The media handled this poorly but I think the even worse performance is in scientific and health policy institutions, which showed an even more stifling ideological monoculture than the press did.
You could see this in, for example, the ACIP proposal not to recommend an age-based approach to vaccine phasing, even though it would save more lives, because of “equity” concerns. Whatever woke nonsense is ongoing in press is much farther along in the health bureaucracy.
And then you had the bullshit about how, because ACIP hadn’t finalized the recommendation, it was improper to discuss it or something. Total “shut up, they explained” nonsense.
Actually the worst example was when public health academics decided to say en masse that gathering in groups last June was okay if it was done for the right political purposes, because pursuing a liberal policy agenda *is* public health.
Why would people “trust the science and listen to the experts” when the scientific experts keep smuggling their non-expert political and moral views into their guidance? Scientists who are mad the public doesn’t trust them should tell colleagues to stop discrediting their fields.
This letter from last June is so embarrassing — because it goes against the guidance these same experts gave about all other activity at the time.…

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