Greenwald pinpoints pivotal moment that ‘single-handedly destroyed trust in public health officials’

Get the latest BPR news delivered free to your inbox daily. SIGN UP HERE

Journalist Glenn Greenwald has managed to touch upon the exact moment that public health officials, with the assistance of the leftist media and the government, destroyed all trust and faith in their expertise during the pandemic.

“This was a pivotal moment in the pandemic’s history: For 4 months, the message was clear and unrelenting: everyone must stay home. Those who leave – even to go to a deserted beach – are reckless sociopaths. It flipped overnight to endorse a mass protest movement liberals liked,” Greenwald tweeted, referring to an article titled “Suddenly, Public Health Officials Say Social Justice Matters More Than Social Distance” that Politico ran in June of 2020.

“That episode single-handedly destroyed trust in public health officials, proving they’d politicize their expertise when convenient. Corporate media celebrated a douchebag-lawyer shaming families at deserted beaches, then — overnight! — cheered densely packed street protests,” he asserted.

“In June, I was drafting an article on this flagrantly politicized reversal of COVID messaging. When @theintercept editors learned this, they commissioned an article — for the same day — to argue racism, not COVID, was the greatest health crisis, so everyone *should* go protest,” Greenwald recalled.

“As usual, elite institutions — media, government, public health authorities — love to whine about the refusal of the public to trust their pronouncements, complaining people turn to other less credentialed and worthy sources. But they *never* ask what they did to cause this,” he continued.

Greenwald’s assertion is hard to argue with considering that the media and the left have previously argued that Black Lives Matter protests weren’t superspreader events, but the Capitol riot was. The Washington Post also proclaimed that Lollapalooza wasn’t a superspreader event, but the largely conservative Sturgis motorcycle rally was. It would seem that if it was a leftist protest for social issues, gatherings received a pass during the pandemic. But if it was a Trump rally or some other conservative get-together, the virus ran wild and it was all the Republicans’ fault.

COVID is not politically affiliated and it most assuredly doesn’t give a rip about racism or social justice. Just ask Taylor Swift who is a raging liberal and held an album party this month that became a so-called superspreader event where nearly 100 tested positive for COVID, according to NBC News.

The Politico piece was indeed a pivot point for health experts as Americans collectively tuned them out after their push for social justice over social distancing.

“For months, public health experts have urged Americans to take every precaution to stop the spread of Covid-19—stay at home, steer clear of friends and extended family, and absolutely avoid large gatherings,” the piece reported. “Now some of those experts are broadcasting a new message: It’s time to get out of the house and join the mass protests against racism.”

“We should always evaluate the risks and benefits of efforts to control the virus,” Jennifer Nuzzo, who is a Johns Hopkins epidemiologist, tweeted. “In this moment the public health risks of not protesting to demand an end to systemic racism greatly exceed the harms of the virus.”

“The injustice that’s evident to everyone right now needs to be addressed,” Abraar Karan, a Brigham and Women’s Hospital physician who urged coronavirus experts to amplify the protests’ anti-racist message stated.

“While I have voiced concerns that protests risk creating more outbreaks, the status quo wasn’t going to stop #covid19 either,” he wrote on Twitter.

There probably isn’t a quicker way to tank your authority and lose all the respect you have built your career upon than to make it political and that is exactly what health experts did.

Many agree with Greenwald’s astute assessment:


Please help us! If you are fed up with letting radical big tech execs, phony fact-checkers, tyrannical liberals and a lying mainstream media have unprecedented power over your news please consider making a donation to BPR to help us fight them. Now is the time. Truth has never been more critical!

Success! Thank you for donating. Please share BPR content to help combat the lies.


We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, profanity, vulgarity, doxing, or discourteous behavior. If a comment is spam, instead of replying to it please click the ∨ icon below and to the right of that comment. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain fruitful conversation.

PLEASE JOIN OUR NEW COMMENT SYSTEM! We love hearing from our readers and invite you to join us for feedback and great conversation. If you've commented with us before, we'll need you to re-input your email address for this. The public will not see it and we do not share it.

Latest Articles