Skip to comments.Twitter Suspends Former New York Times Science Writer After He Posts Results Of Pfizer Clinical Test
Posted on 07/31/2021 8:16:04 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Just yesterday, we discussed the censoring of a commentator by Twitter for merely expressing an opinion over the need for a “pause” on any federal mandates on Covid-19 as new research is studied.
Now, a former New York Times science reporter, Alex Berenson, has been suspended for simply quoting the results from a clinical trial by Pfizer and raising questions over any vaccine mandate. In the meantime, the White House accused both the Washington Post and New York Times of irresponsible reporting on Covid, but surprisingly Twitter has not suspended those accounts. It is the license of the censor. Twitter is unwilling to let people read or discuss viewpoints that it disagrees with as a corporation. Many on the left, however, have embraced the concept of corporate speech and censorship. It turns out that the problem with censorship for many was the failure to censor views that they opposed. With the “right” censors at work, the free speech concerns have been set aside.
I have little ability to judge the science on such questions. However, I welcome the debate. Yet, rather than answer such critics and refute their arguments, many people focus on silencing anyone with dissenting viewpoints like Berenson.
Berenson has been effectively confined to Substack by Big Tech due to his discussing dissenting views on the science surrounding Covid-19. His latest offense against Big Tech came when he posted the results published by Pfizer of its own clinical data. He claimed that the research showed little difference in morality between those in the trial with a vaccine and those given a placebo.
[ZH: Alex has confirmed that Twitter initially tagged the post with a warning. Then they removed the tag. After Berenson posted the following tweet pointing out Twitter's removal...
NEVER SEEN THIS BEFORE. TWITTER PULLED THE MISLEADING TAG FROM LAST NIGHT’S POST ABOUT THE @PFIZER DEATH DATA.
The times, they are a changin’ pic.twitter.com/6bTtzotEIH — Alex Berenson (@AlexBerenson) July 30, 2021
They locked his account.
This is Berenson's 3rd lock in two weeks, and it's for a full week, which we believe is the final step before a permanent ban.]
In the meantime, the White House sent out an all caps condemnation for “completely irresponsible” reporting on the infliction of vaccinated people according to another study.
Ben Wakana, deputy director of strategic communications and engagement for the White House, blasted the Washington Post over its headline about a study of a COVID-19 outbreak in Provincetown, Massachusetts on July 4th. The Post tweet read “Vaccinated people made up three-quarters of those infected in a massive Massachusetts covid-19 outbreak, pivotal CDC study finds.” Wakana responded “Completely irresponsible,. 3 days ago the CDC made clear that vaccinated individuals represent a VERY SMALL amount of transmission occurring around the country. Virtually all hospitalizations and deaths continue to be among the unvaccinated. Unreal to not put that in context.”
3 days ago the CDC made clear that vaccinated individuals represent a VERY SMALL amount of transmission occurring around the country.
Virtually all hospitalizations and deaths continue to be among the unvaccinated.
Unreal to not put that in context. https://t.co/BbmSNvQlrb
— Ben Wakana (@benwakana46) July 30, 2021
Wakana addressed the same issue with a New York Times tweet stating “Breaking News: The Delta variant is as contagious as chickenpox and may be spread by vaccinated people as easily as the unvaccinated, an internal C.D.C. report said.” That sent Wakana into all caps: “VACCINATED PEOPLE DO NOT TRANSMIT THE VIRUS AT THE SAME RATE AS UNVACCINATED PEOPLE AND IF YOU FAIL TO INCLUDE THAT CONTEXT YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG.”
VACCINATED PEOPLE DO NOT TRANSMIT THE VIRUS AT THE SAME RATE AS UNVACCINATED PEOPLE AND IF YOU FAIL TO INCLUDE THAT CONTEXT YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG. https://t.co/gBkDbJ21xX — Ben Wakana (@benwakana46) July 30, 2021
Now all three posters (Berenson, The Post, and The Times) were citing studies and accused on not putting them into context. However, only Berenson was suspended.
