by Dr. Joseph Mercola
Draconian COVID measures ruined the lives of millions of
lower- and middle-class Americans while lining the
pockets of the liberal cabal, and those who spoke the
truth were punished rather than lauded for their reason
the tide is starting to shift. Recent polling shows 49%
of Americans believe the COVID shots may be responsible
for the massive rise in sudden deaths and 28% say they
know someone they believe was killed by the shots
early November 2022, The Atlantic published an article
by Brown University economist Emily Oster, who suggested
COVID dictators be granted “amnesty” for their mistaken
beliefs about COVID-19. It failed miserably, as just
about everyone saw through her ill-conceived arguments
January 30, 2023, medical student Kevin Bass followed in
Oster’s footsteps, penning an opinion piece for Newsweek
in which he urges the scientific community to “admit we
were wrong about COVID and it cost lives”
Communications analysts agree Bass’ essay is another
manipulative effort to overcome public distrust in
In The Hill video at
bottom page, Batya Ungar-Sargon reviews how draconian COVID measures ruined the lives of millions of lower- and
middle-class Americans while lining the pockets of the liberal
Indeed, the cost of the COVID measures were definitely not
born equally by all.
Moreover, those who spoke
the truth were punished rather than lauded for their reason.
Now, the tide is starting to shift. Recent polling shows 49% of
Americans believe the COVID shots may be responsible for the massive
rise in sudden deaths and 28% say they know someone they believe was
killed by the shots. 1
With half the country now questioning the shots, the propagandists
surely have their work cut out for them.
Perhaps some of them are
realizing it's now a losing battle and they need an escape plan, a
new narrative to salvage what little public trust is left.
Calls for Amnesty Are Just More Propaganda
Cartoonist Anne Gibbons
the nail on the head!
Back in early November 2022, The Atlantic published an article by
Brown University economist Emily Oster (COVID
Dictators Plead for Amnesty), 2 who suggested COVID
dictators be granted "amnesty" for their mistaken beliefs about
"We need to forgive
one another for what we did and said when we were in the dark
about COVID," she wrote.
Her arguments were so
ill-conceived, most of those who read it answered with colorful
variations of "Not a chance"...
January 30, 2023, medical student Kevin Bass followed in
Oster's footsteps, penning an opinion piece for Newsweek in which he
urges the scientific community to "admit we were wrong about COVID
and it cost lives": 3
supported the efforts of the public health authorities when it
came to COVID-19.
I believed that the
authorities responded to the largest public health crisis of our
lives with compassion, diligence, and scientific expertise. I
was with them when they called for lockdowns, vaccines, and
boosters. I was wrong.
We in the scientific
community were wrong. And it cost lives.
I can see now that the scientific community from the CDC to the
WHO to the FDA and their representatives, repeatedly overstated
the evidence and misled the public about its own views and
policies, including on natural vs. artificial immunity, school
closures and disease transmission, aerosol spread, mask
mandates, and vaccine effectiveness and safety, especially among
All of these were scientific mistakes at the time, not in
hindsight... Our emotional response and ingrained partisanship
prevented us from seeing the full impact of our actions on the
people we are supposed to serve.
We systematically minimized the downsides of the interventions
we imposed - imposed without the input, consent, and recognition
of those forced to live with them. In so doing, we violated the
autonomy of those who would be most negatively impacted by our
the poor, the
working class, small business owners, Blacks and Latinos,
Most of us did not
speak up in support of alternative views, and many of us tried
to suppress them...
But the scorn that we
laid on them was a disaster for public trust in the pandemic
Lauds Bass' Honesty
February 4, 2023, Fox News host Tucker Carlson invited Bass
onto his show to discuss his apparently newfound humility.
But while Carlson and a
majority of Bass' Twitter followers applauded his "honesty," many
scientists and doctors who have been defamed, censored and fired for
speaking truth right from the start are none too impressed.
Bass Wipes His
Curiously, Bass seems to have predicted trouble, as he wiped his
Twitter account clean three days before his Newsweek piece was
Could one potential reason for wiping his Twitter history be that it
revealed some of his long-held stances on even more unpopular topics
than lockdowns and the COVID jabs?
