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Dr. Leana Wen, CNN: “There was, and is, a time and place for pandemic restrictions. But when they were put in, it was always with the understanding that they would be removed as soon as we can. And, in this case, circumstances have changed. Case counts are declining. Also, the science has changed.”
When did the science change? Just 2 weeks ago, when Bill Maher said: “I don’t want to live in your paranoid world anymore!”, Whoopi Goldberg responded with “How dare you?” When Bari Weiss echoed Maher’s sentiment, CNN opined: “Weiss seemed to dismiss the deaths of more than 878,000 Americans.” But now that “the science has changed,” I guess almost a million dead Americans no longer mind CNN benevolently acquiescing to easing restrictions. The science did not just change in two weeks — it made a complete U-turn! This must have been the fastest change in direction of “the science” in human history.
If you know anything about science (and if you did, you wouldn’t be watching CNN,) you know that the science does not “change” in a matter of days. The scientists do not convene in an ivory tower and come out next morning announcing the new “science,” like the white smoke announces the arrival of a new pope. Scientific discoveries take months, and often years, of inquiries, studies, experiments, and most importantly, debates and conversations among experts of different schools of thought. But that was not how “the science” of Covid worked.
Let’s go back to Dr. Fauci’s famous diatribe: “people shouldn’t be walking around with a mask.” In March of 2020, Dr. Fauci said national television that “masks may block a droplet or two, but they do not provide a perfect of protection that people think” — and he even implied that masks do more harm than good! Only weeks later, masks became “the law of the land.” When faced with this abrupt change of guidance, Doctor Fauci declared that “the science has changed!”
What sudden scientific epiphany changed Dr. Fauci’s guidance so abruptly? Did he conduct a quick (but extensive!) study revealing that masks block a lot more particles than previously thought? Did he study people’s habits to discover that they don’t fiddle with masks as much as he imagined? Dr. Fauci never told us what scientific discovery changed “the science” in a matter of weeks; but as a result, universal masking had a terrible detrimental effect on our society with nothing to show for it. Isn’t science magical?
Democratic Governors Association communications director David Turner: “Everybody realizes they need to provide some light at the end of the tunnel, for some sense of normalcy.”
“Everybody realizes?” For two years, people who called for restoring “the sense of normalcy” were attacked, banned, and accused of murder. The “medical experts” of mainstream media declared the “normal life” is no more. Anybody challenging that was accused of “spreading misinformation.”
For two years, the ruse of “misinformation” stood in the way of making any meaningful inquiries about Covid. Just like the Soviet newspaper “Pravda” claimed monopoly on The Truth, the Biden administration’s propaganda arm — social media — branded themselves the sole purveyors of “the science.” From esteemed academics to comedians, anybody deviating from “the government approved” school of thought was accused of “spreading dangerous misinformation.” Whenever questions arose (here, here, and here) social media banned “unacceptable views,” only to reverse themselves later, pointing, once again, to “the changing science.” As if by magic, yesterday’s “misinformation” became “the science” of today.
The term “misinformation” does not belong in a free society. Free people do not get their information from “government approved sources.” We want to hear multiple points of view (the more the merrier) and then pick the most credible based on the substance of the arguments and the credentials of the presenter.
Conservatives don’t want to silence their opposition, because as soon as data and logic are out, it becomes obvious that the left is an emperor wearing no clothes. The left knows that their logic crumbles under the slightest scrutiny: every time AOC opens her mouth 10 people turn conservative. Fully embracing her “facts are overrated” mantra, they replace facts with feelings, and they justify failure by citing “noble intent.” Just like a strong sports team welcomes fair competition, conservatives welcome debate, because we are confident in our ability to win it. The left fear open debate, so they try to silence it. Their only chance to prevail is for you to never hear an opposing argument.
The left does not trust you to evaluate your sources and make your own judgement of what is true and what is “misinformation.” They treat you as a dumb teenager who needs your data strictly monitored, carefully curated, and skillfully interpreted by your media overloads. When you hear the word “misinformation,” take it as an insult.
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