The report from ABC News is rife with significance and illumination. Sayeth the network, a bulwark of the biased mainstream media propaganda machine, in its headline, “Twitter ends enforcement of COVID misinformation policy: Twitter is no longer enforcing its policy against misinformation about COVID-19.”
If one had to choose a single topic about which it is ridiculous and hypocritical for the news media to complain about alleged “misinformation,” I can’t imagine a more perfect one than the pandemic. The ABC story is unintentionally hilarious in its resolute refusal to acknowledge reality, thus qualifying as misinformation, disinformation, or perhaps just “typical unethical journalism deception” itself. ABC’s self-own is also useful, as it provides one more example, as if more were necessary, of how desperately the Axis of Evil (you know by now, I hope: “the resistance”/ Democratic Party/ mainstream media” anti-democracy team) needs to see Elon Musks mission to rescue free speech and the dissemination of non-conforming opinions and embargoed information fail.
Twitter’s decision to no longer remove false claims about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines disappointed public health officials, however, who said it could lead to more false claims about the virus, or the safety and effectiveness of vaccines.
Health experts have thoroughly disgraced themselves for three years by feeding bad information regarding the Wuhan virus and its pals to the news media and the public, sometimes intentionally. They, more than anyone, are ethically estopped from complaining about “misinformation” or “false claims about the virus.” What, like the claims that paper masks protected against it? That one had to wipe down surfaces? That we needed to stop touching our faces? That the virus couldn’t be spread by George Floyd demonstrations, only mass gatherings like church services?
While Twitter’s efforts to stop false claims about COVID weren’t perfect, the company’s decision to reverse course is an abdication of its duty to its users, said Paul Russo, a social media researcher and dean of the Katz School of Science and Health at Yeshiva University in New York.
Nice use of Rationalization #19. The Perfection Diversion, or “Nobody’s Perfect!” and “Everybody makes mistakes!,” Paul! From the description: “This is a legitimate defense if, in fact, an individual has been accused of not being perfect. Usually, however, it is an attempt to minimize the significance of genuine misconduct.” Virtually all of Twitter’s “misinformation” censorship involved the partisan and idologically motivated silencing of those who challenged progressive orthodoxy, and it wasn’t unintentional or “a mistake.”
Russo added that it’s the latest of several recent moves by Twitter that could ultimately scare away some users and even advertisers. Some big names in business have already paused their ads on Twitter over questions about its direction under Musk. “It is 100% the responsibility of the platform to protect its users from harmful content,” Russo said. “This is absolutely unacceptable.”
Ah! Russo is a Leftist operative! His tribe fervently believes that any information, statement or opinion that doesn’t advance The Mission is “harmful,” Who determines what is “harmful content”? Well, on Twitter it has been people like Russo. The ex-staffer—a “trust and safety” chief—responsible for the Hunter Biden story cover-up said yesterday, “We didn’t know what to believe, we didn’t know what was true, there was smoke — and ultimately for me, it didn’t reach a place where I was comfortable removing this content from Twitter. But it set off every single one of my finely tuned APT28 hack and leak campaign alarm bells.”
Translation: His”finely tuned” biases ruled the decision.
Yet a fifth of the U.S. population hasn’t been vaccinated, most Americans haven’t gotten the latest boosters, and many have stopped wearing masks.
Oh, NOOOO!!!! They’ve stopped wearing virtually useless masks that they pull down under their noses or wear alone in the car, and that muffle their speech and ruin facial communication! Thanks to the CDC, ABC and other deliberate seeders of pandemic terror and hysteria, my sister, I learned, actually brought her own electric air purifier to the home where she had been invited to Thanksgiving dinner! She’s a full-fledged phobic now, because she watched MSNBC and refuses to accept the fact that ABC et al. are manipulating the news to manipulate people like her.
Musk, who has himself spread COVID misinformation on Twitter, has signaled an interest in rolling back many of the platform’s previous rules meant to combat misinformation.
Journalism! Musk spent over 40 billion dollars to buy Twitter expressly to stop it from poisoning public discourse and free speech with its partisan censorship. That’s one hell of a “signal”! Those previous rules weren’t meant to combat “misinformation,” they were meant to combat opinions and dissent that Twitter and the aspiring Totalitarian Left—like ABC— found inconvenient.