Holding The Line

Journalists Against Censorship


By Rusere Shoniwa

First published at https://plagueonbothhouses.com/

It is, or perhaps was, a truism that the role of journalism and the media is to expose society’s ills. Journalistic truth that holds power to account is the first step in lancing whatever boils plague us in the form of government corruption, economic mismanagement, policy failures, and threats to civil liberty. In just under two years, governments across the globe have succeeded in rolling up all these ills into one terminal disease – a totalitarian power grab in the guise of pandemic mitigation strategies.

If the media itself is sick, all our ills fester, indeed are amplified, in the darkness of propaganda and censorship. Our societies are under the spell of a mass psychosis in which delusions prevail as the mainstream media relentlessly normalises what would have been regarded as totally abnormal 19 months ago. Most of what passes for mainstream Covid reporting is insanity masquerading as respectable opinion and will hopefully one day be served up in journalism schools as essential lessons in what happens to a society when mainstream media outlets lose their integrity and their grip on reality.

Big Media is Big Brother

The UK media’s craven acceptance of the shackles placed on it by Ofcom at the beginning of the crisis only partly explains the propaganda onslaught that we have been subjected to since March 2020. Ofcom censured “discussion of potential treatments or cures for the Coronavirus that do not align with advice of the NHS or other public health authorities” and it strongly advised against “statements that seek to question or undermine the advice of public health bodies on the Coronavirus, or otherwise undermine people’s trust in the advice of mainstream sources of information about the disease.” So, Big Media happily agreed to aid government propaganda by censoring scientific debate and, in doing so, relinquished its public service duty of holding power to account by doing precisely the opposite – aligning itself with governmental power.

Big Media’s lockstep alignment with power rather than the people isn’t a new development. Its incestuous and highly dependent relationship with Big Tech and Big Corporates (especially Big Pharma) are at the root of its collaboration with government, which was a natural consequence of a harmonious convergence of the interests of all these parties.

This unholy alliance has given birth to the Trusted News Initiative, a formal network of Big Tech and Big Media organisations whose stated mission is to “combat spread of harmful vaccine disinformation”, in line with Ofcom’s and the government’s advice not to rock the boat on “mainstream sources of information about the disease”. We should therefore not be surprised when this pursuit of a universal singularity of truth results in huge amounts of energy expended on ‘fact-checking’ to counter, among other things, ‘misinformation’ that the Covid vaccines are experimental. This ‘fact check’ confidently claims “COVID-19 vaccines are not experimental” and goes into detail about the Emergency Use Authorisation process with added guff on animal trials.

There’s just one minor detail it glosses over: at the time the vaccines were rolled out to populations across the world in December 2020, we had less than 6 months’ trial participant data which means there can be no certainty about medium to long-term adverse effects of the vaccines and their newly employed mRNA technology. We just don’t know what could happen in one, two, five and 10 years from now. Which is why a spokesperson for AstraZeneca defended the demand for immunity from liability by saying, “This is a unique situation where we as a company simply cannot take the risk if in … four years the vaccine is showing side effects”.

No amount of legalese and sophistry masquerading as fact-checking can disguise the truth that the deployment of these vaccines without medium- and long-term trial data is, by definition, an experiment.

The burgeoning fact-check industry represents a desperate attempt by powerful vested interest groups to stifle scientific debate and control the public’s perception of everything Covid related, and vaccines especially. It has the stamp of the Ministry of Truth all over it and, for that reason, is earning the contempt it deserves. More worrying is that, while industrial scale censorship by Big Tech, unreported by Big Media, is now the norm – as of May 2021, 850,000 “disinformation” videos had been deleted by YouTube in collaboration with the EU – YouTube is moving to the next step that Orwell warned us about: the deletion of the historical record.

In this independent media clip, The Highwire’s Del Bigtree and investigative journalist Jefferey Jaxen discuss the absurdity of the removal from YouTube of a recording of a February 2018 meeting of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunisation Practices (ACIP) in which a new adjuvant to be added to a Hepatitis vaccine was approved. The issue was whether there might be a compatibility issue with this new adjuvant and existing adjuvants in other vaccines already in use.

The Highwire report replays a highly instructive portion of the FDA panel meeting (saved by the reporters before its deletion) so that we are left in no doubt as to its contents. To be clear, the replayed portion of this ACIP meeting is a completely unedited account of the proceedings of that segment of the meeting with no external commentary or analysis whatsoever. And yet YouTube has deleted the historical record of a major US health authority’s own account of its proceedings. Why on earth would they do that?

The clue to this particular Big Tech quest for truth lies in an exchange between panel members in which it is unequivocally acknowledged that when it comes to “using this vaccine at the same time with other adjuvanted vaccines” there is “no data to make a recommendation one way or the other”. The pregnant pause that follows this admission is filled by another panel member with what is intended to be a placatory statement about how multiple vaccines will be given to address this concern – vaccines will be administered simultaneously, albeit “in different limbs”. Members attending the meeting also confirm that they have no knowledge of multiple adjuvanted vaccines being used in Europe or other markets.

