I joined Pete Quinones of the Libertarian Institute once again on his Free Man Beyond the Wall podcast, this time to discuss how the New York Times has systematically deceived the public about COVID-19, including about how SARS-CoV-2 is transmitted, in order to manufacture consent for extreme lockdown policies. Topics we cover include:
- The CDC report that 94% of COVID-19-related deaths had other underlying medical conditions
- How the CDC, unlike with influenza, uses a single ICD code for both lab-confirmed and suspected COVID-19 deaths
- How the risk to children is greater from influenza than from SARS-CoV-2
- The phenomenon of “superspreaders” and how most infected individuals don’t transmit the virus onward
- Why children are less likely to transmit the virus and the harms associated with school closures
- How sensible measures would have protected those at highest risk while allowing younger healthy people to get on with their lives and help develop herd immunity, and how lockdown measures essentially achieved the opposite
- The blindness and shortsightedness of policymakers
- Why criticisms of Sweden’s decision not to implement lockdown are wrong
- How the herd immunity threshold might be far lower than initially estimated
- Why fearmongering claims that infection wouldn’t confer immunity were wrong
- How and why the media have downplayed, dismissed, and ridiculed good news while fearmongering and sensationalizing deceptive and alarmist stories
- How the New York Times falsely claimed that the WHO had “walked back” its statement that asymptomatic transmission is “very rare” and falsely claimed that studies had shown otherwise
- Why the distinction between asymptomatic and presymptomatic transmission is not a “semantic debate”
- The important methodological flaws of the widely cited study claiming that 44% of transmission occurs presymptomatically that the New York Times declines to relay to its readers
- How the media frequently cite sources that either don’t support or contradict their claims
- Why it’s difficult to escape the conclusion that the deception from the New York Times is willful
- How the New York Times’ narrative that transmission is largely if not predominantly driven by asymptomatic people who are spreading the virus through the airborne route creates irrational fear among the public
- How nobody will be held accountable for the harms of lockdown, which could easily be doing far more harm than good
- How the New York Times on March 17 characterized studies as having demonstrated the airborne transmissibility of SARS-CoV-2 but later walked their story back by acknowledging that this risk remained theoretical
- How the detection of viral RNA via RT-PCR assays is not necessarily indicative of infectious virus
- The role and influence of the New York Times and why it’s so important to debunk its propaganda intended to manufacture consent for harmful government policies
Here are the published installments of my article series exposing New York Times propaganda:
How the New York Times Lies about SARS-CoV-2 Transmission: Part 1 – The New York Times claims that studies have shown that SARS-CoV-2 is airborne transmissible and that the WHO is wrong to say otherwise, but the WHO is right.
How the New York Times Lies about SARS-CoV-2 Transmission: Part 2 – The New York Times misrepresents the science to support the claim that the spread of SARS-CoV-2 is driven largely by asymptomatic carriers.
How the New York Times Lies about SARS-CoV-2 Transmission: Part 3 – To manufacture consent for executive mask-wearing orders, the New York Times lies about both the WHO’s mask guidance and the science.
How the New York Times Lies about SARS-CoV-2 Transmission: Part 4 – The WHO says asymptomatic transmission of SARS-CoV-2 appears to be rare. The New York Times falsely claims science says otherwise.