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Weekly Axis Of Easy #211
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Ivermectin critic deplatformed by Youtube
Rolling Stone all but retracts Ivermectin hit piece after hospital denies key assertions
Every time I write about Ivermectin I get a few emails from people telling me to literally “f*** off” and that I’m a “f***ing idiot”. Thanks for that. I hope you have a nice day too.
Perhaps I do a bad job explaining that the controversy around Ivermectin isn’t really about Ivermectin, it’s about narrative and it’s about media integrity and it’s about credibility.
Here we have a critic of Ivermectin who made a documentary examining the claims of proponents of it who was deplatformed from Youtube “for distributing medical misinformation” even though everything within that documentary would be considered in complete conformity with current guidance and policy regarding the drug.
The subtext here is profound: David Fuller, the author of the documentary told Matt Taibbi that he
“Deliberately chose to tell the story on Rebel Wisdom rather than pitching it to a legacy media outfit,” he says. “I didn’t want to give Bret’s [Weinstein] fans the chance to paint it as an ‘MSM smear.’”
Good call, ordinarily, because as Taibbi noted,
“Fuller was making a conscious effort to use an independent editorial approach, as a means of side-stepping the credibility concerns that some audiences have with mainstream outlets.”
Taibbi is making a rare use of understatement. The MSM has lost all credibiility. This is something I’ve been saying is a serious problem for a couple hundred issues of this god forsaken newsletter now.
It appears as if the algos seem to simply zero in on anything talking about Ivermectin that isn’t from a mainstream media outlet. It’s the latter part that is more worrisome than the former.
““These topics, especially ivermectin, have become swallowed whole as culture war signifiers.” As a result, “we’re now in a world where the mainstream won’t ‘platform’ alternative claims for fear of ‘false equivalence’ and are trying to keep alive a broken system of gatekeeping.””
Anyone following along at home knows how I feel about algorithms and this societal love affair with “AI”, which doesn’t exist, and will never exist in the context we understand it. If it did, we wouldn’t have Facebook algos tagging videos of black men as “primates.”
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I’m planning to get a prescrition for Ivermectin and HCQ to be prepared.