We reported yesterday on the bizarre, rambling speech President Joe Biden gave Thursday at the Elk Grove Village, Illinois business of a Democrat mega-donor, where our so-called Uniter in Chief actually bragged about private-sector workers getting fired from their jobs over his coronavirus vaccine workplace mandate, touting it in part as evidence of the mandate’s supposed “success.”
But during the speech, Biden also said something else that should have attracted a lot more attention from the COVID Misinformation Police in the media, on social media, and among fact-checkers but which, to date, hasn’t (bolded emphasis added):
“We’re requiring active-duty military to be vaccinated. We’re making sure healthcare workers are vaccinated because if you seek care at a healthcare facility, you should have the certainty that the people providing that care are protected from COVID and cannot spread it to you.“
Watch Biden state below that it is a “certainty” that healthcare workers who are fully vaccinated “cannot spread it to you” (starts at around the :50 mark):
President Biden on enacting vaccine mandates: "We're making sure healthcare workers are vaccinated because if you seek care at a healthcare facility, you should have the certainty that the people providing that care are protected from COVID and cannot spread it to you." pic.twitter.com/eiS2nQM4QA
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) October 7, 2021
Perhaps Biden didn’t get the memo from back in August from the CDC that acknowledged people who were fully vaccinated could still not only catch the virus but of course could also transmit it to others (bolded emphasis added by them):
Fully vaccinated people with Delta variant breakthrough infections can spread the virus to others. However, vaccinated people appear to spread the virus for a shorter time: For prior variants, lower amounts of viral genetic material were found in samples taken from fully vaccinated people who had breakthrough infections than from unvaccinated people with COVID-19. For people infected with the Delta variant, similar amounts of viral genetic material have been found among both unvaccinated and fully vaccinated people. However, like prior variants, the amount of viral genetic material may go down faster in fully vaccinated people when compared to unvaccinated people. This means fully vaccinated people will likely spread the virus for less time than unvaccinated people.
In my personal opinion, people should not let what politicians say unduly influence their medical decisions, but it’s a reality that many do. There are no doubt people who listened to Biden’s remarks yesterday or read about them later in the news and thought that if they go to the doctor or hospital that a healthcare worker couldn’t transmit COVID to them.
So where are the fact-checkers out there on this who in the past have gotten online commentators censored or banned and the traffic of websites throttled for posting alleged misinformation about COVID and the vaccines?
Politifact was busy laughably proclaiming that the debate over photo ID requirements in elections laws was far more “nuanced” than polls showing broad, bipartisan support for them suggested, a lie they accidentally debunked in their own write-up.
The Associated Press fact check department utterly beclowned themselves by falsely “reporting” that conservatives were incorrect to claim that the National School Boards Association labeled concerned parents as “domestic terrorists” in a letter to Biden urging him to instruct the DOJ, the FBI, and the DHS to look into alleged threats that were made against them by parents opposed to the implementation of Critical Race Theory in public school classrooms – even though the letter specifically mentioned the words “domestic terrorism” twice in reference to parents.
CNN’s resident fact-checker Daniel Dale was busy chuckling over a satirical “missing persons” piece done on his recent absence from the Twitter machine, noting that he was vacationing. In fairness, Dale’s probably having to play catch up by sifting through mountains of claims made by Republicans and statements made by former President Trump because those are far more of a priority to CNN than dangerously false claims related to public health matters made by the current occupant of the Oval Office.
Washington Post “fact-checker” Glenn Kessler was spotted earlier this week trying to make sure that Biden’s comments regarding Sen. Kyrsten Sinema about how being followed into and filmed in the bathroom being something that happened “to everybody” and “part of the process” were not misconstrued to make Biden sound like the completely insensitive jerk that he is.
In case you haven’t guessed already, I’ve had it up to here with these people, who are portrayed by the media as the gatekeepers of truth. Far from it. In reality, fact-checkers are an arm of the Fourth Estate, and rather than reduce the flow of misinformation they are active purveyors of it themselves. And when they’re not doing that, they’re ignoring statements made by Democrats that deserve the same amount of intense scrutiny they give Republican claims.
Leading anti-CRT activist Chris Rufo declared war on fact-checkers Thursday, and I wholeheartedly agree with the sentiment expressed below:
We must relentlessly expose the "fact checking" business for what it is: the political left's attempt to launder its ideology through supposedly "neutral" institutions and turn principled dissent into "misinformation."
Attack, mock, ridicule, delegitimize. That is the way.
— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) October 7, 2021
In other words, the fact-checking industry has to be destroyed in order to save it. And while they’re doing a fine job of it on their own, the onus is also on their critics to put them on full blast on social media and in pieces like this one to amplify and thoroughly shame them over their failures. It’s the only way some of them will ever learn.