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Moral busybodies, monstrous certainty

Why are we censoring scientific opinions?

21 August 2021

9:00 AM

21 August 2021

9:00 AM

It was C.S. Lewis who observed that there is no tyranny more oppressive or insulting than that of ‘omnipotent moral busybodies’ who treat their victims as ‘infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals’, incapable of reason, and torture them without end because they do it with the approval of their own conscience.

Could it be that the visionary Mr Lewis had in mind the Australian Senate and its Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, who is chairing an inquiry into, of all things, media diversity? One could be forgiven for thinking that Ms Hanson-Young has no interest in anything other than slavish conformity to green ideology in the media.

She is joined by former prime minister Kevin Rudd, still waging a fanatical jihad against News Corporation which he blames for the undoing of his leadership, studiously avoiding the fact that it was his fellow Labor MPs, hardly known for taking voting instructions from ‘the Murdoch papers’, who removed him.

It is hardly surprising that this odd couple of Australian politics has been thrilled by the censorship of Google’s YouTube which banned Sky News Australia for seven days over what it likes to call Covid ‘misinformation’.

YouTube says it has ‘clear and established Covid-19 medical misinformation policies based on local and global health authority guidance, to prevent the spread of Covid-19 misinformation that could cause real-world harm’. This censorship began at the behest of the World Health Organisation (WHO) which as early as 2 February, 2020, claimed that it was fighting an ‘infodemic’, a tsunami of misinformation which was undermining trust in science and the cohesiveness of societies by increasing social inequities, stigma, gender disparity and generational rift.

In less than a fortnight, this morphed into a request for tech companies to wage a war on ‘fake news’, a call they have responded to with alacrity. Initially, the ‘misinformation’ related to the origin of the virus, but it quickly included responses to the pandemic – lockdowns, masks and therapeutics.

Eighteen months on, the WHO claims that there are still no effective early treatments for Covid. This flies in the face of the research and recommendations of some of the world’s most brilliant and courageous doctors who are using more than a dozen different combinations of drugs and vitamins to prevent the initial viral infection with Sars-2 from developing into full-blown Covid. The best known drugs are ivermectin and chloroquine and its analogue hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), precisely the two that the WHO is determined to stymie. YouTube is keen to do its bidding saying it doesn’t allow content that ‘encourages people to use hydroxychloroquine or ivermectin to treat or prevent the virus’.

Yet it was China’s ‘Sars hero’ Zhong Nanshan who recommended chloroquine as an early treatment for Sars-2 based on its antiviral properties which were established in the 1960s and were recognised in the treatment of the original Sars. To this day, chloroquine remains on the Covid treatment guidelines of China’s National Health Commission.

From there it was picked up by French professor Didier Raoult, who has been awarded numerous scientific awards and the French Legion of Honour and who used it in a double-therapy to treat more than 10,000 Covid patients in Marseille, with one of the lowest mortality rates in France.

Shortly afterwards it was adopted by doctors in the US. Dr Peter McCullough an internist, cardiologist, epidemiologist, and Professor of Medicine, Texas Christian University and the University of North Texas and Dr Harvey Risch, Professor of Epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health and Medicine refined this into the first early treatment protocol for Covid, which was published in the prestigious peer-reviewed American Journal of Medicine.

At the same time, researchers at Australia’s Doherty Institute demonstrated that ivermectin could reduce Sars-Cov-2 in vitro. Dr Thomas Borody, famous for his ground-breaking cure for peptic ulcers which has saved hundreds of thousands of lives, developed ivermectin therapy as a prophylactic, early and late treatment.

As a result, hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin are officially used in more than a dozen countries and states such as Uttar Pradesh in India where it was credited with ending the Delta-fuelled second wave as well as in Mexico City.

Yet social media is doing its best to censor reporting on the efficacy of these drugs and to smear, where they can, the researchers. No target is too big or too small.

Dr Been, a Silicon Valley medico and innovator who provides online medical instruction to more than a million viewers has had numerous YouTube lectures pulled down. He tweeted sadly, ‘Behold the work of modern era book burners – our ushers to dark ages’.

Videos are being removed from the Front Line Covid-19 Critical Care Alliance which has developed early treatment protocols, reviews all emerging medical literature, educates doctors and the public and coordinates and accelerates research.

Doctors in the US are hounded by the Federal Trade Commission for making it known that they prescribe ivermectin for Covid. A similar attempt was made in Australia reporting a member of the Covid Medical Network to the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

Yet to Hanson-Young the only question is ‘if the spread of misinformation isn’t allowed on the internet why is it on television broadcasts?’ She has recalled the Upper House media diversity inquiry to question executives from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (Acma) to explain why it has not acted to censor Sky News like YouTube. Invited to the Inquisition are the chief health officers of every state and territory. Yet who are these medical and research nonentities, and their bungling bureaucratic counterparts at the WHO, and YouTube to censor the brilliant medical work that has gone into the early treatment protocols for Covid-19?

It is no trivial matter. More than 4.3 million people have died of Covid since the Chinese Communist Party conspicuously failed to contain the novel virus within its borders. The dissident doctors claim that if their treatment protocols had been adopted, millions of those lives would have been saved.

At the end of his searing documentary, The Ascent of Man, Jacob Bronowski stood in the swamp at Auschwitz. Reflecting on the monstrous, hubristic certainty that led to so much suffering and death he quoted Oliver Cromwell; ‘I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken’. Who could imagine that today’s censors would listen?

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