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Why Is the Justice Department Bird-Dogging Public Universities’ Releases of Public Information?

The federal government is now tracking public universities’ release of public information involving federally funded science programs for “disinformation research” and bioweapons virus science. Both “disinformation research” and biodefense virus studies have come under increasing scrutiny from Congress and the public —“disinformation research” for helping the government censor Americans and bioweapons research for potentially causing the pandemic by funding dangerous gain-of-function virus studi

They Called Him “Crooked Cohen”

The COVID pandemic created some of the worst science writing in our lifetimes. Major media outlets failed at providing readers with accurate and balanced news across a host of issues, including vaccines, masks, lockdowns and how the virus likely began spreading through the human population.

It’s critical to call the news we read over the last four years “science writing” and not “reporting” because few science media outlets do any actual reporting. What science writers label “reporting’ is just

Publisher Taylor & Francis Joins Science Magazine As Venue For Sleazy Scientific Behavior

Four years ago this week, publisher Taylor & Francis released a commentary in their journal Emerging Microbes & Infections—the third most popular paper published by Taylor & Francis in 2020—that violated their own ethical policies and apparently flouted their own norms for peer review. What did it say?

It claimed people were spreading a “conspiracy theory” if they speculated whether the COVID pandemic started in a Wuhan lab

When emails later came to light exposing that this commentary was corr

Misinformation Researcher Sander van der Linden Caught Lying and Spreading Misinformation

Sander van der Linden's webpage at Cambridge University says he is an esteemed academic, with prior positions at Princeton and Yale, and has published studies on social influence misinformation, and fake news that place him among the top 1% of all social researchers and the top 2% across all of science.

Pretty much every major media outlet—the New York Times, BBC, CNN, The Economist, NPR, the Washington Post and NBC Nightly News—has interviewed van der Linden about his research, while his book

Florida Grand Jury Finds Average Citizens Aren’t Buying “Follow the Science” Propaganda on Masks and Social Distancing

I want to take some time to delve into the findings from a Florida grand jury that is looking into the pandemic’s response. There have been several lawsuits about the pandemic, and the UK has an ongoing COVID inquiry which I reported about briefly (COVID Inquiry Finds Lockdowns Were Terrible, While Reporters Call Bullshit on Government’s Lead Academic Advisor), but this grand jury in Florida has been mostly ignored.

The Florida Supreme Court empaneled a statewide grand jury on December 22, 2022

German Newspaper Forces Correction at Science Magazine, While Americans Ignore Study That Undermines Market Theory for Pandemic Origin

While American science writers continue to ignore new research that calls a study published by Science Magazine “flawed” and “invalid,” a German newspaper forced the journal to issue a correction to their study, authored by Arizona researcher Michael Worobey, that argued the COVID pandemic began in a wet market.

Science Magazine corrected the Worobey study last October, but the Frankfurter Allegemaine reported a couple weeks back that their reporters forced the correction after sending several

Science Magazine’s Paper Advocating Market Origin for COVID Based on False Statistics

Shortly after the pandemic’s beginning, a group of virologists allied with Anthony Fauci conspired to divert attention away from a possible lab accident in Wuhan, working together to publish essays that labeled such claims a “conspiracy theory.”

On February 19, 2020, EcoHealth Alliance’s Peter Daszak and Wellcome Trust’s Jeremy Farrar published a statement in The Lancet that claimed a possible Wuhan lab accident was a “conspiracy theory.” The statement did not disclose that Daszak was funding r

CDC Warns CDC’s Own Scientists That Their Finding on Masks “Is Not Scientifically Correct”

In a congressional hearing last November on restoring trust in science, CDC Director Mandy Cohen kept evading questions on whether she would bring back mask mandates for toddlers.

“We have a lot of different tools to protect our children,” Dr. Cohen said during her cagey response.

Six days later, a BMJ journal published a study that found “mask recommendations for children are not supported by scientific evidence.”

Director Cohen’s scientific bumbling continued last week as her agency began f

INVESTIGATION: CDC Upset Their Own Expert Advisers Not Recommending Masks, Demands They Recommend Masks

Who wants to die on a hill promoting the bumper sticker thesis that “masks work” to stop COVID and other respiratory viruses? Apparently, the CDC.

Two years back, the agency picked a bunch of science experts and asked them to update the agency’s scientific guidance to hospitals on how to control infections. Hospitals and government agencies use CDC guidance to set their own policies, but the guidance for controlling infections has not been updated since 2007.

Last November, the experts sent th

Fact Check True! Yes, Fauci Funded Research in Wuhan and Lied to Congress

The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent began scratching about like a cornered badger a week back when Elon Musk tweeted that the NIH’s Anthony Fauci should be prosecuted.

“In his attack, Musk flatly validated a big right-wing obsession,” Greg huffed, devoting an entire column to defend Fauci from a tweet. “The idea that Fauci was involved in U.S. government funding of controversial early research into covid, and lied to Congress about it.”

I really have no clue why this guy waded into a matter he

The Wuhan Road Show: Forming a Band, Virologists Toured Washington’s Backstreets

“I remember it very well,” the National Institutes of Health’s Anthony Fauci told USA Today last year, when asked about a secret Feb. 1, 2020 teleconference with virologists that he helped organize to discuss if the pandemic had started from a lab in Wuhan, China. According to internal NIH emails, Fauci had been informed before the teleconference that he funded research in Wuhan.

“I always had an open mind,” Fauci told the newspaper, “Even though I felt then, and still do, the most likely origi

Will the Biden Administration Investigate Evidence of Ghostwriting Involving Francis Collins and Anthony Fauci?

A recent batch of internal NIH emails suggests they did by providing “advice and leadership” on a widely cited paper that did not acknowledge their involvement and dismissed a possible virus research lab accident in China. The issue? Hiding an author’s contribution to a paper is ghostwriting or plagiarism to be handled by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Research Integrity (ORI), according to a 2011 letter signed by Collins, while Director of the NIH.

Following a 2010 repor

Weber Shandwick Provides PR for Moderna and Pfizer, While Staffing the CDC’s Vaccine Office

Early last month, CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky endorsed recommendations by the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for updated COVID-19 boosters from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.

“This recommendation followed a comprehensive scientific evaluation and robust scientific discussion,” Dr. Walensky said in a statement. “If you are eligible, there is no bad time to get your COVID-19 booster and I strongly encourage you to receive it.”

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