Under leftist rule, harmless things are given scary names. For example, weather is called “the climate emergency.” Correspondingly, innocuous terms are used to describe dangerous concepts. An example is the word “consensus.”
Jay Bhattacharya is a professor at Stanford Medical School. Last month, he attended a public policy roundtable hosted by Ron DeSantis. What happened next illustrates what “consensus” has come to mean.
Bhattacharya writes in the Wall Street Journal:
The point was to discuss the state’s Covid policies in the months ahead. That 600,000 Americans have died with Covid-19 is evidence that the lockdowns over the past year, including significant restrictions on the lives of children, haven’t worked. Florida reopened in May and declined to shut down again. Yet age-adjusted mortality is lower in Florida than in locked-down California, and Florida’s public schools are almost all open, while California’s aren’t.
My fellow panelists—Sunetra Gupta of Oxford, Martin Kulldorff of Harvard and Scott Atlas of Stanford—and I discussed a variety of topics. One was the wisdom of requiring children to wear masks. The press asked questions, and a video of the event was posted on YouTube by local media, including Tampa’s WTSP.
But last week YouTube removed a recording of this routine policy discussion from its website. The company claimed my fellow panel members and I were trafficking in misinformation. The company said it removed the video “because it included content that contradicts the consensus of local and global health authorities regarding the efficacy of masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”
Everyone at the panel agreed that making little kids wear masks is a bad idea. Yet there is a “consensus”; all scientists agree that children must wear masks until Dr Fauci says otherwise.
It doesn’t matter how many experts disagree with the “consensus.” An opinion is a consensus if it is the one you must hold if you don’t want to get censored by Big Tech on behalf of the liberal establishment.
The antonym of “consensus” is “misinformation” — i.e., information the liberal establishment wants suppressed. These words will be used constantly to bully, suppress, dupe, and manipulate as the media throws its weight behind the global warming hoax on behalf of the Party of Government.
On a tip from Varla.
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