How Science is Being Undermined
By none other than the media and "fact" checkers
Lately, in the last couple years especially, there has been a surge of fact checking services. Instagram and Facebook use these services to warn users of “misinformation” and “falsehoods”, and many other media cite these services as credible sources. For a long while, these warnings on IG and FB were of little matter to me and sometimes they would even pop up on completely irrelevant posts that the algorithms would detect as “misinformation” to my amusement. However something I saw recently finally tipped me over the edge.
I saw Dr. Peter A. McCullough speak on Joe Rogan’s Podcast and so I went to his Wikipedia page to see what his credentials were, and to see a general summary of his work. First two sentences are a quite basic, innocent summary of the man, however the third sentence (which also shows up in the little information box when you search his name on Google) is where things take a turn for the worse. The third sentence reads: “During the COVID-19 pandemic, McCullough promoted misinformation about COVID-19, the COVID-19 vaccine, and COVID-19 treatments.” Now, they cite 3 sources for these claims, and I have gone through all 3 of these in detail. The first 2 are not quite as egregious (and maybe even sinister) as the 3rd one1 so I will be focusing on that to make my point. The first claim of his that they analyze is “Once an individual recovers from Covid-19, they have robust, complete and durable immunity with a negligible risk of ever getting Covid-19 again.” Their so-called debunk of this claim quotes the WHO “The World Health Organization (WHO) states that infected people without symptoms can still transmit the virus.” Notice how these statements have absolutely nothing to do with each other, McCullough is discussing recovered individuals, and WHO currently infected individuals. Coming from the world’s oldest news agency calling this negligence would be underplaying their malice. This is an obvious attack on a scientist nonetheless in order to discredit him and his knowledge.
The second McCullough quote is “We don’t need to treat everybody but high risk people over age 50 with medical problems should receive early treatment to reduce hospitalisation and death.” The way AFP debunks this claim is by quoting CDC “…CDC says … younger people should still be vaccinated…” In addition to CDC Olivier Schwartz, head of the Virus and Immunity Unit at the Pasteur Institute in France, says “It is obvious that people under 50 who are in good health should be vaccinated.” Not quite as blatant, but they still (attempt to) invalidate Dr. McCullough’s stand on things without actually providing sources to support their own claims. And this is the main problem I wish to address.
Science, or at least science that is displayed through the media, and the science that the governments, media and the people listen to, has become dogmatic, very much resembling religion. Any opposition to the norm is instantly shut down and discredited with fact checks. Is the “debunk” above really a debunk? Are the the scientific facts so certain (Well that is what a fact is…) that they can simply shut down a fellow scientist by saying “No”?
For two years and counting, the West has been constantly going in and out of lockdowns, encouraging (by taking away the unvaccinated’s rights) vaccinations. I do not see a significant improvement in our lives. Deaths have stopped following the surges in cases, but that’s about it. There is a general unrest, constant protests all around Europe, people are unhappy. But throughout all this, one thing that has ceaselessly stuck around is the government’s and the media’s undoubting trust in science that supports lockdowns and vaccines. Why have they discouraged the use, or even the research on the efficacy, of ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine and other alternative medicine? Doctors who dare promote these are berated, fact checked (using the science they oppose so obviously they will be labeled as a misinformation spreader) and even suspended from the very hospitals they work at. Why are we so adamant that the current science is absolutely correct?
One potential cause I can see right now for this dogmatic, almost religion-like behaviour from the media is that they have repeated the “correct” science so many times that they have internalized that information and simply demonize any other science. Now some might say “But that’s just the media, obviously media is not to be trusted.” etc. Media and government are in a feedback loop with each other. Media is upset about something? Government is forced to listen in order to appease the media (thinking they are making the people happy), in turn when government mandates something media does not question it, they take it as absolute truth and start fact checking anyone who dare oppose. And the majority of people listen to the media, or they are forced to listen simply because by seeing something repeated many times one learns that information as if it was certain truth if one does not know any better.
The state of science surrounding COVID-19 reminds me of Galileo Galilei’s story, the authority using their authority to supress the truth. Do know that I am not implying that every opposing bit of information is right, I am simply taking notice of the fact that (COVID-19) science has become dogmatic, hostile to criticism, almost like the Catholic Church of 1600s.