I am a concerned resident of this earth, hoping we can make it a better place for everyone.
Over the last decade, western media has wielded the power to control narratives to a frightening degree. The media told us who we should like, who we should trust, who to hate, who to love and what to believe. The last two years, in particular, were the most horrifying to me. The media controlled the narrative to the point that if you told me that they were auditioning to be state run media houses of a communist regime, I would have believed you.
Cable hosts continuously acted like activists and campaign organizers. Some legacy media appeared to become tabloids and others seemed to be in the process of starting a drama club. It was all extremely bizarre and terrifying at the same time, mostly terrifying.
Majority of people just living their day to day lives would not have noticed this shift. Why would they, regular people are living busy lives, juggling work, children, finances and now a global pandemic. So, when they turn on the news or open their newspaper, they expect that the journalists will provide them with the necessary information they need. Information that they trust to have been verified and factual. Thus, many regular people simply consumed the media oblivious to what was really happening in the world.
I wish to highlight two major news topics in particular, Covid and Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Origins of Covid?
Throughout the last year, most people wondered how this pandemic even started, regular people wondered, yet the media did not. The media had set narratives that they choose to stand on. Orange man bad, Fauci is supreme and “trust the Science… only if we deem it science”.
In the early months of 2020, many scientists, including evolutionary biologists, virologists and epidemiologists, tried to sound the alarm on Covid being a possible lab leak. For instance, Bret Weinstein, an evolutionary biologist, who hosts “DarkHorse Podcast” on Youtube, has been constantly censored when speaking on Covid. I do not know if everything he said is true or not, but I do know that he sounded the alarm on the possibility of a lab leak early in 2020 and has since been vindicated. Vindicated in the sense that the media now is reporting on the mounting evidence that points to a possible lab leak, as well as, allowing discussion to take place.
Another scientist that you probably have never heard of, is Dr. Li-Meng Yan, a Chinese virologist, previously employed by the Hong Kong School of Public Health, before she blew the whistle on the Chinese Government. She claimed that China knew about the spread of the coronavirus before publicly acknowledging the outbreak and that the virus was man-made.
Fearing for her life, she escaped China and fled to America. However, even though, she is a virologist who was in China during the outbreak, western mainstream media quickly ignored and dismissed her claims, with only networks like Fox News seeking to interview her. Furthermore, the media in India did a much better job on reporting on her story than America's media.
I do not purport that she is right but in the interest of science and truth, her claims should have been properly examined in 2020. Why only now are we allowed to discuss her research?
We were all told to “trust the science”, however, why is it that many scientists were not allowed to talk about science? The whole point of science is to test theories and see if they hold up to scrutiny but that is not what was occurring, this past year. Instead, we were not allowed to discuss openly about science, if it was not first approved by the media and Fauci.
This leads me to a very salient point, that the media treats Fauci as infallible and any dissecting voices as heathens.
The Infallible Dr. Fauci
Inconsistencies in Mask Policy
Since the start of the pandemic, the media has held Fauci on a pedestal, he was seen as the antithesis of Trump and “America’s doctor”. However, the media has continuously ignored his constant failings, inconsistencies and possible duplicity. Here, I am not speaking about how science changes and scientists have to work with the information at hand. I am speaking about lying and covering up scandals.
Firstly, masks, Fauci initially told the public that “masks made things worst” and not to buy masks. Later, he admits that he said that not because he believe it at the time but due to not wanting a mask shortage to affect healthcare workers. This was not a case where the science was updated but instead a lie, for what some people consider the right reasons, but a lie, nonetheless.
The public should have been told explicitly that masks work and that we needed to ensure that healthcare works had the masks that they needed. Moreover, a mask making campaign could have been led to ensure that the whole population had access to masks.
The mainstream media does not push back on Fauci and takes his word as gospel. Fauci downplayed the importance of masks which probably caused many people to become infected and possibly die, in early 2020.
Remember when Trump downplayed the severity of Covid because he did not want the public to panic? Remember how the media, rightfully so, dragged him through the mud because of it? No such thing happened with regards to Fauci. If anything, the media got down on one knee and shined his shoes.
The next point to focus on is his emails. If you are unaware, in June 2021, thousands of pages of Anthony Fauci’s emails, dating January to June 2020, were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by BuzzFeed News.
These emails contained mountains of information; information pertinent to understanding what was going on behind the scenes during the pandemic. Mainstream media jumped on these emails, but not in the way you would assume. As journalists, their jobs are and should be to dig down to the truth of the matter and relay that information to the public. Yet, I mostly saw a skirting of the main issues at hands or outright feigning ignorance.
The emails shed a light on numerous issues: Fauci conveyed different messages about masks in private than he did in public, Fauci was in contact with Mark Zuckerberg, having some influence on Facebook policy, Fauci was concerned about America’s connection to the Wuhan lab and Fauci was warned by scientists that the virus appeared “engineered”.
Each one of those issues is salient however, I wish to focus on the fact that in January and February of 2020, Fauci was warned by scientists about possibility of the virus being man-made. Now remember, all of this was in early 2020, when Fauci and the media led the narrative that there was no evidence that the virus was man-made and that it was a crazy right-wing conspiracy. In April of 2020, Fauci repeated stated that the virus appears natural and was constant with what is seen in nature. In June 2020, he was continuously adamant that he did not see how the virus could be man-made.
Scientists such as Dr. Kristen Anderson, a professor of Immunology and Microbiology at Scripps Research, and Dr. Michael Jacobs, an associate professor of Dermatology at Weill-Cornell, both emailed Fauci in January and February of 2020, respectively. Anderson stated that the “unusual factors of the virus make up a really small part of the genome (<0.1%) so one has to look really closely at all the sequences to see that some features (potentially) look engineered.”
Jacobs, referencing one of his collegues Dr. Alexander Tarakhovsy, a virologist and professor at Rockefeller University, said in the email that “we think that there is a possibility that the virus was released from a lab in Wuhan”. The email goes on to say “the virus might be complexed with another organism, such as yeast or fungus, to make it more sticky. We would like to discuss this with you further. We feel that immediate action must be taken by United States to try to neutralize this threat.”
What was Fauci’s response? He forwarded the email to a colleague and said “please handle”. I am not sure how this was "handled" but I would very much like to know.
These emails are clear evidence that Fauci, at least, knew that there was a possibility that Covid could have come from a lab. However, publicly, Fauci did not share this information, he did not encourage investigation and research; actually his comments were used by the media to censor debate and control what was allowed to be discussed. So much so, that only until a few months ago, it was considered racist to even mention the possibility of a lab leak.
Where Are The Journalists?
I ask this, because it appears that real journalists in the mainstream are missing in action. We should have had investigative reports into all of this, long ago. We should know where Covid originated from, who was involved, who knew what and when and, furthermore, persons should be held accountable.
Instead, the media, although, reversing course on the lab leak conspiracy narrative, are still holding Fauci on a pedestal and are allowing Fauci to change the narrative surrounding his emails and misleading the public. Shockingly, in June 2021, Fauci was able to essentially equate himself with science stating "attacks on me, are attacks on science" with little to no mainstream push back.
The media needs to stop playing politics, stop the fawning and become journalists again. The world needs its journalists back, not whatever is happening in the mainstream right now.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2021 Daveed Gittens