Yesterday, we offered a preview of Alex Berenson’s upcoming report from the “Twitter Files,” gleaned from information that Twitter CEO Elon Musk has made available to a handful of independent journalists. Last night, Berenson appeared on Tucker Carlson’s FOX NEWS show.
Berenson had just written on Substack about former FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb now being on the board of Pfizer, “which obviously has an enormous financial interest in the vaccines,” as he told Tucker on Tuesday. He said Gottlieb personally was pressuring Twitter to suppress individuals. (Aside: There seems to be as much of a revolving door between the FDA and pharmaceutical companies as there is between the ‘Justice’ Department and Democrat law firm Latham & Watkins.) Dr. Gottlieb apparently didn’t just call for Twitter to suppress Berenson, but also even to silence his own successor as acting head of the FDA, Dr. Brett Giroir. Both Drs. Gottlieb and Giroir had been Trump administration appointees.
“That’s how much Scott Gottlieb and Pfizer didn’t want discussion of of the vaccines,” Berenson said. (At the time of this writing late Monday night, Pfizer had yet to respond to anything being revealed in the “Twitter Files.”)
When Gottlieb would hit a trouble spot in his quest for content moderation, Berenson explained, he’d go to a senior lobbyist in Twitter’s Washington office named Todd O’Boyle. O’Boyle must’ve been extremely busy and perhaps at times felt quite put upon, because when the White House wanted to censor something or someone, they’d go to him, too.
Berenson sees this as evidence of “overlap” between Pfizer and the White House, in their common goal of creating the phony appearance of a scientific consensus to discourage vaccine hesitancy.
Berenson is suing Pfizer, Gottlieb, the White House and others, viewing his lawsuit as, “I think, a unique opportunity, assuming I can survive the motion to dismiss, to actually see how the company and the White House were talking in the summer of 2021, as the vaccines were clearly beginning to fail for those of us who were paying attention.”
He stressed again that access to the “Twitter Files” isn’t just a matter of one big data dump he and his colleagues can go through. “It’s an iterative process where we’re questioning Twitter about what’s in there, and they’re coming back to us with answers.” He said that in a couple of weeks, this process will have revealed much about Dr. Fauci and “everything else.”
Elon Musk has already commented on Berenson’s report about Gottlieb. Referring to the above-described “overlap,” Musk tweeted Monday that “Some conspiracies are actually true.” Zing.
Here’s one standout example: Dr. Gottlieb saw a tweet he didn’t like about the vaccine, which was that natural immunity after COVID infection was superior to vaccine protection. As Berenson describes this tweet, “It called on the White House to ‘follow the science’ and exempt people with natural immunity from upcoming vaccine mandates.” But this particular tweet happened to have come from Dr. Giroir, Gottlieb’s successor at the FDA! And Dr. Giroir had even encouraged those without natural immunity to get vaccinated.
This wasn’t good enough for Gottlieb, who went to Twitter lobbyist O’Boyle about the “corrosive” post.
As David Zweig at THE ATLANTIC has reported, another doctor whose tweets caught the eyes of Twitter moderators was Harvard Medical School epidemiologist Dr. Martin Kulldorff, who had dared to tweet in answer to a question that young people who had already been exposed to COVID did not need to be vaccinated. “COVID vaccines are important for older high-risk people, and their care-takers. Those with prior infection do not need it. Nor children.” Internal emails at Twitter showed an “intent to action” by a moderator, saying Kulldorff had violated Twitter’s “misinformation” policy (!) by sharing “false information.” They went on to label it as such, merely because it differed from CDC guidelines (which were presumed, often falsely, to be correct). All replies and ‘likes’ were shut off, preventing the tweet from being seen by many people.
Never mind that Dr. Kulldorff was a top expert in his field. He had contradicted some leftist Twitter content moderators whose job included censoring valid scientific opinion between their yoga sessions and wine breaks.
Becker also included the story we brought you yesterday about the Twitter accounts of fake ER doctors driving fear of COVID death. Some of these fictional "doctors" even supported draconian Chinese-style lockdowns. (From November 27: “Come on china! Stop protesting. I wish we had similar lockdown measures here.”) As Becker concluded, “Twitter’s manufacturing of a ‘COVID consensus’ by allowing fake accounts pushing misinformation to flourish, while suppressing experts who held scientifically valid positions, goes beyond editorial malpractice. It did immense damage to the medical profession by undermining the scientific method and the public policy process.”
RELATED: The Biden White House, particularly Andrew Slavitt, Biden’s COVID-19 “czar,” apparently took an active role in getting Facebook to censor people they didn’t like, including Tucker Carlson, who critically examined the push for people to get vaccinated after the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was temporarily paused out of concern about blood clots. This is the video they were having a cow over…
This story is coming out not as part of the “Twitter Files” but during the discovery phase of an ongoing lawsuit brought by the attorneys general of Louisiana and Missouri, who make the wild and crazy allegation that the Biden administration improperly worked with and pressured social media companies to suppress speech.
Documents unearthed for this lawsuit show that Facebook actually refused multiple calls to permanently delete Tucker’s video, even after the White House insinuated that their lack of cooperation had contributed to the January 6 riots. I am not kidding. Slavitt wrote darkly to an unidentified Facebook staffer that “...the last time we did this dance, it ended in an insurrection.”
I never imagined I’d be saying this, but Facebook deserves credit where it is due for refusing the government’s strong-arm tactics to get that video permanently removed. Details of what Slavitt referred to as “this dance” –- what many would call a dance with the devil –- are at the DAILY CALLER.