Sen. Rand Paul was right, YouTube was wrong and now the Republican lawmaker is demanding an apology.
Last August, the video-sharing site suspended the Republican lawmaker’s account after he published a short video about the ineffectiveness of cloth masks as it pertains to stopping the transmission of the coronavirus.
“Saying cloth masks work, when they don’t, actually risks lives, as someone may choose to care for a loved one with COVID while only wearing a cloth mask. This is not only bad advice but also potentially deadly misinformation. Most of the masks you get over the counter don’t work. They don’t prevent infection,” he’d said in the video.
At the time a YouTube spokesperson told the media that Paul had violated the video-sharing site’s policies on COVID-19, which include a stipulation that so-called “misinformation,” such as “claims that masks do not play a role in preventing the contraction or transmission of COVID-19,” is prohibited.
To be clear, the senator never said that “masks do not play a role in preventing the contraction or transmission of COVID-19.” Nevertheless, YouTube chose to stick with its decision.
“This resulted in a first strike on the channel, which means it can’t upload content for a week, per our longstanding three strikes policy,” the spokesperson said.
“We apply our policies consistently across the platform, regardless of speaker or political views, and we make exceptions for videos that have additional context such as countervailing views from local health authorities.”
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) August 11, 2021
Months later, the so-called “health authorities” are now saying the exact same thing as Paul had said.
Last month CNN medical analyst Dr. Leana Wen said on national television that cloth masks are “little more than facial decoration.”
And now, even more damningly, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — the government “experts” — has cast aspersions on cloth masks.
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday clarified its stance on various kinds of masks, acknowledging that the cloth masks frequently worn by Americans do not offer as much protection as surgical masks or respirators,” The New York Times reported Friday.
While the CDC has stopped short of outright condemning cloth masks like Wen and other “experts,” its latest recommendations would have likely been considered a violation of YouTube’s COVID-19 policy only months earlier.
Sen. Paul was quick to take note of this in a searing tweet posted Saturday:
Does this mean snot-nosed censors at YouTube will come to my office and kiss my … and admit I was right?https://t.co/0BZ2HZHiZW
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) January 15, 2022
Referencing the CDC’s latest guidance as reported by the Times, the senator wrote, “Does this mean snot-nosed censors at YouTube will come to my office and kiss my … and admit I was right?”
YouTube’s behavior vis-a-vis masks is part of a larger pattern of left-wing organizations censoring conservatives whenever they state certain truths or theories that belie the preferred narrative of the Democrat Party — even when said truths or theories are backed by legitimate evidence.
This tendency has been especially prominent amid the coronavirus panic. So many current “expert” opinions are a near-verbatim copy of what previously censored conservative thinkers had said months and even years ago.
For instance, conservatives repeatedly faced censorship and insults for noting the connection between obesity and COVID hospitalization/death:
TWO…YEARS…@CNN has been calling y’all granny killers, toothless rednecks, morons and flat-earthers for TWO YEARS for saying this very thing. Take nothing these people say seriously. Not one damn thing. Never again. Act like they don’t exist. https://t.co/WAdw4ofN6P
— Kira (@RealKiraDavis) January 3, 2022
Didn’t they ban MTG for saying this? https://t.co/PfXP3J2Xky
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) January 4, 2022
— RSC (@RepublicanStudy) January 5, 2022
Last July, Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene was briefly suspended on Twitter for arguing that the government should combat COVID by focusing on “defeating obesity” versus focusing on making Americans get vaccinated.
At the time of Paul’s suspension one month later, he excoriated the “leftwing cretins at YouTube,” noting that his video had quoted “2 peer reviewed articles saying cloth masks don’t work.”
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) August 11, 2021
Meanwhile, left-wing organizations like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube have a history of allowing left-wingers to spout virtually any #BlueAnon conspiracy on their minds, from the Russian collusion delusion conspiracy theory and hoax, to the repeatedly debunked conspiracy about “voter suppression.”
Featured on YouTube, for instance, is every unhinged rant from racial grievance monger and suspected racist Joy Reid. This is apparently allowed …
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