Those skeptics who were furiously mocked as cranks…

… 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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9 responses to “Those skeptics who were furiously mocked as cranks…”

  1. Chris Morris Avatar
    Chris Morris

    It is still compulsory for people entering a medical facility to wear a mask. Don’t the medical bureaucrats follow the science? Or hasn’t it been announced from the pulpit of truth yet?

  2. Lucia Maria Avatar
    Lucia Maria

    What has happened is just so disgusting & outrageous. Just the mind-blowing stupidity of it all, being ruled by these cretinous morons.

    1. MT_Tinman Avatar

      Not a nice way to describe the voting public LM. Remember in a democracy the rulers are the people.

      Having watched who they vote for their representatives I can’t disagree with your assessment.

      1. Lucia Maria Avatar
        Lucia Maria

        I agree, Tinman, that in a democracy the rulers are the people. Yet not via voting.

        I put this on Kiwiblog – see what you think

    2. Tom Hunter Avatar
      Tom Hunter

      Speaking of disgusting and outrageous….

      1. Lucia Maria Avatar
        Lucia Maria

        Recently, I heard the FDA & CDC being describing as “impersonating regulators”. If they (and our regulators) were actually doing their jobs, this wouldn’t be happening. Just awful.

    3. Old Curmudgeon Avatar
      Old Curmudgeon

      Totally agree LM but I don’t blame Labour because it’s in their DNA to be total morons.
      I blame the morons who vote for them.
      As for the mask fiasco and the mandate travesty they were able to get away with it because none of the other parties spoke out or tried to stop them. Also the stupid people who went along with it.
      I think I’ll strangle the next person who says to me “but Jacinda saved us”

    4. fredonas Avatar

      I agree, the level of mass formation psychosis in the general public caused by this lab-created lurgy and the ill-considered, excessive “one size fits all” response by our inept government based on hysterical advice from “experts” fuelled by “garbage in, garbage out” computer models has been astounding and depressing.
      I wonder how many people are suffering in silence due to putting off going to their GP or chemist due to the ongoing mask mandate stupidity?
      Any “vaccine” was always going to be hit and miss due to the rapid rate of mutation inherent in these viruses yet our dogmatic, authoritarian government persisted in inflicting unnecessary pain and suffering on hapless taxpayers with their “no jab, no job” coercive policy.
      I hope that voters have long memories and deliver them a resounding defeat at the election in October or hopefully sooner.

  3. Uncoffined Avatar

    The stupid still walk amongst us. you still see the occassional car with one person in it, wearing a mask, or a shop assistant in a gardening center (outside).

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