For example, Bass is
apparently a fan of eugenics, as evidenced in a couple of tweets
highlighted by Dr. Meryl Nass: 4
Early Truth Tellers
Reject Bass' Belated Awakening
Paul E. Alexander, a Canadian health researcher and former
Trump administration official at the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services, wrote a scathing critique 5 of Bass' performance on
Tucker Carlson's show, referring to him as a spineless grifter
trying to separate himself from the COVID tyrants as proof of their
"This Bass guy is
delusional to compare himself to... esteemed real warriors and
fighters," Alexander writes.
"The frauds, the
grifters, benefitted on the upside joining in on the lockdown
lunacy and being incentivized and making money, now wanting to
benefit on the downside too. Filth...
This is the ultimate grifter, ultimate, grifting off of fame,
this Bass guy, was never interested in the harms and pain and
suffering from the lockdown lunacy and the vaccines, now
stealing air time after having blood on his hands, his and his
buddies, his doctor buddies and academic scientists...
[F]or as you see, Kev was all too happy and joined in, and he
wrote this, when Atlas, Kulldorff, Breggin, me, Jeff Tucker,
McCullough, Ladapo, Wolf, Risch and us freedom fighters, us
contrarians, us skeptics, all of us, were scorned and smeared
and cancelled, income taken etc...."
Indeed, while Bass now
presents himself as a courageous truth teller, he's still scornful
of the original truth tellers - the very ones he admitted were
correct from the start and were unfairly castigated and excluded
from the decision-making process.
As recently as February 4, 2023, Bass blew them off en masse as
being "no good."
His dismissal of the
Stockholm conference as a whole - during which scientists and
doctors from around the world reviewed the very mistakes he admitted
to in his Newsweek "apology" - also raises questions about his
Dr. Pierre Kory - who got fired for standing firm on early
treatment for COVID-19 and now treats post-jab injuries and long-COVID
in private practice - initially welcomed Bass' apology, but quickly
changed his mind after reading a more in-depth analysis by
author, A Midwestern Doctor.
Kory writes: 6
"Although I have been
describing myself of late as an 'expert' in spotting COVID
Disinformation and propaganda tactics, this week I discovered
that I, along with many others, got fooled by the above Newsweek
article, naively thinking it as representative of the genuine
reflecting of a bold medical student...
A Midwestern Doctor saw the article for exactly what is
was - yet another lame attempt at a 'plea for amnesty' by those
The decision to use a
medical student as an author of this 'Oster 2.0' article was
ingenious and was one way in which I got suckered by it.
The other reason is that, the tactics used in the article were
much more nuanced than in Oster's piece and thus required a
close reading, especially to the actual words/language used and
the intent behind their use...
If you are like me and thought Newsweek's decision to publish an
article like that was a genuine reflection of changing sentiment
among not only the scientific community but also political and
industry leadership, then please read [A Midwestern Doctor's]
It wasn't. At all...
We are still getting
played, but, at the same time, I think the decision to publish
that article shows they are getting desperate."
Bass' Plea for Amnesty
In his February 3, 2023, analysis, A Midwestern Doctor
"In Oster's plea for
amnesty, I felt she was providing an excellent example of a
pseudo-apology 8 - she 'asked for forgiveness' but simultaneously
refused to admit she was in any way at fault for any of her
previous actions, and used a variety of linguistic constructs to
try to both have her cake and eat it too...
I believe the goal of [Bass'] piece is to test out soundbites
that could be used to address the major issues that the medical
establishment has created for itself as a result of how it
Because of how much things have changed in the last three
months, we are now in the position to ask for a lot more than
before, which is why a much more candid apology is being given.
However, since there
is a lot more nuance here than in Oster's (as this one attempts
to be more persuasive), I felt compelled to place Oster 2.0
under a microscope."
The Substack author then
goes on to list a series of screenshots from Bass' article with
commentary in red.
To start off, in saying,
"I was wrong. We in
the scientific community were wrong. And it cost lives",
...Bass explicitly gave
Oster's critics what they asked for.
A direct admission that
they were wrong.
