There has been a noteworthy shift in how many corporate media juggernauts are handling Covid-19, the vaccines, and the disastrous policies on both that have brought us to the brink of destruction as a nation. Now, the NY Times and their resident faux-conservative columnist, Bret Stephens, has definitively declared what many of us have known for three years.
Face masks don’t work. No, not even the highly touted N95 masks. The mandates were and are a part of the tyrannical plan by the powers-that-be.
Christina Pushaw, a top-level staffer for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s election team, highlighted the NY Times article and their too-little, too-late conclusions.
The author of the article, Stephens, has been trying to claw his way back into favor with the right while simultaneously pandering to the left for years. Even the “revelation” that mask mandates did nothing is only newsworthy because it’s on the ultra-woke vaxx-nanny publication’s site. The information in the article itself is only relevant to those who didn’t know the facts about face masks before.
Despite the constantly emerging knowledge about Covid-19 and the inefficacy of face masks, lockdowns, and vaccines, Stephens does not believe anything at an official level is going to change. According to his article:
No study — or study of studies — is ever perfect. Science is never absolutely settled. What’s more, the analysis does not prove that proper masks, properly worn, had no benefit at an individual level. People may have good personal reasons to wear masks, and they may have the discipline to wear them consistently. Their choices are their own.
But when it comes to the population-level benefits of masking, the verdict is in: Mask mandates were a bust. Those skeptics who were furiously mocked as cranks and occasionally censored as “misinformers” for opposing mandates were right. The mainstream experts and pundits who supported mandates were wrong. In a better world, it would behoove the latter group to acknowledge their error, along with its considerable physical, psychological, pedagogical and political costs.
Don’t count on it. In congressional testimony this month, Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, called into question the Cochrane analysis’s reliance on a small number of Covid-specific randomized controlled trials and insisted that her agency’s guidance on masking in schools wouldn’t change. If she ever wonders why respect for the C.D.C. keeps falling, she could look to herself, and resign, and leave it to someone else to reorganize her agency.
That, too, probably won’t happen: We no longer live in a culture in which resignation is seen as the honorable course for public officials who fail in their jobs.
Don’t expect apologies from mask-tyrants now that the facts are emerging. In fact, don’t expect anything at all. They’ll never full admit they were wrong or we were right. They’ll just continue to delude themselves about the need to trust Big Pharma, corporate media, and government.