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Tucker Carlson on YouTube Silencing Coronavirus Opinions: This Is What State Media Looks Like


TUCKER CARLSON, FOX NEWS: On February 6th of this year, a group of researchers from the South China University of Technology uploaded a paper on the origins of the Coronavirus. The paper found that, contrary to popular accounts, the virus likely did not originate from an exotic animal in a so-called wet market. Instead, the paper concluded, quote: “the killer coronavirus probably originated from a laboratory in Wuhan.” The researchers who concluded this were Chinese scientists, who work for a Chinese university. Understandably, they were worried about the health implications for their own country. The paper ended this way: quote, “Safety levels may need to be reinforced in high risk, bio-hazardous laboratories. Regulations may be taken to relocate these laboratories far away from city center[s] and other densely populated places.” End quote.

As it happens, February 6th, that day the paper went online, was also the date of the first coronavirus death in this country. The American media had every reason to pay attention to what the Chinese scientists found. But they didn’t. For nearly two months, the paper was all but ignored by news outlets. On March 31st, this show broadcast its contents. By then, more than 3,700 Americans had died from the coronavirus. Tens of thousands were hospitalized. We imagined there would be a serious national effort to find out where the virus came from, and how the pandemic started. But we were wrong. There wasn’t. There was silence. Once again, the people in charge of our public health infrastructure simply ignored credible evidence that contradicted the Chinese government’s version of events.

That was five and a half months months ago. During that time, our society has been completely upended by the coronavirus. Nearly two hundred thousand Americans have died from it. Now more than ever, we believe it’s worth knowing where this disease came from. Last night on this show, we spoke to a Chinese virologist called Dr. Li-Men Yang. Yang was one of the first scientists on earth to study the Wuhan outbreak, back in December of last year, before the rest of the world knew it happened. What she found put her on a collision course with the Chinese government. In April, she fled her country, in fear for her life. She now lives in the United States in hiding. Here’s some of what she told us last night:

DR. LI-MENG YAN: From my first report, I can present solid scientific evidence that Covid-19 actually is not from nature... I work with the top virologists in the world so together with my experience, I can tell you this is created in the lab. This is from... owned by Chinese military and also, it is spread to the world to make such damage.

TUCKER: To make such damage. Do you believe the Chinese government released this intentionally? Did they do this?

YAN: Yes of course. Intentionally.

Covid-19 is not from nature. It was created in a lab in Wuhan. The Chinese government intentionally unleashed it on the world. Those are her claims. Are they true? We have no way of verifying them. We do know that Dr. Li-Men Yang is not a quack. She’s authored peer-reviewed papers on coronavirus transmission in both Nature magazine and the Lancet, two of the most-respected publications in science. Her paper on the origin of Covid-19, which she has published online, is not frivolous. In it, she points to specific evidence for her claims. She identifies so-called "cut sites," which are frequently used in genomic engineering, that would allow scientists to swap in sequences from another virus, to create what she described last night as a Frankenstein bioweapon. She writes that she has first-hand knowledge that the Chinese military has a template virus with cut-sites, designed for that very purpose.

Again, we can’t verify this. But it’s clear that Dr. Li-Men Yang is a serious person, who is making a very serious claim. Within a few hours of our interview last night last night, a video of the segment reached 1.3 million people on Facebook. The coronavirus pandemic has touched the life of every American. People want to know where it came from. But Facebook doesn’t want you to know. So Facebook suppressed the video, presumably on behalf of the Chinese government. Facebook executives made it harder for users to watch our segment. Those who found the video had to navigate a warning that the interview, quote, "repeats information about COVID-19 that independent fact-checkers say is false." Instagram, which Facebook owns, did the same thing. Twitter suspended Dr. Yang's account entirely. It did not explain why.

Nor will the tech companies explain how they know more about disease transmission than an MD/PhD virologist like Li-Men Yang. Instead, Facebook and Instagram linked to three so-called "fact-checks" that supposedly prove Yang was lying. But if you clicked on the provided links, you noticed something odd. The “fact checks” were all published months ago -- in January, February, and March. They have nothing to do with what Dr. Li-Men Yang said. They were written before anyone knew who she was. In fact, one of the "fact-checks" attacks a totally unrelated claim: that the virus was patented, and that a vaccine was already prepared and ready to go. Huh? What does that have to do with our interview?

