Coronavirus censorship – Santa Barbara News-Press
BY JOHN STOSSEL
YouTube has just frozen US Senator Rand Paul’s YouTube channel.
This is just wrong. Small in spirit. Counter productive.
YouTube said Senator Paul violated its COVID-19 disinformation policy when he told an interviewer: “Most of the masks you get over the counter don’t work … the viral particles are too small and pass through.”
Senator Paul did not make this up.
Properly worn N95 masks are effective, but two peer-reviewed studies suggest that simple masks may not work at all.
But the studies are not perfect, so Senator Paul should not use expressions like “no value”. But give it a break; that’s how people talk! It’s good if he tells people not to trust sheet masks.
Unfortunately, YouTube bans any video that contradicts statements by the World Health Organization. The rule makes criticism of WHO policy impossible, even though a WHO video said, “Wear a mask regardless of distance from others. “
WHO bureaucrats are not perfect. They made a lot of mistakes during COVID-19. Other health “experts” once dismissed the germ theory and told people with ulcers to drink milk.
Such errors have been corrected by criticism and debate. But YouTube now forbids it!
Last month, Senator Paul had a heated debate with Dr Anthony Fauci over the money the National Institutes of Health gave to Chinese scientists. Senator Paul asked if it was used to do research on “gain-of-function” (the science that makes diseases more deadly – find out more about them).
Senator Paul has not suggested that the U.S. government-funded experiment created COVID-19. This is not the case. We know this from the molecular structure of COVID-19.
But the gain of function remains a risky science which deserves a public debate. The NIH funded pre-pandemic experiments in Wuhan, China, which combined coronaviruses to see if they could infect humans.
“Does Fauci answer us and explain to us in a reasonable way, why he thinks that it is not a gain of office?” No! He calls me a liar, ”Senator Paul said in my new video.
Dr Fauci once wrote that even if a pandemic were to occur as a result of such research, “the benefits … outweigh the risks.”
“It sounds like an incredibly bad judgment,” said Senator Paul.
Yet the media attacked Senator Paul’s judgment instead, smirking at what they called his “conspiracy theories.” Social media companies have even been banned, suggesting COVID-19 was man-made!
“Never before have a few companies been able to just cut off the conversation,” I told Senator Paul.
“It is a real danger for scientific and journalistic research,” he replied. “The advancement of knowledge requires skepticism… debate on both sides. (But) these monolithic social media companies determine what the truth is. “
Well, what they say is the truth.
Maybe they banned the idea of a Chinese lab leak because former President Donald Trump voiced it. But Mr. Trump lies a lot doesn’t make everything he says wrong.
There was real evidence of a lab leak. US diplomats have warned of risky experiments at the Wuhan laboratory before the pandemic. Three workers there exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 before the disease appeared elsewhere.
It was only when it became public that Dr Fauci said: “It could have been a lab leak.” Then President Joe Biden ordered an investigation.
Suddenly, Facebook unlocked the theory. Its previous censorship relied on its sloppy and biased “fact-checking” group, Science Feedback, which has messed me up twice in the past.
What other important truths is censorship hiding? We’ll never know when Facebook / Twitter / YouTube will only allow us to hear one side.
Senator Paul said he was eager to “tell everyone how bad they are.”
Unlike some in Congress, he doesn’t want to regulate social media. He wants competition.
They “will eventually destroy their platform,” said Senator Paul. “Someone… is going to make a billion dollars developing the new Facebook. “
Senator Paul helped create a site called Liberty Tree, where libertarian-leaning politicians share their ideas. He and I are both on YouTube competitor Rumble.
These sites are good. The problem with them is that most of the participants already know about freedom.
“We are losing something by not talking to the other side,” I told him.
Senator Paul said he worries less about it because his Twitter feed is full of “idiots (and) fools”.
My news feeds aren’t that crazy. On YouTube, Twitter and Facebook, I often learn things. There is a thoughtful discussion.
I will stay on YouTube, Facebook, etc.
I hate prejudice and censorship.
But more debate is the only way to learn.
John Stossel is the author of “Give Me a Break: How I Exposed Hucksters, Cheats, and Scam Artists and Became the Scourge of the Liberal Media”. For other Creators Syndicate writers and designers, visit www.creators.com.
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