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Media Keep Stifling the Covid Debate

re: ethics in medicine
re: Brownstone Institute
re: gaslighting and psyops

Real science is never settled, and anyone who has certainty on such things is not qualified to discuss it.

The dishonest feckless media keeps harming people and engendering distrust in our institutions.

WSJ: Media Keep Stifling the Covid Debate


A highly regarded institute published an analysis raising questions about masks. News organizations ignored it, then attacked it

Now that the Covid pandemic is behind us, you’d think scientists and the media could have an honest conversation about what they got wrong and what lessons they’ve learned. Think again.

On Jan. 30, the Cochrane Collaboration, highly regarded for its rigorous systematic reviews, published an update of its meta-analysis of masking and other physical methods to prevent respiratory illnesses. It found no strong evidence for masking, and the initial media response was silence. After conservative media covered the study, the mainstream press went on the attack. The Washington Post, the New York Times, the Atlantic and others piled on. 

As an epidemiologist, I hoped the review might dent the politicized discourse surrounding masks and other prevention measures. I sent an article to Time magazine, which had recently published my work. My editor appeared positive, requesting some reasonable modifications and focusing. He wrote me on Feb. 23 that the piece would be “published overnight.” The next day, instead of the article link, he forwarded me a tweet by Michael Mina, a medical researcher. Dr. Mina’s tweet complained that Cochrane reviews “are becoming dangerous tools of ‘scientists’ w agendas.” He cited an earlier review “attempting to discredit rapid tests.” Dr. Mina is an executive at eMed, a rapid-test company.

Eventually the editor resumed contact and asked for some further changes, which I readily accepted. “I think we’re set,” he wrote. “My colleague will finalize and publish.” I heard nothing from him until two weeks later, when he finally confirmed Time had decided to kill the piece.


Follow the science,” they said throughout the pandemic. You can’t do that if you suppress scientific debate.

WIND: “the science” was nothing more than gaslighting and psyops by depraved people in positions of power. If there were justice, we’d have a shortage of gibbets.

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