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We All Got Fooled Again
I discovered that I, like so many of us, failed to see Newsweek's "Scientific Community Apology" article published this week for exactly what is was - pure propaganda. Again. They just won't stop.
Although I have been describing myself of late as an "expert" in spotting Covid Disinformation and propaganda tactics, this week I discovered that I, along with many others, got fooled by the above Newsweek article, naively thinking it as representative of the genuine reflecting of a bold medical student.
After reading the below analysis of that article by A Midwestern Doctor on their “Forgotten Side of Medicine” Substack, I am both pleased and embarrassed to discover that I got “schooled.” You would think that I would no longer need such instruction after three years of being exposed to unending media propaganda around almost all Covid scientific topics and policies. But alas, I discovered that I still have more to learn about spotting propaganda (i.e. a story or message to get you to think or act in a certain way).
A Midwestern Doctor saw the article for exactly what is was - yet another lame attempt at a "plea for amnesty" by those in power. Recall that their first attempt at trying to absolve themselves of their disastrous and damaging Covid policies failed spectacularly (you know, the one written by Emily Oster in the Atlantic).
In my defense, I read the above article only once and very quickly before I decided to immediately tweet it out in a somewhat positive way (like many others). The decision to use a medical student as an author of this “Oster 2.0” article was ingenious and was one way in which I got suckered by it. The other reason is that, the tactics used in the article were much more nuanced than in Oster’s piece and thus required a close reading, especially to the actual words/language used and the intent behind their use.
I also think I got fooled by it because I sincerely (and naively) have been feeling like the “truth,” (or if you prefer, the “lies”) especially in regards to vaccines, are now being so widely exposed at an astonishing rate from so many varied data sources. This has resulted in numerous countries (but not enough) now severely limiting their use (not in the United States of Pharma but still).
Further, vaccine uptake has plummeted across the country and world, and court decisions have been striking down mandates (largely based on an assessment of the scientific data). Twitter is more openly (but imperfectly) allowing the sharing of numerous previously censored scientific viewpoints. I was interpreting all these changes as finally reflecting a transition I mistakenly believed was starting to happen every single day over the past two years. Despite being consistently proven wrong upon awakening the next day to the newest absurdity in non-scientific policies and supportive media lies, this time, I really really thought it was starting to happen no?
What I have been hoping for is that the expert and deeply researched “private knowledge” held by the huge network of independant Covid researchers and scientists that I am proudly a part of… would finally make the transition to being held as “common knowledge.” I thus over enthusiastically interpreted that article as emblematic of the beginning of a positive change in national awareness and potentially policy (ouch). Such a bold article calling out so many mistakes, and in a national magazine! Wow. Finally!
If you are like me and thought Newsweek’s decision to publish an article like that was a genuine reflection of changing sentiment among not only the scientific community but also political and industry leadership, then please read the below essay. It wasn’t. At all. We are still getting played, but, at the same time, I think the decision to publish that article shows they are getting desperate. Enjoy (and please subscribe to “A Midwestern Doctor’s” Substack here).
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