Feds ID'd as primary source of COVID misinformation

Dr. Anthony Fauci in an appearance Nov. 28, 2021 on CBS' "Face the Nation' (Video screenshot)
Dr. Anthony Fauci in an appearance Nov. 28, 2021 on CBS’ “Face the Nation’ (Video screenshot)

The primary source of COVID misinformation during the deadly pandemic was the federal government, according to a comment filed with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services by Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita and a number of vaccine and healthcare policy experts.

According to a report from Just the News, the comment came as part of a survey by U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy asking the public how COVID misinformation affected health outcomes and trust in the healthcare system.

“The government spent close to $5 trillion fighting COVID-19, but still can’t provide Hoosiers with an accurate number of deaths or hospitalizations from COVID-19,” Rokita said, in the report.

His comment charged that the Centers for Disease Control and other health officials promoted lies, as well as “shoddy research” that “shattered the public’s trust in science and public health.”

That, he warned, will “take decades to repair.”

It was, in fact, federal officials who mounted repeated campaigns to deliver negative messaging about treatments such as ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine which have been shown to be helpful.

Instead, the focus – indeed mandates – were for unquestioning submission to various shots that the federal government bought with tax money and distributed across the nation.

Just the News reported Rokita and epidemiologists Jay Bhattacharya of Stanford School of Medicine and Martin Kulldorff, formerly of Harvard Med, also undermined government figures who were delivering their messages.

The report said the comment doesn’t cite Anthony Fauci, the lead player in delivering the government’s pro-vaccination messaging as the chief of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, but a press release that also was released does name him for “misleading” about what vaccines and masks could or would do.

The comment may not, however, appear in the final HHS reviews, because the agency said earlier “not every comment” would be made available to the public, Just the News said.

Rokita’s concerns described the CDC’s figures on the pandemic as incorrect, echoing charges from Oregon state Sens. Kim Thatcher and Dennis Lincecum who asked for a grand jury to review those processes, especially how CDC insisted COVID be listed as a “cause” of death in cases where there were other health factors.

Just the News confirmed audits of death records in two California counties discovered 25% wrongly listed COVID as the primary cause, as physicians were pressured to assign that blame “even when the medical facts suggest otherwise,” Just the News said.

The charges raise questions about the entirety of the government’s campaign, including vaccine passports, school closures and other lockdowns that harmed people and businesses, and a refusal to acknowledge natural immunity.

In other comments, several suggested the government let scientific questions be resolved by scientific processes.

The National Association of Scholars warned, “Federal authorities, even expert authorities, should never engage in defining or adjudicating what are properly scientific questions,” and described the federal government as “the major purveyor of misinformation.”

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