Sen. Ron Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin, stated last Friday that the censorship of information related to the coronavirus by the mainstream media, which has a clear leftist leaning, while it collaborated with the government is something worthy of our concern.
Making an appearance on “Spicer & Co.,” Johnson, who has been an advocate for more information concerning the COVID vaccine, stated that the censorship that has been happening is “Orwellian. This is big government turned into big brother. It’s affecting all of us. It’s jeopardizing and removing our freedom. We ought to be concerned.”
Johnson’s comments referenced disclosures Thursday by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, who said that the government is working with private companies such as social media platforms to flag posts related to COVID-19 that are spreading what she called “disinformation.”
“We are in regular touch with the social media platforms and those engagements typically happen through members of our senior staff and also members of our COVID-19 team — given as Dr. [Vivek] Murthy conveyed, this is a big issue, of misinformation, specifically on the pandemic,” she stated while delivering the daily White House press briefing.
“We’ve increased disinformation research and tracking within the Surgeon General’s Office. We are flagging problematic posts for Facebook that spread disinformation. It’s important to take faster action against harmful posts … and Facebook needs to move more quickly to remove harmful violative posts,” Psaki continued.
Johnson’s rebuke of the White House and its latest actions are only the latest tussle the senator has had with government agencies and media, who have restricted or outright banned him for his stances on COVID-related issues. His suggestion to allow doctors to use hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for the ailment received countless criticism, particularly from media outlets, despite some studies that said it showed a benefit.
”We found that when the cumulative doses of two drugs, HCQ and AZM, were above a certain level, patients had a survival rate 2.9 times the other patients,” a studyrecently published by medRxiv went on to state.
Censorship of any kind is bad news. We need to have a truly free press, a group of individuals who are dedicated to providing the American people with all of the facts regarding the COVID-19 pandemic without being beholden to political narratives, simply equipping us with the information we need to make our own decisions about keeping ourselves safe and healthy.