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A commentator at CNN, a network which some people jokingly refer to as the “Fox News Review Channel” because of its obsession with Fox News, suggested Sunday that Fox News is “killing people” by posing questions about the coronavirus vaccine.
The entire segment by commentator Dana Bash was centered on President Joe Biden’s claim last week that “the only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated” and that this pandemic is being driven by “misinformation” that is “killing people.”
The claim was false. Plenty of vaccinated Americans have also contracted the coronavirus, including several congressional Democrats.
Nevertheless, Bash accepted the claim as fact and brought in Surgeon General Vivek Murthy to speak to him about both it and Fox News.
To demonstrate this so-called “misinformation” that’s allegedly responsible for COVID deaths, Bash played clips of Fox News hosts decrying vaccine mandates.
While they’re relatively far and few between, some institutions have mandated vaccination, provoking anger from those who believe in freedom and liberty. But according to Bash, it’s not only unacceptable to dissent — but deadly as well.
“President Biden accused social media platforms of killing people. Do you think conservative media, like FOX News, are doing the same? Are they killing people, too, with rhetoric like you just heard?” she asked Murphy.
To his credit, Murphy didn’t take the bait, in that he didn’t go after Fox News. However, he did deliver a lecture on how the media owe it to the public to only share information about the vaccine that the “science dictates.”
“I think all of us, including the media, including individuals, health professionals, have a responsibility to share the truth about health, as science dictates, as science informs us. And unless we do that, unless we are honest about the consequences of our communication with people, unless we are rigorous about ensuring that what we communicate is actually sourced from science, and not from an opinion, on critical issues like the vaccine, then we are going to ultimately put people at risk,” he said.
“And that is my great worry, Dana. There are people all across our country, and I hear from folks all the time, who are struggling to make decisions about their health after this very difficult year we have been through. People deserve to have access to accurate information. They deserve to hear that from their leaders. They deserve to hear that from the media. They deserve to see that on platforms online.”
He added, “And that — they need that information to be able to make decisions to protect themselves and their families. That’s the least we can do for them. And my worry is that all this misinformation that’s floating around is having a real cost that can be measured in lives lost. And that is just tragic.”
It sounded as if he was saying that the American people, but particularly those with a prominent voice, shouldn’t be allowed to share their opinion “on critical issues like the vaccine” unless their opinion is the same as that of the government.
The problem, according to critics, is that, despite being branded as “the science,” the government’s opinion has a history of being grossly wrong.
If you trust the Biden WH to decree what is “misinformation,” these claims have been deemed as such:
* COVID is transmitted human-to-human (Jan 2020)
* You should wear masks to protect against COVID (March 2020)
* It’s possible COVID leaked from the Wuhan lab (all of 2020).
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) July 17, 2021
If you followed science on masking rather than Public Health Experts™, you were derided as anti-science. Now, based on no new science, Public Health Experts™ belatedly recognize the idiocy of post-vaccination masking. Always remember: science is a process, not an institution.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) May 13, 2021
For instance, the government, the media and their “experts” all dismissed the lab leak theory as “disinformation” and “misinformation” for over a year straight, but it’s now known that they were dead wrong.
The problem is that science doesn’t “dictate” information. Science is a process wherein information is analyzed and tested over and over again until a definitive truth can be established.
By labeling dissenting ideas and theories as “misinformation” or “disinformation,” the government is in fact preventing the actual process of science from occurring.
The First Amendment protects the spreading of misinformation in almost every context.
It does so because what’s widely perceived as false may at times be unpopular truth.
It recognizes that human progress is built upon the advancement of ideas the majority once did not accept.
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) July 18, 2021
Yes, because science is a process and not an institution. https://t.co/KxVL8teaFC
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) May 12, 2021
In fact, this is exactly what happened with hydroxychloroquine, which was banned by some governors on the grounds that it was somehow dangerous.
Yet a recently published study found that when combined with zinc, it increased coronavirus survival rates among patients by three times.
Trump’s early and strong recommendation of hydroxychloroquine comes back to bite; Fauci hit hardhttps://t.co/Bg8NMWDhzV
— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) June 10, 2021
Something similar is now happening with the drug Ivermectin — and the same thing will likely keep happening so long as the government thinks it alone has the power to define the meaning of science.
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