President Joe Biden’s administration has announced in recent weeks that it plans to coordinate with social media platforms to crack down on what it deems “misinformation” about COVID-19 and related vaccinations.
But Breitbart‘s Joel Pollak points out that when judging by his standards, much of what President Biden and his own administration said just a couple of months ago would now be deemed “misinformation.”
According to Pollak, in mid-May, Biden and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that the fully vaccinated were wholly safe from COVID-19 and no longer needed to wear masks to protect against contracting the disease.
Just this week, however, the CDC reversed course, acknowledging that the fully vaccinated could still be infected and insisting that everyone, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, should resume wearing face coverings at all times.
To mask or not to mask?
As Pollak noted, it was on May 13 that President Biden’s White House shared “big news” from the CDC, declaring: “If you’re fully vaccinated, you do not need to wear a mask — indoors or outdoors, in most settings.”
A maskless Biden was seen the next day touting the news during a speech outside the White House. “If you are fully vaccinated, you no longer need to wear a mask. Let me repeat: If you are fully vaccinated, you no longer need to wear a mask,” he said.
But, as of Tuesday this week, the CDC announced updated guidelines that recommended “for fully vaccinated people to wear a mask in public indoor settings,” particularly in areas with “substantial or high transmission” of the coronavirus.
Controlling COVID, or free speech?
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was pressed repeatedly on the CDC’s abrupt reversal during Tuesday’s press briefing, but as has become typical, she largely danced around the questions, deferring to the “science” and arguing that the situation now is different than it was in May.
Of course, Breitbart’s Pollak pointed out that “[t]hat is the nature of science: our knowledge is always changing, and so it is natural that policy changes should follow.”
Despite this, Biden’s administration constantly insists that science is “settled” in terms of the coronavirus — even as it’s had to walk back its own guidance on more than one occasion.
“This ought to show the folly of suppressing the speech of people who happen to have different views about medical science,” Pollak concluded.
“Living in an open society means allowing the audience to determine the credibility of the speaker and weigh various arguments against one another, without being punished for heresy,” the Breitbart writer added. “But many of those pushing censorship are only using the coronavirus as a pretext: they care far more about controlling speech than controlling the pandemic.”