“Why can you say this on CNN or PBS but not YouTube?”
YouTube suspended Rand Paul for questioning the efficacy of face masks despite the fact that the Senator’s comments were virtually identical to those made by Biden’s former COVID adviser Dr. Michael Osterholm on CNN just a week ago.
As we highlighted earlier, Paul has been blocked from uploading to YouTube for a week and his entire channel faces possible deletion after the Google-owned company claimed the Senator had again violated its “COVID misinformation” policy.
The Senator’s speech crime was to cite two scientific studies that prove cloth masks have no substantial effect on halting the spread of coronaviruses.
“Saying cloth masks work, when they don’t, actually risks lives, as someone may choose to care for a loved one with COVID while only wearing a cloth mask. This is not only bad advice but also potentially deadly misinformation,” Paul said in the video removed by YouTube.
However, as journalist Glenn Greenwald points out today, Joe Biden’s former COVID adviser, the epidemiologist Michael Osterholm, told CNN virtually the same thing just last week.
Speaking about cloth masks, Osterholm said, “They actually only have very little impact in reducing the amount of virus that you inhale or exhale out.”
Osterholm went on to express his disappointment at public health officials improperly informing the American public about the efficacy of masks.
“Here’s Dr. Osterholm on CNN saying exactly the same thing that @RandPaul just got suspended from YouTube for saying: that cloth masks, as opposed to N95s, provide very, very little protection. Why can you say this on CNN or PBS but not YouTube????” asked Greenwald.
Greenwald noted how the deplatforming of Alex Jones back in 2018 has now led to a situation “where almost no dissent is allowed.”
“Just look at the number of liberals cheering and justifying YouTube’s suspension of Rand Paul for his comments on masks — ones echoed by Biden’s own former COVID adviser — and you’ll see why this faction is completely authoritarian,” said Greenwald. “They crave corporate speech policing.”
Numerous top public health officials have also pointed out that face masks are largely useless, including Dr. Anthony Fauci himself.
In a February 2020 email, Fauci wrote that a typical store-bought face mask “is not really effective in keeping out virus, which is small enough to pass through material.”
As previously highlighted, Dr Colin Axon, a SAGE advisor for the UK government, dismissed face masks as “comfort blankets” that do virtually nothing, noting that the COVID-19 virus particle is up to 5,000 times smaller than the holes in the mask.
“The small sizes are not easily understood but an imperfect analogy would be to imagine marbles fired at builders’ scaffolding, some might hit a pole and rebound, but obviously most will fly through,” Axon said.
A peer reviewed study involving 6,000 participants in Denmark revealed that “there was no statistically significant difference between those who wore masks and those who did not when it came to being infected by Covid-19,” the Spectator reported.