On Tuesday, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy offered insight into the purpose of Big Tech.
Apparently, it’s censorship.
Vivek’s comments concerned — in part — America’s most popular podcaster, Joe Rogan.
If you’ve never given Joe’s show a listen, I highly recommend it. He truly has an open mind, and he hosts interesting people whose opinions run the gamut.
That’s something Vivek doesn’t appear to appreciate, if a guest’s assertions run afoul of approved COVIDology.
As reported by The Post Millennial, the government official was asked by MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski about coronavirus claims on Joe’s show.
“[Joe]…has frequently promoted unproven methods for treating COVID-19 and downplayed the need for vaccines. Last year, Spotify purchased his podcast library for an estimated $100 million. Dr. Murthy, what do you think are the best ways to push back on misinformation about COVID that continues to be aggressively pushed — whether it be The Joe Rogan Experience podcast or all over Facebook?”
“[W]e can have the best science available,” Vivek said. “We can have the best public health expertise available, but it won’t help people if they don’t have access to accurate information.”
That’s certainly true, yet Vivek believes in decisive liberty:
“[S]omething I’ve always believed as a doctor is that people have the right to make their own decisions.”
However, it seems, he wants to make sure people don’t choose to do certain things — people like Joe Rogan, his guests, or others online.
Social media should prohibit you from conveying — or learning of — unofficial approaches to the pandemic.
“[W]hen it comes to how we root out the misinformation in society right now and give people access to accurate information, we’ve got to do several things. Number one, we’ve got to recognize that our technology platforms…particularly social media, these have an important role to play. These are the predominant places where we’re seeing misinformation spread.”
He’d like to see tech giants such as Spotify and Facebook further stamp out resistance:
“These platforms have still not stepped up to do the right thing and do enough…to reduce the spread of misinformation.”
Well, they’re working on it. Just this week, YouTube permanently banned conservative Dan Bongino.
As covered by RedState’s Bonchie:
[H]is channel was nuked for questioning the efficacy of masks.
That seems especially egregious given the overwhelming amount of evidence that masks have been largely ineffective in suppressing the spread of COVID-19 in communities across the globe. Further, even many coronavirus hawks are now admitting they simply aren’t a solution against Omicron, though various compilations of real-world data never really showed them to be effective prior either.
In response to his initial suspension, Dan issued a memorable response:
YouTube just suspended Dan’s channel for daring to question the mask fascists.
I guess they were waiting for an apology from us. But that’s not quite how it worked out for them. Here’s Dan’s email to “Coco” at YouTube telling them to plant a big wet kiss on his ass pic.twitter.com/4yFeprnr3Y
— Bongino Report (@BonginoReport) January 14, 2022
Such a message would surely be frowned upon by Vivek Murthy.
More from the surgeon general:
“This is about companies and individuals recognizing that the only way we get past misinformation is if we are careful about what we say and we use the power that we have to limit the spread of that misinformation. That’s going to be a critical part of how we get through this pandemic.”
Unfortunately, of course, “information” is in motion.
Once upon a time, we were told the vaccine would prevent contraction.
Fast-forward to a series of boosters that prevent neither contraction nor transmission.
Along that path of change, any espoused ideas not yet admitted by the government were labeled “misinformation.”
Back to Joe Rogan, in December, he welcomed to the show Dr. Peter McCullough.
With regard to the pandemic, Peter made a substantial claim:
“Multi-drug therapy, as an outpatient, works substantially, and we’ve had a giant loss of life — a giant number — millions and millions of unnecessary hospitalizations. And it seemed…to me early on that there was an intentional, very comprehensive suppression of early treatment in order to promote fear, suffering, isolation, hospitalization, and death.”
Also that month, Joe featured vaccine scientist and mRNA pioneer Dr. Robert Malone.
Robert claimed large populations can be subject to “mass formation psychosis.”
The Joe Rogan Dr. Robert Malone interview is OUT!!!
— Luke Rudkowski (@Lukewearechange) December 31, 2021
“Tech clearly has a censorship agenda when it comes to COVID,” Joe pointed out.
During his November 30th broadcast with guest Ted Nugent, Rogan posed an interesting question: What would the world be like if social media platforms just let everyone speak?
In my view, the world would be much better.
And there could exist one in which everyone simply says what they believe, while those who disagree largely don’t mind.
I know that world can exist, because before social media and cancel culture…we were all living in it.
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