We now have two opposing realities in this country. Both sides are sure their reality is correct and the other one isn’t. It’s turning us all into schizophrenics. Both sides fervently believe they are winning the COVID propaganda battle.
Liberals generally believe what the mainstream media tells them: The reason COVID is disappearing, they insist, is because lockdowns, masks and vaccine mandates worked.
Conservatives generally believe what “alternative media” tells them. That pharmaceutical companies colluded with the Biden regime to bilk the American people out of billions of dollars so they could line their own pockets and gain unparalleled power.
Lately, the alternative media is abuzz with new revelations about the vaccines and Pfizer. There is a euphoric feeling that the widely accepted narrative is going to change for the better. Surely, with the latest bombshell revelations, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla will at last be prosecuted for crimes against humanity.
In a COVID-19 hearing before the European Parliament, MEP for Denmark Rob Roos got a Pfizer representative to admit that, “At the time of introduction, the vaccine had never been tested on stopping the transmission of the virus.” Roos goes on to explain, “This removes the entire legal basis for the COVID passport. The COVID passport that led to massive institutional discrimination, as people lost access to essential parts of society. I find this to be shocking—even criminal.”
If you watch the video, you will see Pfizer representative Janine Small laugh when she responds,
Did we know about stopping transmission before it entered the market? No, ha ha. These, emm, you know we had to really move at the speed of science to really understand what is taking place in the market.
“The speed of science.” Yes, she really said that.
Meanwhile, we have Fauci saying he is the science and that, “Attacks on me are attacks on science.”
We have the United Nations’ Melissa Fleming saying with all the arrogance of a totalitarian that, “We own the science, and we think that the world should know it.”
Those of us who have rejected such statements as preposterous lies should be excused for feeling a little schizophrenic. The world that claims to own the science is increasingly becoming the world where falsehoods are accepted as truth. They don’t even mind if you know it anymore. In fact, they laugh in your face as they tell their lies.
Surely this must mean we are winning. It’s all so obvious!
No, we aren’t. It’s only obvious to one side.
At the heart of the second trial to come out of Special Counsel John Durham’s investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia collusion probe is a story of disinformation.
Marc Elias, general counsel for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, testified both during a House Intelligence Committee investigation in 2017 and recently during Durham’s ongoing probe that he was the one who hired the opposition research firm Fusion GPS to dig up dirt on then-candidate Donald Trump.
Fusion GPS went on to commission former MI6 agent Christopher Steele to create the infamous “Steele dossier,” which purported to show collusion between Trump’s campaign and the Kremlin. It contained several salacious and since-debunked claims about Trump and his alleged ties to Russia.
The federal government infamously used the now-discredited dossier to obtain a warrant to surveil former Trump 2016 campaign aide Carter Page. The Justice Department later admitted the warrant application was full of misinformation and the surveillance warrant should’ve never been approved.
The primary source of the Steele dossier was Igor Danchenko, a Russian analyst who’s now on trial as part of Durham’s investigation for allegedly lying to the FBI about his own sources for the information that he provided to Steele.
Federal prosecutors allege that Danchenko, who has pleaded not guilty, fabricated and concealed his sources in conversations with the feds. The trial began in Alexandria, Va. on Tuesday.
The case highlights how potent a weapon disinformation can be in today’s political climate, where falsehoods can slip through the cracks and transform into received truth without the public noticing.
However, it works the other way as well.
Indeed, in the past few years the opposite has more often been the case: Something deemed disinformation ultimately turns out to be true.
Stories about protagonists who’ve been misguided their whole lives about something very important have been emerging in our culture for generations, and they continue to delight audiences in the box office to this day.
The pauper was really a prince. Luke was Darth Vader’s son. Keanu Reeves had been living in a computer simulation. Bruce Willis was really a ghost. Jim Carrey’s whole world was the set of a TV show, and everyone in his life had been lying to him since his infancy.
This theme repeats so often because it strongly resonates with people. And it strongly resonates with people because it’s exactly what is happening.
From our earliest moments we are trained to fit in with a society that was designed from the ground up by the powerful in the service of the powerful. As soon as we are old enough to get curious about the world and how it works our heads are filled with lies about such matters, by our education systems, by the media we consume, by our parents who were indoctrinated in the same way, and by the very culture we find ourselves immersed in from day one.
These stories about a character who’s been deceived about life resonate so strongly with us because on some level we all suspect it might be true of our own lives as well. They whisper to something hidden and sacred within us that has always sensed that there’s something not quite right with the way we are perceiving things.