Having established that there is no data on the consequences of new adjuvant combinations and that there is no precedent in other markets for administering multiple adjuvanted vaccines, the ACIP members are then asked to vote on whether the new adjuvanted vaccine should be approved for use in the US market. All present (100%) vote to approve.

Following the vote to approve its use, the minor matter of a “myocardial infarction signal” that arose in the trials of the vaccine was raised. Following the replay of the ACIP video, Del Bigtree comments that this question related to heart attack deaths which occurred during the clinical trial. The meeting advises that studies on myocardial infarction, autoimmune diseases, herpes zoster and a pregnancy register will all be included in the post marketing surveillance. That’s following The Science™ in action, which looks a lot more like following the money and managing any potential fall-out from lack of testing and data as and when it arises in the general public.

You do not have to be ‘anti-vax’ to be shocked by the deletion of historical records of the CDC’s questionable vaccine approval process. You do, however, have to be anti-censorship. My question to Big Media reporters and journalists is, will there be any pushback against Big Tech censorship, or can Big Media continue to rely on you to put a protective shield around the billions in profits that have been made and will continue to be made from the liquid gold of vaccines?

More than 11,000 physicians and medical scientists, including Dr. Robert Malone, the architect of the mRNA vaccine platform, have signed the ‘Rome Declaration’ to alert citizens, in the words of the signatories, “about the deadly consequences of Covid-19 policy makers’ and medical authorities’ unprecedented behaviour; behaviour such as denying patient access to lifesaving early treatments, disrupting the sacred, physician-patient relationship and suppressing open scientific discussion for profits and power.” The absence of any significant coverage by mainstream journalism of this dissenting narrative is a serious dereliction of duty.    

And behold an NBA basketballer spoke

In the US, the vaccination civil war (among the many civil wars raging there) and the pushback against highly coercive vaccine passports that imperil freedom in the West has produced some surreal moments in media reporting. Like the moment when an intelligent NBA basketballer had to break down for reporters, as though they were six-year-olds, the nonsense of being coerced into giving up his bodily autonomy to satisfy a US administration hell-bent on ensuring that its citizens have no say about what the state and Big Pharma can inject into their bodies.

Firstly, to resist the current normalisation of insanity, it’s important to keep reminding ourselves that, in the old sane world, it would be completely unacceptable to confront someone publicly about their personal medical choices. That said, the NBA star calmly asserted what is now an indisputable truth based on real-world data – that the vaccines don’t prevent infection and transmission of Covid.

So, it makes no sense for a professional athlete in the prime of his health and at negligible risk of a severe course of the disease to be injected with something that would offer him personally no benefit but has in fact racked up an impressive injury record. In the US as of 1 October 2021, a total of 778,685 adverse events, including 16,310 deaths, following COVID vaccines were reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). In the UK, a total of 370,574 Yellow Card reports containing 1,220,312 suspected adverse reactions including 1,698 fatal events associated with the vaccine have been recorded by the UK government’s Yellow Card Scheme as at 29 September 2021. The MHRA itself estimates that only 10% of serious reactions and 2–4% of all reac­tions are reported using the Yellow Card Scheme (second page of the linked report). The US VAERS reporting system has similar underreporting estimates.

In referencing real-world data on vaccine efficacy, I have linked to an analysis of the UK Public Health England data which shows that:

“For the 60s age group, infection rates are 63% higher in the vaccinated than in the unvaccinated, up from 53% last week, giving an (unadjusted) vaccine effectiveness of minus -63%. But that has been topped this week by the 40s age group, the vaccinated among whom now have an infection rate no less than 66% higher than the unvaccinated… With infection rates now, on this data, much higher in the vaccinated than the unvaccinated, what remaining justification can there be for vaccine passports, vaccine mandates, and any other policy based on the assumption that vaccines protect other people?”

This analysis has, of course, been done by independent media journalists. What does the UK mainstream media have to say about the ineffectiveness of the Covid vaccines? Well, not a lot. Which is why I have diagnosed the media as being ill. But what little it does say is a backhanded and deliberately deceptive admission that the vaccines aren’t working.

Not so artful dodging of the real issues

This Reuters article begins with a warning that “relying largely on vaccines without other measures could put unsustainable pressure on hospitals”. But at no point does it challenge the fact that vaccines were supposed to be the intervention that obviated the need for “other measures” (masks and lockdowns). Mass vaccination as a public health policy strategy was intended to reduce the burden on the NHS and allow society to ‘get back to normal’. Can’t score a goal? Just shift the goalposts! Vaccines have now become an additional measure.