No one will tell us. The truth is that the experts have been wrong frequently throughout this pandemic. At one point, they told us not to wear masks. Now they tell us we must. And so on. They’ve changed their prescriptions many times. Most of them aren’t bad people. But like all human beings, they’re fallible. They make mistakes. The solution — and we used to understand this intuitively — is more informed voices in the conversation. Censorship doesn’t make us wiser or better informed. If it did, we’d be speaking Russian right now. The Soviet Union would run the world. Instead, the Soviet Union is extinct, collapsed under the weight of its own absurdities. That’s the most basic lesson of dictatorships: Anything built on lies falls apart over time.

Unfortunately, dictators don’t see it that way. Dictators care about power. Anything that stands in the way of their power must be crushed. Watch Facebook leader Mark Zuckerberg back in April explain that any challenges to the party line on coronavirus will be censored immediately:

ZUCKERBERG: if someone's spreading something that puts people at imminent risk of physical harm, then we take that down. We don't allow that on Facebook... There are also other misinformation that may not lead to physical - imminent risk of physical harm, but still isn't the type of stuff we want to be spreading through our system.

Misinformation can't be allowed to spread "through our system," Zuckerberg says. What exactly constitutes “misinformation,” you might be asking? Well anything that suggests our health authorities and Democratic politicians are incompetent, of course. Also anything that embarrasses Big Tech’s allies in the communist government of China. Information like that must be censored. In July, Facebook and Twitter took down a Breitbart video of several doctors pointing out that hydroxychloroquine could help coronavirus patients. Listen carefully to what the doctors said:

DR. SIMONE GOLD: This is a treatment regimen that’s very simple, and it should be in the hands of the American people. The difficult aspect of this is that at the moment, because of politics, it’s being blocked from doctors prescribing it, and it’s being blocked from pharmacists releasing it. They’ve been empowered to overrule the doctor’s opinion... I’m in favor of it being over the counter. Give it to the people. Give it to the people.

Facebook declared this video couldn't be allowed because it was dangerous misinformation. But in July -- the same month this video was posted -- researchers at the Henry Ford Health System in Southeast Michigan found that early administration of hydroxychloroquine made hospitalized patients substantially less likely to die.

None of that mattered to the 25-year-old humanities majors staffing Facebook's fact-checking division, who decided that you absolutely could not see the video. But in a way, Facebook was being honest. The video was dangerous -- to the same elites who view democracy as a threat to their monopoly on information. "Give it to the people," the doctor says in the video. Nothing could be more dangerous to Silicon Valley than democratizing access to the truth.

Alphabet, which owns the search engine Google and the video-sharing site YouTube, is even more protective of its stranglehold on information. In April, they removed a video from Dr. Dan Erickson, who said he was being pressured to indicate that patients were dying of coronavirus, when in fact other causes were to blame. He also cast doubt on the need for universal social distancing. Watch:

DR. DAN ERICKSON: Doctors are pressured to say people died of Covid TRT: 20 ERICKSON: We aren’t pressured to test for flu but ER doctors I talk to say “It’s interesting. When I’m writing up my death report, I’m being pressure to add Covid. Why is that? Why are we being pressured to add Covid? Is it to maybe increase the numbers and make it look a little bit worse than it is?”. I think so.

YouTube said the video must be censored because it "explicitly disputed the efficacy of local health authority recommended guidance." They didn't even claim that Dr. Erickson was saying anything false -- they just said he contradicted "guidance" from unnamed bureaucrats in government. Talk about state media.

More recently, YouTube censored a video from Dr. Scott Atlas, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, arguing that maybe we don't need universal social distancing measures. Some demographics, Atlas said, aren't in great danger from the coronavirus, especially young people. That's obviously true. No serious scientist disputes it. Then Dr. Atlas did what you absolutely cannot do. He pointed out that statistical models -- the very models technocrats use to justify their existence -- had been catastrophically wrong. Watch:

SCOTT ATLAS: The policymakers in general - They put in a lockdown. They didn’t care at all, they did not calculate at all the harms of the lockdown, the consequences of the lockdown. They did a “Stop COVID 19 at all costs” and they used hypothetical projection models that were so egregiously wrong, far, far off. Yet they keep citing those models. Peter Robinson: Even now. Scott Atlas: Even now. So the extension of the lockdown is the problem.

What Dr. Atlas said is true. Look it up, assuming you still can. And because it’s true, we will continue to say it. Period. Fox News believes in free speech. We plan to exercise ours. We’re allowed to do that, because unlike the majority of news organizations in America, we’re not beholden to Facebook and YouTube for our revenue. For as long as that’s true, we’re going to report, and let you decide.
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