It was a warning to basically say, ‘do not question the official government line.’
— Mark Sharman
This is a really good article by Kyle Becker at Trending Politics(opens new window). Here are some highlights:
Mark Sharman on Panic and Fear
“It is the first job,” Sharman responded. “I mean, we’ve all been trained to ask, give both sides of a story and let the viewer decide. But clearly all the way through the pandemic, only one side of the story was given and the media, actually broadcasters and newspapers, picked up the thought that had been created by these behavioral psychologists and created this fear. The broadcasters picked it up with relish and that they really were spreaders of panic and fear.”
Sharman Responds to “They [news organizations] bought into the propaganda.”
“They did, they bought absolutely into the propaganda,” Sharman replied. “And I think it was very dangerous, but I think you have to probably look beyond Ofcom and beyond this country, because as you said this was a worldwide lockstep occurrence. And in parallel with media, you had big tech, new media who were censoring everything.”
Telegraph Reports on Scientists’ Regrets
“Scientists on a committee that encouraged the use of fear to control people’s behaviour during the Covid pandemic have admitted its work was ‘unethical’ and ‘totalitarian’,” the Telegraph reported.
“Members of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviour (SPI-B) expressed regret about the tactics in a new book about the role of psychology in the Government’s Covid-19 response,” the report noted.
Honestly…don’t care. This is just people trying to cover their asses. Regret is not enough. Jail sentences, loss of career won’t be enough, but that’s what should happen.