The open admission of failure comes when the article admits that, despite 81.3% of people over 16 having received two vaccine doses, the chair of the British Medical Association is screaming out for “additional infection control measures”:

With high rates of [Covid] infection, we need additional infection control measures if we’re to keep the health service afloat this winter.” [Emphasis added]

To summarise: In locking down to protect the NHS, a backlog so huge has been created that the NHS cannot get through it concurrently with the normal winter respiratory illness season. It wants to keep locking down even though lockdowns are the surest way to worsen the waiting list and contribute to the premature deaths of people on it. In essence, the NHS has dug a hole for itself so deep that it can’t climb out. So, it has decided to just keep digging.

And just in case all of this wasn’t irrational enough, we are still being coerced into vaccines with the ever-looming threat of vaccine passports, despite the admission that vaccines haven’t provided much, if any, relief to the NHS Covid burden.

So why aren’t mainstream journos exploring some obvious lines of investigation? If, as a UK parliamentary committee has concluded, vaccine passports are “unnecessary and there is no justification for them in the science and none in logic”, shouldn’t reporters and journalists be asking why the government is fixated on imposing biomedical ID controls under which the right to participate in society will be predicated on our acceptance of regular injections of substances determined by the government, in concert with Big Pharma, to be in our best interests? Or, should we suffer side effects, for “the greater good”?

One possible clue to why other lines of enquiry are not being pursued is that what used to be called good old fashioned investigative journalism has now been branded as ‘conspiracy theory’. That term, for those of us who have retained curious and sceptical minds (the foundations of real science), is just a thought-terminating cliché.

Even if the vaccines had turned out to be a silver bullet, what right-minded democratic society would legislate to surrender control over our bodies to institutions that require constant vigilance for abuse and mismanagement? It’s immoral, unethical and, in normal pre-Covid times, would have been declared illegal in a heartbeat owing to our longstanding principles of voluntary informed consent based on the Nuremberg Code. Our body, our choice? Not when it comes to Big Pharma’s latest offerings.

Societies have been thrust precipitously into this brave new world of gene therapy that doesn’t quite seem to work, has a side-effect profile the like of which has never been seen in a vaccine before, but which must nevertheless be rolled out to every human on the planet. At a time when, more than ever before, we should be wrestling with concepts of rights, liberty and ethics, journos in Big Media have lost their voices. We hope their consciences are still troubling them.

There’s good news and there’s good news

When I first typed this sub-heading, it read: “There’s good news and there’s bad news” because plummeting Trust in Big Media seems, on the face of it, like a bad thing. But the reason for the plummeting trust is that people are waking up to the fact that Big Media is Big Brother and this is a good thing! Big Media, in attempting to censor and ‘fact-check’ its way to the ridiculous goal of being the single source of truth, is in the process of writing its own P45. Which is leading to more good things – opportunities for independent media to grow and increase the diversity of news and information sources.

Platforms dedicated to free speech like Rumble, Odysee and Telegram are rising out of the ashes of Big Media’s self-immolation and experiencing the kind of growth they could only have dreamt of pre-Covid. The vacuum of truth left by Big Media is being rapidly filled by real investigative journalists and independent media.

Fox News in the US is providing an incisive lesson to Big Media everywhere. A civil war is raging in the West between those who truly understand and are prepared to stand up for freedom and human dignity and those who want to crush it. Most of those on the wrong side of this war are unconscious victims of a complex mix of psychological warfare and their own belief systems which have robbed them of the capacity for critical thinking and personal autonomy. A few are simply authoritarians with a control agenda. Fox News is, for now, on the right side of that war and it is smashing the ‘liberal’ authoritarians at CNN and MSNBC cheering for liberty-crushing vaccine mandates and biometric ID passes.

In the second quarter of 2021, Fox News had four of the top five most-watched shows in cable news, with Tucker Carlson Tonight in first place. CNN experienced the biggest year-on-year drop in prime time, down 57%. I am not tribal in my politics and I am certainly not right-wing, but to the extent that Tucker Carlson’s searing and humorous deconstructions of liberal ruling-class tyranny and hypocrisy reflect my values, he has my ear and my respect. I don’t care where the truth comes from. I just know it when I see it and I don’t see much of it in any UK Big Media outlets.

The UK is growing its own crop of Tucker Carlsons outside Big Media. One of them is Neil Oliver of GB News. In Germany the journalistic void is being filled by celebrities who, in the words of the Swedish doctor Sebastian Rushworth, have responded to the “shocking lack of independence and critical oversight that has been exhibited by journalists ever since the pandemic began” with their own project to interview the large number of doctors and scientists who have thus far been side-lined by the mainstream media. Their project is called ‘Alles Auf den Tisch’ (‘Everything on the Table’) and interviews are on their site allesaufdentisch.tv. How successful have they been so far? The site crashed on launch due to the massive amount of traffic it was getting.

For over eighteen months, our society has been fed on a diet of fear, propaganda, and in-your-face censorship. It has made us sick, and the only medicine that is going to get us out of this blue funk is truth. Unvarnished and in large doses. Big Media voices are welcome to join us in dispensing this much-needed medicine, but we plan to do it regardless.

You can read more of Rusere’s work at https://plagueonbothhouses.com

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