Looks like there is selective outrage when it comes to questioning vaccine decisions.
The press have been on a curious trend lately of sowing confusion and delivering conflicting information on the Covid-19 vaccines. CBS News gave false claims about some of the vaccines, YouTube was blocking videos from prominent doctors due to claimed misinformation, and Dr. Anthony Fauci is walking around delivering conflicting information on a regular basis. This can be dangerous content, and it derives from the media.
But they blame Tucker Carlson. He has been the unique focus of the media for months now, and they are ramping up the pressure. Now of course there is little desire by these cranks to take in all of Tucker’s comments and see that he was not questioning the vaccines, he was laying out the case that those in command are delivering messages which are conflicting and can cause confusion and doubt. They just lash out because he dares to note this narrative about the possible danger of one vaccine can lead to far greater problems.
And it is something the New York Times agrees with, interestingly enough. In its piece about the hold that has been placed on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the Times notes what the fallout can be on a global scale.
Safety worries about the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccines have jeopardized inoculation campaigns far beyond the United States, undercutting faith in two sorely needed shots and threatening to prolong the coronavirus pandemic in countries that can ill afford to be choosy about vaccines.
Now Tucker’s points largely concern things here domestically. He points out those in power are the ones undermining confidence in the vaccines. “The only reason we are asking the question is because the people in charge are acting like it doesn’t work. After you have had the vaccine, you must remain under the restrictions. So we are asking a question that is rooted in science, which is: Why? If this stuff works, why can’t you live like it works?” For this, the media has been leaping at him.
But at the Times, they are looking at the issue on a far wider scale and saying essentially the same things.
The actions of American and European officials reverberated around the world, stoking doubts in poorer countries where a history of colonialism and unethical medical practices have left a legacy of mistrust in vaccines. If the perception takes hold that rich countries are dumping second-rate shots on poorer nations, those suspicions could harden, slowing the worldwide rollout of desperately needed doses.
What is this, if not the Times making the very same declaration as Carlson, which is that the people in charge are acting as if the vaccine doesn’t work? The entire thrust of Tucker’s comments concerns the impressions these decisions are leaving with citizens, and the New York Times has echoed that sentiment but on a grander scale, saying this is a problem they are creating for other nations. This becomes another example of the press politicizing the pandemic — the very thing they claim to oppose.