Obviously, none of these posters should be suspended and Twitter should not be enforcing one of the largest censorship programs in history. However, the silence of free speech supports, academics, and journalists to this hypocrisy is deafening.
The rise of corporate censors has combined with a heavily pro-Biden media to create the fear of a de facto state media that controls information due to a shared ideology rather than state coercion. That concern has been magnified by demands from Democratic leaders for increased censorship, including censoring political speech, and now word that the Biden Administration has routinely been flagging material to be censored by Facebook.
This is why I have described myself as an Internet Originalist:
The alternative is “internet originalism” — no censorship. If social media companies returned to their original roles, there would be no slippery slope of political bias or opportunism; they would assume the same status as telephone companies. We do not need companies to protect us from harmful or “misleading” thoughts. The solution to bad speech is more speech, not approved speech.
If Pelosi demanded that Verizon or Sprint interrupt calls to stop people saying false or misleading things, the public would be outraged. Twitter serves the same communicative function between consenting parties; it simply allows thousands of people to participate in such digital exchanges. Those people do not sign up to exchange thoughts only to have Dorsey or some other internet overlord monitor their conversations and “protect” them from errant or harmful thoughts.
Just HoChiJack bein’ commie fascist.
What gets me is this passive-aggressive, HAL-9000 voice when Twitter locks or bans accounts. Why can’t they just come out and say “We nuked your account. Bye Felicia!” Why do they have to be all nice guy about it?
Science is meant to be debated. Data is presented and evidence is analyzed.
When one side silences the other side; it is not science. It is propaganda
“little difference in morality “
Never let the truth get in the way of the agenda.
[What gets me is this passive-aggressive, HAL-9000 voice when Twitter locks or bans accounts.]
I’m not on Twitter. Does it really do that?
Yes, and it’s just annoying and condescending. When they lock your account, they have this “We’ve temporarily limited your features...” and this long rambling statement about why they did what they did and how we all need to combat hate or misinformation and such. I’d just rather have them nuke the account. Although I don’t use Twitter, I have an account because it’s still #1 at breaking news and statements.
The White Basement is the source of all COVID disinformation.
Censorship destroys trust.
its not science
Desperate gambits of autocrats losing the battle.
There is no such thing as a little or benign censorship. Our courts used to understand that. Even after proclaiming that obscenity could be banned, they were reluctant to call anything obscene. Now I see their wisdom. No one should have the power to muzzle what anyone says, no matter how repugnant it is. Censorship is a friend only to tyrants.
Churchill is the leader that comes on the scene once every 1000 years.
He claimed that the research showed little difference in *morality* between those in the trial with a vaccine and those given a placebo.
And how about this?
Hope this link works for you. RIOT over at Twitter as Maher disembowels the woke left!
“Vaccinated people made up three-quarters of those infected in a massive Massachusetts covid-19 outbreak, pivotal CDC study finds.”
“Breaking News: The Delta variant is as contagious as chickenpox and may be spread by vaccinated people as easily as the unvaccinated, an internal C.D.C. report said.”
When the Washington Compost and the NYSlimes begins to pivot, you just know that the fingers in the dyke ain't gonna last too much longer and they don't want to get drowned when the dam breaks.
Meanwhile back at the Gold Mine with Gamma:
Here's some info on Gamma: It appears that the injected spread the virus to the others-injected and not injected.
However, some miners with natural immunity and no injection did not get the variant.
NOTICE WHICH GROUPS BELOW HAD THE ACUTE INFECTION:
Else where it was noted that the injected had higher viral load than the others, but symptoms were delayed.
Hence he did not know he was contagious, and spread it to the others. Meanwhile not knowing he was sick, the virus happily reproduced unhindered by any additional therapeutics.
We know that delayed treatment is not good, and reduces the effectiveness of some of the mitigating treatments.
That quote from a man who could actually walk among his fellow citizens without fear or a security detail.
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