Douglas Murray, writing in today’s Telegraph, claims that the failure of the broadcast media and the BBC in particular, to challenge the government on the legitimacy or necessity of the lockdown, is a scandal. Bravo Douglas. It’s a scandal alright but it’s also far far worse than that. Murray writes:
“…the BBC’s reporting has filled that narrow gap between what the proponents of lockdowns are demanding and what fresh restrictions the Government is prepared to accept. The broadcasters have joined in the denunciations of the public as irresponsible. They report on the scale of the health crisis, but almost never on the scale of the sacrifices in liberties lost, educations trashed, businesses driven to bankruptcy, and futures ruined by the corresponding lockdown measures.”
He’s right. The media has never demanded of the government, any proof that lockdowns won’t cost more lives in the long run, than they save. He’s also right in claiming that all the media does is demand more lockdowns or harangue ministers for not locking down sooner. It’s a disgrace. I struggle with it daily. When running around Media City Salford as I do on occasion, I look at the BBC and ITV buildings and think to myself, this place is an industrial estate of fake news factories.
Let me share with you some facts that are well known to the producers, editors and presenters at the BBC. Game-changing facts. Life-changing facts. But at the beeb, they close their eyes and place their fingers in their ears. See no evil, hear no evil I suppose. By refusing to report on and debate these facts (God I’m beginning to sound like Rafa Benitez), journalists are failing utterly in their responsibility to you and me, that is to hold power to account. This government is committing crimes against its own people. The BBC is an accessory after the fact.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) last week issued an astonishing directive. It said that when an asymptomatic person tests positive for Covid after taking a PCR test, the result should not be trusted and the person should be retested. The WHO document also said that lab technicians should NOT use a PCR cycle threshold of more than 30. The NHS uses a PCR cycle threshold of 40. In essence the WHO said don’t trust the tests and reduce the cycle threshold. This alone destroys the claim that we are in the grip of a pandemic and proves what we have known all along, that most people who test positive after a PCR test, do not have Covid-19! The BBC ignored it. Don’t think or imagine that they are unaware of the WHO decree. They are complicit in hiding it from you.
Every morning, BBC TV and radio shows report on the imminent collapse of the NHS, overflowing hospitals and a shortage of ICU beds. Interviewees who say we should obey the rules to protect the sacred NHS are never challenged. The BBC is well aware (and I have reported this on the radio show), that in the last thirty years NHS bed capacity has been halved due to repeated cuts, and that the numbers of doctors and nurses has decreased too. Worse still, thousands of medical staff are sent home to isolate, when they produce a positive PCR test, even though there is nothing wrong with them. The BBC knows this. It knows that Covid has nothing to do with the pressure on hospitals this Winter. It happens every Winter.
And finally the BBC knows that there are thousands of doctors, epidemiologists, virologists and biologists, who have claimed that lockdowns do far more harm than good and should be ended immediately. Some of them have appeared on my radio show. Sucharit Bhakdi, Martin Kulldorff and Professor Dolores Cahill to name three. That the BBC knows of the existence of these preeminent scientists, yet bars them from the airwaves isn’t a scandal. It’s a crime. And the great irony is of course that the BBC appointed its first ever “disinformation reporter” last year. Her name is Marianna Spring. She never has to leave the office.