As bad as Twitter’s censorship of the Hunter Biden laptop story was—and it was extremely bad, since it constituted interference in a U.S. presidential election—what we learned last week, was, as impossible as it sounds, considerably worse.
Those revelations from Elon Musk, brought to us via independent journalist Bari Weiss, detailed how Twitter, despite repeated public emphatic denials (read: unconscionable lies) by their executives, had secretly censored tweets in a variety of manners including “Trends Blacklist” and “Search Blacklist.”
Among what appears to have been many such censored posters—including me, I have come to suspect, in a minor way—was Turning Point founder Charlie Kirk, whose courageous work to counter the pervasive bias in our educational system has been of supreme importance.
This is something out of the Goebbels/Beria playbook—the censorship or repression of legitimate scientific debate from one of the highest regarded authorities in the country for political ends—the disastrous results for the American, not to mention the world, public be damned.
But who is Dr. Bhattacharya? If you don’t know, a good place to look is this episode of “Uncommon Knowledge With Peter Robinson,” and also Jan Jekielek’s “American Thought Leaders” here at The Epoch Times.
The short form is that he’s an M.D. and holds a Ph.D. in economics, both from Stanford, and is now a professor of health policy at Stanford Medical School and generally regarded as one of the world’s experts in the field.
He’s also one of the three co-authors of the Great Barrington Declaration, which, as of now, has 934,000 signatures from physicians and scientists, many of them quite eminent, from dozens of countries.
For those who have not seen it, the declaration begins: “As infectious disease epidemiologists and public health scientists we have grave concerns about the damaging physical and mental health impacts of the prevailing COVID-19 policies, and recommend an approach we call Focused Protection.”