2021 address to The City Club of Cleveland was circulated online, which showed Jankowicz downplaying concerns about CRT.
One man in the audience said that Republicans were using Critical Race Theory to divide people, and asked her: 'How do you get people to understand and go beyond the headlines?'
Critical race theory, or CRT, is a legal framework taught primarily in law schools which claims that racism is embedded in American political and social institutions.
Conservatives have taken to using the phrase as a way to describe lessons on racism and 'equity' across all grade levels - and have criticized the theory for claiming that the U. S. is built on racial animus, with skin color determining the social, economic and political differences between people.
Advocates, however, say its' teaching is necessary to underline how deeply racism pervades society. Critics say it is divisive and paints everyone as a victim or oppressor.
Loudoun Superintendent Scott Ziegler maintains that CRT is not being taught to students, and that parents and other activists are seizing upon the district's equity training for staff and claiming it is being taught in classrooms.
Jankowicz, for her part, said at City Club of Cleveland event: 'You're absolutely right that Critical Race Theory has become one of those hot-button issues that the Republicans and other disinformers, who are engaged in disinformation for profit, frankly - there are plenty of media outlets that are making money off this too - have seized on.
'And I live in Virginia, and in Loudoun County that's one of the areas where people have really honed in on this topic.
'But it's no different than any of the other hot-button issues that have allowed disinformation to flourish.
She recommended that the audience be aware of reading articles that made you feel emotional and passionate, and said she supported public media, because they are able to give time and space for debate.
Members of the Loudoun County School Board are facing the prospect of being forced from office in November - a year early - after Virginia's new GOP governor, Glenn Youngkin, ordered them to seek re-election.
'Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, elections for all nine districts of the Loudoun County School Board shall be held on November 5, 2022,' the amendment to HB 1138 reads.
The board is made up of nine members, including Jeff Morse, chair of the Dulles District; Ian Serotkin, Vice-Chair of Blue Ridge District; at-large member Denise Corbo; Atoosa Reaser of the Algonkian District; Harris Mahedavi, of the Ashburn District; Andrew Hoyler of the Broad Run District; John Beatty of the Catoctin District; and Tom Marshall of the Leesburg District.
The Loudoun School Board has been mired in controversy - beyond CRT.
Last year they were in the headlines for covering up a sexual assault on school grounds, which led to an additional assault of a young girl - whose father infamously attended a school board meeting and had to be forcibly removed.
They have continued to court controversy, with the board's approval of a $6 million 'equity-training' program last April, as well as the September approval of a study into whether it would be appropriate to give reparations to black people.
Younkin said the amendment was a chance to 'reflect the will of parents' sooner.
'The last few years just absolutely signified some real challenges with the Loudoun County School Board,' Younkin told 7NewsDC.
'And so in the spirit of transparency and accountability, my amendment gives parents the ability to elect their school board.'
But the move came as a surprise to school board members.
Jankowicz, meanwhile - a Wilson Center global fellow - previously published information that was later found to be false or misleading, and a tweet Jankowicz sent in October 2020 has resurfaced and is making the rounds in conservative circles.
'Back on the 'laptop from hell,' apparently - Biden notes 50 former natsec officials and 5 former CIA heads that believe the laptop is a Russian influence op,' she tweeted at the time.
She now says that the tweet was part of her 'live tweeting' a debate between Trump and Biden, just one month before the presidential general election.
Republicans, however, are using the post to pounce on her political leanings.
'For those who believe this tweet is a key to all my views, it is simply a direct quote from both candidates during the final presidential debate,' Jankowicz said, defending the original tweet.
'If you look at my timeline, you will see I was livetweeting that evening,' she added.
Woke Nina Jankowicz is now head of Biden's dystopian 'disinformation board' Nina Jankowicz had already made a name for herself before being appointed head of Biden's Russian disinformation unit. Jankowicz, 33, is a successful author who is currently eight months pregnant with her first child. She grew up in New Jersey and is dating Michael Stein.The couple are happily shacked up in a $1 million, three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom property they own in Arlington, Virginia.Jankowicz, attended Bryn Mawr College and Georgetown University, before embarking on a glittering career in foreign relations.She managed programs to Russia and Belarus at th... (Read more)