It all started in 2013 when Popular Science disabled its comment section. We laughed. Or, at least, I did. What a stupid idea for a major publication to declare “Comments can be bad for science. That’s why, here at PopularScience.com, we’re shutting them off.” As if science was some sort of fragile bird that needs affirmation to flourish in the cold, cruel world of the internet. It turns out that it wasn’t science that needed protecting, it was the “scientific” consensus that was being walled off from criticism or questioning.
Eight years later the poisonous fruit of the walled garden continues to infect science publications. Scientific American, the nation’s oldest weekly magazine, has been a proudly leftist pseudo-political rag for quite some time. They endorsed Joe Biden for President in 2020, for example, and they currently have an article headlined “Politicians Don’t Get to Use ‘Science’ to Oppose the Equality Act.” prominently displayed on their home page. But their latest declaration “We Are Living in a Climate Emergency, and We’re Going to Say So,” takes their bias to a new level.
After declaring that “13,000 scientists agree” that this is an emergency (because what’s more scientific than saying “everybody’s doing it, yo!”), Senior Editor Mark Fischetti sniffs “Journalism should reflect what science says: the climate emergency is here.” In a statement coordinated by Covering Climate Now, an activist project of the Columbia Journalism Review, Scientific American and several major newspapers declare that they will all use the same emergency language going forward. What prompted this call to action? Coverage of COVID-19.
The media’s response to COVID-19 provides a useful model. Guided by science, journalists have described the pandemic as an emergency, chronicled its devastating impacts, called out disinformation and told audiences how to protect themselves (with masks and social distancing, for example).
Got that? There isn’t a sentient being on Earth who thinks the media or the “science” got COVID coverage right. The response to COVID has been as devastating as the disease itself. We have been told to trust the experts, but the experts have lied to us from the very beginning about masks, about the efficacy of vaccines, and about herd immunity. The same “experts” who told us we couldn’t have funerals for our loved ones because of the virus praised last summer’s riots as being necessary and proper from a public health standpoint.
This is an open and direct call for conditioning and propaganda under the auspices of science. To push a radical, leftist agenda major newspapers are coordinating their messaging in order to scare the people into backing their preferred policies. And they’re not even trying to hide it! One look at some of the major players reinforces the one-sidedness of it all. The Guardian, The Nation, La Repubblica (Italy’s foremost leftist rag), and Al Jazeera are all pushing the mass coordination of the emergency narrative.
Science as we once knew it is dead. Cause of death: suicide.