The Covid Narrative Shift Goes Hermatile This Week
The usual suspects are getting on board the new narrative
The CDC Director went on Fox News Sunday and confirmed the narrative shift is underway.
She corrected Supreme Court Justices who fed a truckload of BS about Covid from the bench on Friday.
She announced the CDC would follow New York State’s example by segregating case, hospitalization, ICU, and death data according to with Covid (incidental) and because of Covid (consequential).
The CDC could have made this important distinction about Covid cases from day one. They didn’t. They obfuscated and lied. But they’re shifting now. Why?
Before we try to explain why, check out this tweet further indicating the narrative shift:
The major European media all carry headlines that would have gotten editors sacked only a month ago. Each of these stories was considered “disinformation” or “conspiracy theory” in December 2021. Yet, in January 2022, these are the new talking points. Why?
I think there are two big factors forcing the narrative shift, one of which I’ve already expressed: the 2022 elections.
Unless Congress manages to permanently rig elections with HR1 (about which more later this week), Democrats could lose 60 or more House seats as well as control of the Senate, where Republicans need only one net gain to take control.
Democrats and Joe Biden now own the Covid pandemic in most Americans’ minds. Unlike President Trump who had to fight hostile Democrats in Congress, the CDC, the NIH, and the media, Biden and the Democrats have been allowed to do whatever they want for a year.
One year after Democrats took total control of the federal government, America is setting daily all-time records for Covid cases and hospitalizations:
In other words, right or wrong, the American public believes everything Biden has done has only made the problem worse. There’s no hidin’ Mount Biden.
But there’s something else at play here, too: information availability. Specifically, three kinds of information that reach the consciousness of ordinary Americans in large numbers:
Everyone knows at least two fully vaccinated, careful people who have gotten Covid, anyway.
Everyone knows someone or of someone who’s been injured by Covid vaccines.
Everyone know of a celebrity or athlete who has suffered a vaccine injury.
These personal experiences tend to break through confirmation bias and hypnosis, forcing even card-carrying Branch Civilians to open up to counter narratives.
For example, I work with a few people have been vaccine zealots for a year now. They trumpeted their vaccinations in March. They pushed for everyone they know to get vaccinated. They repeated the CDC’s mantras verbatim: “Safe and effective.” “If you’re vaccinated, you won’t catch or transmit Covid.”
Last week, I heard one of them ask, “why didn’t they work on treatments sooner?” Just three months ago, the same person said, “there are no effective early treatments for Covid” like a Stepford Wife.
My hunch is that these vaccine sycophants realized that they had been lied to and that their reputation is at stake for having repeated those lies.
They bought the narrative (advertising claims) about the vaccines hook, line, and sinker. They staked their personal reputations on the efficacy and safety of the vaccines. They were advocates promising the vaccine would free family and friends from masks and isolation. “You can hug your grandmother again.”
You can’t really blame them, though. Most people have never considered the possibility of the FDA and CDC and NIH being wrong. People who get all their information from mainstream “approved” media believe the CDC is close to perfect. Only skeptics like me question authority on everything, and too many skeptics in one society would lead to anarchy. (The right kind of diversity is essential.)
When accepted authorities are caught in a big lie, though, things change. And things are changing.
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