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They silenced him. Now he’s back

By Tom Woods

The New York Times and its clones in cable news and print media are eager to remind us of their devotion to “marginalized groups.”

These groups aren’t actually marginalized, as you know. They and their political demands are supported and celebrated in academia, the media, entertainment, media, the Fortune 500, the mainline Christian denominations — pretty much every major institution in American society.

That’s what “marginalized” means to CNN.

To a normal person, “marginalized” means being despised by all major institutions and being deprived of a voice. We have plenty of people like that, but of course the media has precisely zero interest in covering them.

Case in point: our old friend Jay Bhattacharya, professor of medicine at Stanford University.

Professor Bhattacharya has had perfectly unobjectionable videos removed and — we now know — his voice suppressed on Twitter.

His own colleagues, too, have attacked him.

Not to mention, he was born in Calcutta.

So he checks off all the “marginalized” boxes, you’d think: immigrant, isolated by colleagues for speaking his mind, and having his voice actually silenced.

But, dear reader, you know CNN isn’t interested in the Jay Bhattacharya story. Bhattacharya thought it was a stupid and evil idea to destroy people’s livelihoods and life savings and dreams via Covid lockdowns, so he’s not even really a person.

Black Lives Matter is not a marginalized group in our society, much as we’re supposed to believe it is. But if you stood up against the “public health” establishment these past few years, you learned what marginalization really is.

It’s been a silver lining of the Covid madness that I’ve had a chance to meet and become friends with some truly great people, like Jay, whom I would never have met otherwise. In his recent appearance on the Tom Woods Show Jay very kindly noted his gratefulness for our Covid-induced friendship.

Here’s what he just wrote about the Twitter suppression:

I spent the afternoon yesterday at Twitter HQ at the invitation of Elon Musk to find out more about the trend “blacklist” that twitter placed on me and more. A short thread on what I found out follows.

Twitter 1.0 placed me on the blacklist on the first day I joined in August 2021. I think it was my pinned tweet linking to the Great Barrington Declaration that triggered the blacklist based on unspecified complaints Twitter received.

Twitter 1.0 rejected requests for verification by me and Martin Kulldorff [of Harvard Medical School]. Each time the reasoning (never conveyed to us) was that we were not notable enough. They should have asked Francis Collins — he would have vouched for our standing as “fringe epidemiologists.”

It will take some time to find out more about what led Twitter 1.0 to act so imperiously, but I am grateful to Elon Musk, who has promised access to help find out. I will report the results on Twitter 2.0, where transparency and free speech rule.

Incidentally, in our recent interview I asked Jay if, after the ordeal of the past three years, he’s thinking of writing a book chronicling it all. He said he is, if only for his mental health. He’s got to get the story out, he says.

This is a good reminder of the value to you of writing a book, which goes well beyond what royalties you earn. It opens doors for you, it positions you as someone with something to say, and if you have a business, a book can go a long way toward promoting that business, if you know what you’re doing.

I’ve written 12 books myself, and I can assure you, I’ve had opportunities come my way that I would never have had otherwise.

So I hope you’ll attend our little session tomorrow about how to get that book written and then — the key step — how to make sure it isn’t buried under the other 200,000 titles released every year.

Please click to reserve your spot, and I very much hope to see you there:
http://www.tomwoods.com/yourbook

Tom Woods

 

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