By Jefferey Jaxen

While the holidays were in full swing, a pivot happened. It shook up the media and information sharing landscape. 

The movement towards open debate sans censorship has been in full swing for arguably years. But with just a few simple events, there’s now a sense that things have finally reached the veritable “tipping point.” The playing field has likely changed forever and we aren’t going back. 

Cardiologist Dr. Peter McCullough has been a public voice of data-driven reason in the (mostly alt-) media platforms throughout the pandemic. Since his early appearance on The HighWire, Dr. McCullough has blossomed in the broader public eye, delivering concise scientific interpretation of the available science. 

Dr. McCullough has provided a focused assessment of the pandemic landscape for more than a year. He also happens to be one of America’s leading physicians on evidence-based early treatment of COVID-19. His protocols and scientific publications have been relied upon to help millions globally. 

For the Big Tech censors still trying to online gate-keep the online medical and health information landscape, blatantly striving to shut down debate, Dr. McCullough and his information often ran counter to the simplistic and diluted ‘one-size-fits-all,’ ‘safe and effective’ talking points repeated ad nauseam, by regime-approved media medicine men (and women) not fit to carry the good doctor’s stethoscope. 

Dr. McCullough recently appeared on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast on Spotify. He shared his concern about the lack, and often active denial, of early treatment protocols from local doctors to major medical institutions – all paralyzed in the face of a coming experimental vaccine. 

The timing was perfect. His concerns reverberated through Rogan’s listeners of that interview—now in the tens of millions—and quickly amplified the nation’s concern. Dr. McCullough claimed that as many as 85% of COVID-19 deaths could have been prevented had early treatments been more thoroughly embraced by healthcare providers…but they weren’t. Now, many are filing this inaction in the category of crimes against humanity. 

But it wasn’t a conspiracy right? 

The Great Barrington Declaration is now approaching one million signatures of concerned citizens, medical & public health scientists and medical practitioners. It was written by Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, Dr. Sunetra Gupta and Dr. Martin Kulldorff in the early days of October 2020. 

The Declaration warned that sweeping lockdowns, contact tracing and isolation imposed enormous unnecessary health costs on people. It also warned that such unscientific restrictions would force children, the working class and the poor to carry the heaviest burden. The authors predicted that in the long run, the current trajectory of myopic, one-size-fits-all lockdowns and restriction measures will lead to higher COVID and non-COVID mortality than the focused protection plan they called for in the Declaration

History now shows it did. And it still is. The authors were right, every step of the way.

Much like early treatment protocols, the Declaration’s strategies were not only ignored, they were actively attacked. 

Also dropping during the holiday were internal emails obtained via the Freedom of Information Act by the American Institute for Economic Research. These explosive emails chronicled correspondence between former National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins and Dr. Tony Fauci. They revealed an ugly, un-American underbelly of government bureaucrats colluding to censor competing ideas, debate and actions that sought to help battle the virus during the early days of the pandemic. 

“This proposal from the three fringe epidemiologists . . . seems to be getting a lot of attention – and even a co-signature from Nobel Prize winner Mike Leavitt at Stanford. There needs to be a quick and devastating published take down of its premises,” Dr. Collins wrote. “Is it underway?”

Reporting on the emails, The Wall Street Journal wrote

These researchers weren’t fringe and neither was their opposition to quarantining society. But in the panic over the virus, these two voices of science used their authority to stigmatize dissenters and crush debate. A week after his email, Dr. Collins spoke to the Washington Post about the Great Barrington Declaration. “This is a fringe component of epidemiology,” he said. “This is not mainstream science. It’s dangerous.” His message spread and the alternative strategy was dismissed in most precincts.

As public trust for Fauci, Collins and institutions like the CDC and FDA were rapidly evaporating; these new emails spelled doom. Any last shred of integrity was ripped asunder, even as a fed-up America was being told to trust the experts yet again and brace for more unscientific lockdowns, vaccine passports and boosters—despite simultaneous studies and global data showing that now the vaccinated were driving the cases!

Next up: Dr. Robert Malone. Dr. Malone is an internationally recognized vaccine researcher who has authored dozens of scientific papers and is credited as being a key contributor to the invention of mRNA technology deployed in some of the current COVID vaccines. On December 29, 2021 Twitter suspended his account without warning or explanation.  

Unfortunately for Big Tech censors, Dr. Malone also had a date with Joe Rogan to appear on his podcast just days after Twitter made its move to censor him. 

Like Dr. McCullough, Dr. Malone’s interview tipped the scales. It  garnered millions of listeners, thanks in part to the now diminishing returns of Big Tech censorship efforts. Many had never even heard of Malone, or Rogan for that matter…but the buzz created by Twitter’s actions created all the hype needed for a blockbuster breakout media event. 

In a futile effort to stifle the zeitgeist, YouTube attempted to hinder Malone’s now viral interview by removing the episode from its platformall in full view of the public. 

Senator Rand Paul then jumped into the mix. The Kentucky politician announced he was quitting YouTube in his Washington Examiner Op Ed. Senator Paul writes:

“I have come to the realization that my relationship with YouTube is dysfunctional. Sure, I can get millions of views. But why should I allow anonymous “fact-checkers” to censor my fully sourced, fact-based content? They don’t want to challenge or debate me with opposing views, they just want my silence.”

Rogan also made waves alongside Senator Paul by announcing that he now has moved on to the new GETTR social media platform. Rogan wrote, “Just in case sh-t over at Twitter gets even dumber, I’m here now as well,” Rogan wrote on GETTR. “Rejoice!”

Is it time to rejoice? What do you think?

Jefferey Jaxen

Jefferey Jaxen is a health journalist and featured in his weekly segment, ’The Jaxen Report’, on The HighWire. As an investigative journalist, researcher, and compelling writer, Jefferey serves as Lead editor of The HighWire News and Opinion Team.