I was deceived ... : Bonus: Explanations for why we are not hearing about this in the media

[Note: This excellent and comprehensive article is so long that I'm separating it into multiple blog posts. The first eight in the series were posted on Stand Together Corvallis Parents blog on 1/20,1/22, 1/24, 1/26,1/28, 1/30, 2/1, and 2/3. The full article is here: - PR]

This section is a little different. It’s not here as part of the evidence for vaccine adverse events being underreported per say, but I thought I needed to address how it could be that we haven’t heard much about this from the media.

If Covid vaccines were actually harming and even killing significant numbers of people, how is it possible that this wouldn’t get covered in the media? This begs for some kind of explanation.

Censorship, and the merger of state, media, and tech

So much could be said about the amount of money pharmaceutical companies spend in advertising, but I suggest you listen to the aforementioned podcast with Dr. John Abramson, if you haven’t already. Here’s a summary.

Oh, and this is fun:

Here is an ad brought to you by Pfizer #ScienceWillWin. Pfizer, I mean “Science,” will save you from those pesky conspiracy theories:

Then there’s what journalist Sharyl Attkisson calls “Astroturf,” which is when political, corporate, and special interests disguise themselves to publish ads and articles to smear or “debunk” those who disagree with them.

Her TED talk from 2015 is still highly relevant today:

By the way, it seems like Attkisson herself was smeared by Wikipedia.

Here’s what Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger has said about how much he trusts the website he helped create:

Remember also what Wikipedia did to entrepreneur and philanthropist Steve Kirsch, and others.

Then there’s The Trusted News Initiative (TNI), which includes organizations like the BBC, Facebook, Twitter, Associated Press, Reuters, Washington Post, etc.

The TNI was originally started to battle “disinformation which threatens human life or disrupts democracy during elections,” but since the era of Covid it’s been weaponized to swamp out any dissent from the mainstream Covid narrative, and vilify individual scientists and doctors (example here).

Watch this short video about it here:

Also compare the search results you get for something like “vaccine heart attack” in google vs duckduckgo. Your results may vary, but when I did the search in google, almost every article downplayed the risk of heart attacks from vaccines (all but one), whereas in duckduckgo, 7 out of 10 of the articles were either more balanced, or were warnings from cardiologists about the vaccines:,q_auto:good,fl_progressive:steep/

Maybe it’s cause Google is also a pharmaceutical company.

By the way, if you ever search for anything controversial about COVID, you’ll probably get shown a barrage of “fact check” articles. How comforting, to know that fact checkers are protecting us from Fake News and “misinformation.”

Want to become a fact checker? Here’s a job description:

Although fact checker is “generally considered an entry-level job,” the people who are hired to do this “have strong research skills” (whew!) and are “extremely detail-oriented” (oh ok!) and “Some employers may require fact checkers to have a Bachelor's degree in journalism, English, or communications. However, internships may also be available if you have a high school diploma.”

Apparently this qualifies you to “fact check” dissenting scientists or doctors with PhDs or MDs. More on that, by evolutionary biologist Heather Heying:

I also broke down some of the “fact check” articles about spike protein in Part III here; I suspect some of them were written by interns.

Also, never mind that in court filings Facebook actually admitted that their “fact checks” were mere opinions. Never mind that people like James C. Smith, is on the board of Pfizer and also Chairman of Reuters.

Oh and it looks like a Facebook-partnered Covid “fact-checking” project might be funded by a group that holds $1.9 billion in Johnson & Johnson stock and is headed by a former director of the CDC.

We could go on and on about the web of entanglements between corporations, media, governments, so-called philanthropic organizations or “public-private partnerships,’ but there’s too much to say here. I hope to write more about this in the future.

In the meantime, here’s another fun montage from the “news” networks:

Propaganda in the past

When you see how often corporate media flat-out lies, and constantly tries to make us panic, or misleads us, or tries to “nudge” us, or frequently back tracks, or contradicts itself, to the point where supreme court justices believe wildly false claims about COVID, we end up doing absurd things, and it can seem like we are living in an era of unprecedented artificial paid-for reality.

All from CNN’s Kent Sepkowitz. Contrast the tweet on the lower right (from 1/7/21) with the earlier tweets.

There are historical precedents for what we are experiencing now.

In his 1928 classic Propaganda, Edward L. Bernays explains how governments, corporations, and foundations are capable of manipulating people en masse, in all areas of life, including war, politics, education, and medicine:

Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.

We are governed, our minds molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of.

