(Right Country) – Almost the entire US is currently under stay-at-home orders with over 6 million people suddenly out of work. We’re being told relentlessly by the mainstream media that the coronavirus has overtaken NYC and it’s only a matter of time before it does the same to our own communities and neighborhoods. Only problem is, we don’t really know what the truth is and there is good reason for that.
Medical professionals in NYC are being told they must seek permission to speak to news outlets otherwise they could be fired. While we enjoy freedom of speech in the US, private institutions such as New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine and its Langone Health Medical Center are not subject to these power restraints. It would appear they are taking full advantage of this fact by effectively muzzling their faculty and preventing them from candidly talking to the media.
…the non-profit Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or FIRE, contends that’s a really bad idea, especially when those experts are being sought out by media to talk about the coronavirus pandemic.
“It is precisely in times of crisis that it is most important that lines of communication to the public be open,” said Robert Shibley, the executive director of FIRE. “These faculty members are there because they’re the experts. Inhibiting their ability to communicate important information about COVID-19 presents enormous risks.”
He was refering to the university’s rule that all communications be cleared ahead of time, which means “a comment to the press may mean termination.”
Faculty physicians cannot speak with reporters about COVID-19 without “express approval from the office of communications and marketing.”
“NYU has muzzled its faculty,” FIRE said in a letter to Steven Abramson, the vice dean for education, faculty and academic affairs as Grossman.
“These policies bar NYU faculty from speaking to journalists without institutional permission and thus function as a prior restraint on faculty speech.”
FIRE said: “Though the NYU Grossman School of Medicine is a private institution, and is not bound by the First Amendment, requiring faculty to obtain permission before speaking to the press is antithetical to the values of our free society. This is especially true when the threat of punishment appears intended to chill speech of intense public concern involving matters of life and death amidst a global pandemic.”
No wonder so many Americans are fearful and worried during these unprecedented times. If healthcare professionals are being hushed by private institutions in areas that are supposedly being ravaged by the coronavirus, we have to wonder why that would be.
Is there some greater evil going on here? Is the health crisis being blown way out of proportion so that Americans willingly surrender our rights and stay home, ushering in some kind of police state?
If the coronavirus outbreak is as bad and overwhelming as the mainstream media paints it to be, then why would any institution, private or otherwise, be concerned about medical professionals speaking out about it?
Just more reason not to trust anything you see on the mainstream media. Something very real is going on here but whether or not it’s the coronavirus alone has yet to be determined.