… and occasionally censored as “misinformers” for opposing mandates were right. The mainstream experts and pundits who supported mandates were wrong. In a better world, it would behoove the latter group to acknowledge their error, along with its considerable physical, psychological, pedagogical and political costs.
So says none other than the US Establishment’s own sorority newsletter, the New York Times, reporting on the recent study of masks and mask mandates, the Cochrane Study. I’d been going to post on this anyway, but having the NYT cover it just makes it more delicious:
The most rigorous and comprehensive analysis of scientific studies conducted on the efficacy of masks for reducing the spread of respiratory illnesses — including Covid-19 — was published late last month. Its conclusions, said Tom Jefferson, the Oxford epidemiologist who is its lead author, were unambiguous.
“There is just no evidence that they” — masks — “make any difference,” he told the journalist Maryanne Demasi. “Full stop.”
But, wait, hold on. What about N-95 masks, as opposed to lower-quality surgical or cloth masks?
“Makes no difference — none of it,” said Jefferson.
What about the studies that initially persuaded policymakers to impose mask mandates?
“They were convinced by non-randomized studies, flawed observational studies.”
A point that I and many other opponents of mask mandates made from the start.
So, when do all the assholes – from politicians to bureaucrats to MSM figures, as well the ordinary people who acted as Stasi enforcers – actually also start apologising for this totalitarian insanity, in public around the world, including here in New Zealand?
The interview Stephens quotes is from February 5th. Quite a long time ago in the news business. And that interview, of course, was not conducted by a New York Times reported. He had to go outside the “Paper of Record” to find reportage about the Cochrane Study because, once again, the New York Times has refused to cover it.
And why won’t they cover it? Because the Cochrane Study is an impeccable meta-study of 78 other studies which has proven, once and for all, that masks did nothing to slow the spread of covid.
I’m sure you’ve noticed all the media and technocratic non-elite rushing to confess their errors? Remember, confessing errors is what they themselves say distinguish them from Disinformation Spreaders. If they don’t confess their errors, they are Disinformation Spreaders and Conspiracy Theorists.
My guess is they never will, as that article’s author points out. Given the NYT article I suppose our MSM might be forced to cover this story.
But I wouldn’t bet on it.
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