A former Biden administration official who oversaw a federal initiative against alleged disinformation filed a civil lawsuit against Fox News on Wednesday, alleging that the news outlet defamed her and damaged her career.
Nina Jankowicz, former head of the now-disbanded Disinformation Governance Board, alleged in a complaint filed Wednesday that Fox News, via figures like host Laura Ingram and former host Tucker Carlson, waged a malicious campaign of destruction against her that allegedly damaged her career and well-being.
By particular, Fox described Jankowicz as moronic, an embarrassment to her parents and employers, and a self-obsessed social media neophyte, reads the complaint, filed in the Delaware Superior Court on May 10.
Jankowiczs lawyers allege that the purpose of these descriptions was neither news nor political commentary, but was intended to denigrate Jankowiczs character and professional reputation, particularly since they continued long after Jankowiczs resignation from government.
The complaint cited former host Tucker Carlsons comments regarding Jankowiczs appearance in a Tik Tok video as an example.
They hired some Mary Poppins lookalike Nina Jankowicz to silence anyone who criticized the Biden administration, Carlson said, as cited by the complaint. Better wake up and get involved, or your future will consist of asking permission to exercise your own most basic rights from people like that.
Epoch Times Photo Nina Jankowicz, a disinformation expert and vice president at the Centre for Information Resilience, in Washington on March 23, 2023. Jankowicz was the head of the now-defunct Department of Homeland Security (DHS) disinformation board. (Bastien Inzaurralde/AFP via Getty Images) Jankowiczs Claims To prove that Fox News defamed her, Jankowicz is required to establish that Fox Newss broadcasted statements were falsehoods purporting to be fact, caused harm to her, and neglected to behave with reasonable care as a media company.
Because she was a public official, her lawsuit needs to clear a higher legal bar than normal defamation cases: namely, proving actual malice, or that the alleged perpetrator has made statements with the knowledge that it was false or with reckless disregard of whether it was false or not.
For the falsehood element, Jankowiczs lawyers say in the complaint that Fox News hosts promulgated alleged lies in three critical ways, including: that Jankowicz intended to censor Americans speech, that she was fired from her post, and that she wanted to give verified Twitter users the power to edit others tweets.
The complaint writes that Jankowicz has never advocated against individuals sharing their views and has publicly condemned censorship as ineffective against disinformation and that Fox News hosts allegedly knew this position but continued to portray her as a proponent of censorship.
The statements were made with actual knowledge of their falsity or with reckless disregard of the same, the complaint reads.
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Scary Poppins, the queen of disinformation, big mad. Why how dare people call her out on her attempts to subvert freedom of speech? This woman is almost as disgusting as Hitlery and Nanzi.