During World War I, America was bombarded with propaganda in order to enlist people into the army. The media spread stories of the Germans (“Huns”) committing atrocities in Belgium; the Huns supposedly impaled babies, cut off the breasts of Red Cross nurses, and crucified a Canadian. The German army was fairly ruthless, but they had done none of those things. Almost none of the American press told the truth.

We can recall more recent instances of propaganda. Remember the supposed WMDs in Iraq? Or the color codes put in place by the Homeland Security Advisory System?

All while the erosions of civil liberties got cemented into The Patriot Act.

By the way, have you noticed how we lurch from crisis to crisis?

There was the global war on terror, then it was Russia, then it was COVID, then it was the pandemic of racism, and now I’m being told that white supremacy is the most lethal threat to our democracy today. I think we’re supposed to think that these same white people are linked, or perhaps identical, to the so-called domestic terrorists responsible for January 6. Nevermind the role of the FBI there (here and here).

It’s interesting that we don’t talk about the global war on terror as much these days. Guess they’ve all been supplanted by the domestic ones?

So if members of the government have been behind the manipulation of the public in the past, why wouldn’t it be happening now too?

My main source of information used to be newspapers like the New York Times, but over the course of a few years I gradually got red-pilled as I realized the number of verifiably fake news coming out of it (more on this in the future).

Glenn Greenwald, Pulitzer prize winning journalist and self-described leftie, has been particularly outspoken about the malpractice of mainstream media outlets (see examples here, here, here, here, and here).

In short, if you want good information you’ll have to look beyond corporate media (more on this here, here, here, or here). I find better (uncensored) information from podcasts, interviews, and Substack newsletters these days. They’re not perfect, but at least they’re uncensored and written by independent writers.

Here are some Substacks to follow for information on Covid. Bret Weinstein’s DarkHorse Podcast and Chris Martenson’s Peak Prosperity channel have also been invaluable sources of information on Covid. And when it comes to general news commentary or articles about the media and censorship, I like Matt Taibbi, and as mentioned earlier, Glenn Greenwald.

Concluding remarks

My vaccine experience

As I mentioned earlier, I took the Moderna vaccine. My immediate experience wasn’t too bad: after my second dose, I was fatigued, and had body aches and a headache.

However, I regret having taken it, because we don’t know anything about its long term health effects. And I don’t know whether I experienced any subclinical damage that will affect me down the road (see “Part IV- Adverse events are not binary,” from here).

I believe that for someone of my age and health, I was taking on more risk than reward, especially considering the fact that the vaccine’s efficacy wanes relatively quickly.

Personal anecdotes

Since I started paying attention to the issue of vaccine safety, I’ve also talked to some people in my own circle of family and friends, and the number of vaccine injuries, or suspected injuries, seems rather high anecdotally.

Here are the things I’m aware of, which by the way is likely an undercount, because I have not systematically surveyed all my friends and family:

  1. A friend of a friend had heart inflammatory issues following her vaccination. She was a marathon runner. I’m not sure what her final diagnosis is but I’m guessing myocarditis or pericarditis.

  2. Someone I know who I’ve fallen out of touch with developed long covid-like symptoms from the vax. I heard about his issues through a mutual friend that I am still in touch with.

  3. The mother of one of my husband’s friends was described as “not being the same” after her vaccination. I don’t know the details on what he meant by that.

  4. Someone my husband knows has had persistent unexplained pain in his leg after vaccination.

By the way, in all of these cases, I don’t think I would have found out about them if it weren’t for the fact that I’ve been talking about the Covid vaccines with the people around me.

In addition, there are a few cases that I suspect could be vaccination related, but I’m less sure about:

  1. The father of one of my friends went to the emergency room because of heart/chest pains. My friend said, “No one thought to record it as potentially from the vax.”

  2. A friend of my husband’s had quadruple bypass surgery. He doesn’t have the healthiest lifestyle (he’s a bit overweight and doesn’t get much exercise), but has never had a history of blocked arteries or other related issues, so his suddenly needing quadruple bypass surgery was… surprising, to say the least.

What about you? Have you asked your family or friends whether they, or anyone they know, have had any serious adverse effects from the vaccines?

Or can you think of any people in your life that might have been harmed, but they, and their doctors, never thought to think of the vaccines as the cause? Think heart issues, clotting, strokes, neurological issues, chronic fatigue, or changes in menstruation, just to name a few.

Or if you are a doctor or nurse treating patients: what have you seen?

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