He also addressed a central objection to
Oster's non-apology by
"All of these were
scientific mistakes at the time, not in hindsight."
In sharp contrast, Oster
argued that COVID tyrants ought to be forgiven because they didn't
know any better; at the time, nobody knew what was best and everyone
was basically just guessing.
This argument was one of
the most egregious lies in Oster's piece, and Bass wisely avoids
making the same mistake.
Thirdly, Bass admits that the errors committed by the scientific
community continue to this day. By addressing these three issues, it
almost seems like Bass' apology was customized to correct Oster's
utterly failed attempt to appease those wronged.
Bass does not specify how erroneous COVID policies killed "thousands
if not millions" of people, thereby side-stepping the elephant in
the room that is the COVID jabs.
An Attempt to
Minimize Vaccine Pusher Losses?
The following section was highlighted by A Midwestern Doctor
as one of the central passages that make him doubt Bass' sincerity:
passage is why I do not believe this is a genuine apology;
rather, it's a forced apology and an attempt to minimize the
losses of the vaccine pushers who have discredited themselves to
the general public.
Throughout this essay, he attempts to say we had 'valid
concerns' (that I must emphasize were not political in nature)
but nonetheless, in a backhanded way dismisses all the actual
objections (e.g., the alleged 'conspiracy theories' that all
proved themselves true).
Similarly, to help people who have been injured by their
vaccine, I have been forced into the very 'cottage industry' he
lambasts. This is not my preferred 'cottage industry' to be in.
Due to the political nature of the subject, you take on a lot of
professional risk as a physician if you try to treat these
Everyone I've talked
to says the same thing: we've been forced to do it because the
medical profession is doing nothing to help these victims (other
than to gaslight them), and they really need help...
[L]et's look at the
actual reason I believe this Newsweek article was written:
...[T]here are a lot of signs that because of COVID-19, general
vaccine use is beginning to drop globally.
This is completely
unacceptable to the pharmaceutical industry and medical
establishment (as it will cost them a lot of money and create a
control group that allows the public to recognize the harm of
Because of this drop, I am beginning to see pleas essentially
'we are sorry we
messed up here, but please trust us on the other vaccines.'
I do not believe they
should be allowed to have their cake and eat it here...
[I]f you believe in vaccination, then you must also believe in
natural immunity. However, that doesn't sell products, so a lot
of rationalizations must be made to only permit vaccination.
As we have seen
throughout the pandemic, natural immunity to COVID-19 is vastly
superior to vaccine immunity (even though earlier in the
pandemic we were repeatedly told the opposite by every
More importantly, developing natural immunity is also much
safer. This is especially true if you use reasonable measures to
mitigate the severity of the infection so that it can be cleared
up and full immunity develops naturally.
If we want to move forward, the medical community must be
willing to recognize that their rules on viral infections are
beliefs that need to be critically re-evaluated...
If you look at this article within the context of Oster's
previous plea and its response (both of these articles are
essentially trying to do the same thing), I believe a strong
case can be made that these were tests to see what narrative
needs to be pivoted to.
Likewise, Germany's minister of health (and a
well-credentialed scientist) finally made a
limited apology 10
for the disastrous policies he pushed on the German people
without acknowledging the worst mistakes while simultaneously
shifting the blame for his decisions to unnamed scientists who
gave him bad advice...
In my own opinion, if these people are actually sorry for what
they did to us, they would be willing to relinquish some of
their power so it could not happen again, and I believe moving
forward it is critical for us to hold them to that.
Anything less should
not be considered acceptable for them to be granted amnesty."
ZeroHedge weighed in on Bass' essay, noting that the major
problem during the pandemic was: 11
antagonism and censorship against anyone presenting data that
was contradictory to the mandate agenda... LA Times... argued
that mocking the deaths of 'anti-vaxxers' might be necessary and
After two years of
this type of arrogant nonsense it's hard to imagine people will
be willing to pretend as if all is well... People are still
One cannot help but notice that the timing of the Atlantic's
appeal for passive forgetfulness and now this op-ed mea culpa
coincides with the swiftly approaching end of the COVID
emergency declarations, amid a growing political backlash to the
last two years of meaningless lockdowns and mandates, and
Democrats were instrumental in the implementation of both.
