(Tony Sifert, Headline USA) “Sensing political calamity” in 2022, the Biden administration and its supporters in the media and health establishment are making an “abrupt” transition on COVID policy, according to Revolver News.
“The old stalwarts of Covid hysteria” — Anthony Fauci, CDC director Rochelle Walensky, Dr. Leana Wen, and CNN host Jake Tapper, among others — are now saying what just yesterday would have constituted misinformation requiring immediate cancellation, Revolver reported.
While a change in policy on schools reopening is the most glaring, among the reversals is a first serious look at ivermectin, the supposed “horse de-wormer” that was made the subject of innumerable sneering anti-Trump articles and political advertisements.
Use of the drug has been discouraged by the FDA and Fauci, allegedly for a lack of evidence regarding its effectiveness.
The Raleigh News & Observer reported, however, that Duke University has quietly been conducting a study of the “controversial” drug since last summer.
“Earlier studies of ivermectin suggest it decreases reproduction of the coronavirus in the lab, but data from its use in humans was either inconclusive or incomplete,” the News & Observer reported.
Fauci himself mentioned the study in a press briefing on Jan. 12, suggesting the possibility that “a good trial” could justify the use of ivermectin, along with other “repurposed drugs” like fluvoxamine and fluticasone.
What accounts for this change in tone, with Fauci blandly listing a drug he once called “toxic” among possibly effective COVID treatments?
At Revolver, Darren Beattie argues that the Left is worried about ordinary Americans’ increasing lack of trust in the “expertise” of our elite.
Regular folk have now realized that “one can spread ‘misinformation’ by believing the official narrative just a couple weeks too long, or a couple weeks too early,” Beattie wrote.
Therefore, the elite now uses “misinformation” to mean — not lies or errors or misunderstandings — but “anything that contradicts the specific emphasis from official sources at this very moment.”
“The push to demonize misinformation is therefore a push to consolidate all narrative control in the hands of a few regime-approved (and regime-compliant) institutions,” Beattie concluded.
The World Economic Forum’s Great Narrative Conference: “The good news is the elite across the world trust each other more and more… the bad news is that the majority of people trusted that elite less…” pic.twitter.com/c4I4zlew1p
— James Lindsay, watching narratives crumble (@ConceptualJames) January 21, 2022
In related news, the ACLU of Arkansas has filed a lawsuit against an Arkansas prison for using ivermectin to treat prisoners with COVID symptoms.