In a series of startling slips of the tongue, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has all but admitted that the Biden administration has nearly full editorial control over what Facebook allows on their platform. She also made comments that seem to suggest that Biden himself is only allowed to talk to pre-approved people and say pre-approved things.
Now, Missouri Senator Josh Hawley has come out and said that the big tech companies are acting like arms of the government. This came in response to Psaki’s statement that the administration was asking Facebook to delete any posts that question or contradict official claims about the safety or effectiveness of COVID vaccines.
When reporters pushed Psaki to clarify the extent to which the White House is directing the editorial decisions of Facebook and Twitter, she said that the administration is flagging materials they deem to be misinformation. She said that Facebook still has full editorial control over which posts they remove and those they allow to remain. She said that the platform does not have to remove the flagged posts, but few people find that statement to be credible.
In response, Glen Greenwald tweeted, “If you don’t find it deeply disturbing that the White House is “flagging” internet content that they deem “problematic” to their Facebook allies for removal, then you are definitionally an authoritarian. No other information is needed about you to know that.”
While this is going on, doctors and scientists who understand the technology behind the mRNA vaccines are trying to tell us that they are worried about side effects. Countries that have been most vaccinated are also dealing with the sharpest spikes in new COVID cases.
The inventor of the mRNA vaccine posted a video on YouTube on the risks of the vaccine which was quickly taken down. He then went on the Tucker Carlson show and said, “I am concerned that the government is not being transparent with us about what the risks are. I am of the opinion that people have the right to decide whether to accept vaccines or not, especially since these are experimental vaccines.”
In June, Dr. Malone tweeted, “Not too surprising, but here we go. CDC panel says heart inflammation cases likely linked to mRNA COVID-19 vaccines.”
He went on to tell Tucker that the right of people to be informed about the risks of vaccines and to refuse an experimental treatment is a matter of clinical research ethics. He said, “We don’t have access to the data and the data have not been captured rigorously enough to accurately assess the risks. Therefore, we don’t really have the information we need to make a reasonable decision.”
He went on to say that he does not believe that the possible benefits of the vaccine are worth the risks, especially for younger people.
According to the CDC, over a thousand cases of heart inflammation connected to the mRNA vaccine have been reported, a startling number of which have occurred in people under the age of 18.