A large swath of the population sees one party as the cause of
much of their COVID era strife.
mainstream media is suddenly realizing that they may have to
face some payback for their COVID zealotry?"
Pawns Are a Dime a Dozen
While we cannot prove Bass is insincere, since we're not inside his
head, many have pointed out troubling telltale signs that suggest
he's just another pawn of the globalists who engineered this
situation for their own benefit and now realize the train is veering
off their well-laid tracks.
They're trying to figure out how to regain people's trust because,
without it, finalizing the implementation of The Great Reset will be
far more problematic than if people follow their lead and do as
Bass does little
to rehabilitate public trust
in the medical
and scientific fields,
At the end of the day, the globalists fear losing the power they've
managed to seize, and they are absolutely not willing to do what
A Midwestern Doctor suggests, which is relinquish their powers
and put laws in place that will prevent this kind of tyrannical
overreach from happening in the future.
So, the best thing that can happen for humanity at this point is for
everyone to completely lose faith in and respect for the
institutions that further the globalist takeover agenda.
They pose a direct threat
to mankind as a whole, and they've long since lost their right to
"benefit of the doubt."
They all need to be
In the final analysis, then, Bass does little to rehabilitate public
trust in the medical and scientific fields, or "authorities" in
general, especially government authorities. His effort is a valiant
one, and far more refined than Oster's, but it still falls short.
Bass simply isn't
believable and comes across as two-faced at best when you take into
account his other communications, such as comments made on Twitter -
and that's after sanitizing his feed.
Purpose of Bass' Essay
In closing, here are a few select quotes from Sarah Reynolds'
insightful critique of Bass' op-ed: 12
"Nowhere in the piece
does Bass say the vaccine mandates were unethical or immoral.
Not once does he say
the lockdowns should not have taken place... 'I was wrong' is a
sham apology in this case because he never specifies what he was
He dips a toe in the waters of taking responsibility, saying,
Antony Fauci opposed Trump and became the hero of the
public health community, we gave him our support to do and
say what he wanted, even when he was wrong.'
Ok, Kevin - but when
was he wrong? Which actions did he take that were incorrect?
Kevin doesn't say.
What he does say is horrifying enough though, God help me and
for writing this is simple: It's clear to me that for public
trust to be restored in science, scientists should publicly
discuss what went right and what went wrong during the
pandemic, and where we could have done better.'
Guess how many times
the words trust or distrust appear in the piece?
1. "Trump was not
remotely perfect, nor were the academic critics of consensus
policy. But the scorn that we laid on them was a disaster
for public trust in the pandemic response."
2. (And 3.) "Instead, we have witnessed a massive and
ongoing loss of life in America due to distrust of vaccines
and the healthcare system... a massive loss of trust in
healthcare, science, scientific authorities, and political
leaders more broadly."
4. "...for public trust to be restored in science, scientists
should publicly discuss what went right and what went wrong
during the pandemic, and where we could have done better."
5. "Intellectual elitism, credentialism, and classism must
end. Restoring trust in public health - and our democracy -
depends on it."
Trust is such a
sticky word... It drips guile. It oozes manipulation.
As soon as someone
says 'trust me,' I know it would probably be wise not to...
Last February, almost a year ago now, the Department of Homeland
Security issued a call for 'trusting the authorities' and
literally labelled those who don't as,
seeking to exacerbate societal friction to sow discord and
undermine public trust in government institutions.'
Which leads me to my
bottom line analysis:
powers that be' are Monday morning
Why didn't people
just do what we said and obediently comply?
Because they don't
trust us. If they trusted the media, the government, and
scientists, they would do what they were told...
Bass is the puppet they've sent out to deliver this narrative...
[T]he only reason one Monday morning quarterbacks is so that one
can win the next game. They want to identify how better to
induce compliance for the next pandemic...
The degree of lack of awareness of reality itself that was
required to think that this message would work to shift the
narrative could be attributed to a few of things - youth,
inexperience, low IQ... So GOOD.
It means we're
dealing with weakness. All we have to do is be stronger
(smarter, more experienced, braver) and we will win.
We will continue to
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