The propaganda wall on covid vaccines in Australia is the highest since WWII. Some excerpts from a letter by an Australian reader to Alex Berenson.
I was born and grew up here [in Australia] and usually spend a couple of months of the year here and the rest of the year in XXX. But I came back here early in the Pandemic for the sake of my Dad is who has XXX and is in ill health generally and have not been allowed to leave since.
And can I first thank you for the Twitter feed you were running. It was one of only a handful of things keeping me sane during this period. Everybody else around me is buying into all the lies and I have felt as though I was losing my mind at times. It was so comforting to see that there were other people just as sceptical of all this as I was and have been.
I think you might be under appreciating is just how complete and comprehensive the media black out of information the government doesn’t want the public to hear has been. Way worse and more comprehensive of a black out than what I see in Europe and the US.
The only thing comparable to this media operation that I have seen was the Brexit campaign in the UK. Just wall to wall propaganda being blasted at the public 24/7 and all contrary information and opinion banished.
The Australian media scene is relatively small and non-competitive, which really shows over this issue. It is dominated by the Australian ABC, the taxpayer funded institution long since overrun by the left, which is the home of political correctness in Australia.
It is obvious that media coverage of Covid here is completely controlled by the government. The other day when Joe Rogan said he recovered from Covid with ivermectin I saw the same “special report” on the 6pm news reports of all 4 main stations smearing ivermectin.
Not only were all the key points and buzzwords identical, i.e. the horse dewormer talking point and the claims that the ICU’s were full of people with life-threatening diarrhea from taking it, but the whole script was pretty much identical. What are the odds that all 4 channels decided independently to do a special report on ivermectin all on the same day and all with the same false talking points? …
Joanne and I have been aghast at the determined push on the “news” that “you must get vaccinated”. There is nothing subtle about it, and it goes on and on, ad naseum.
Everyday on TV here the various state leaders and health ministers get on TV and tell the public that the vaccine will stop them getting Covid and/or transmitting it to other people.
They use very careful language when doing it. They don’t make a clear direct statement that might come back to haunt them, i.e. You can’t be infected once vaccinated, but they just repeatedly imply it over and over again.
Information from other countries is not allowed to be presented unless it conforms to the narrative. There was blanket coverage of India earlier in the year. Then when deaths dropped away it has not been mentioned since. None of the events in Israel or Iceland are mentioned at all.
Coverage of vaccine adverse events is definitely banned. They have admitted to like six deaths from blood clots from AstraZeneca. They never do anything that would humanise the person who died. No photos of the person are shown. No friends or family ever interviewed. Just a brief description of the age and gender of the person, where they are from, and then usually a caveat implying it wasn’t really the vaccine the person died from added at the end (i.e. “She was known to be in poor health for some time”).
In contrast they can’t wait to tell you all about anybody who died from Covid, especially if they are under 60. Photos and tearful statements from friends and family galore. They have not admitted to a single case of Guillain-Barre syndrome or myocarditis or facial paralysis. Not one. There must be loads of these side effects by now but the government and media have not admitted to a single one.
Coverage of the police violence is banned. You will not see any of the footage you have been emailing in any of the news coverage. People who rely on mainstream media will simply not know about it. There has been zero coverage of the Identify and Disrupt bill you mentioned meaning the government can take over your email and social media accounts. Rammed through parliament in one day with no debate. Both parties voting for it. No media coverage at all. If you interviewed 50,000 Australian I would be shocked if even one person knew about it. …
Yep, that’s what people here mainly think:
Most Australians think that the vaccine will stop them being infected, that you only have to have it once and that’s it, that serious side effects are about as likely as wining the lottery, that the vaccine is no different to other vaccines in how it works, that if you got Covid you would probably have a 5% chance of dying. People really believe this.
Scaring the elderly worked:
Also, you need to appreciate the politics. The elderly have been totally radicalised by the fear campaign. The fear campaign was targeted at the young and it has totally failed to scare them but it has scared the shit out of the elderly.
And they have formed a formidable voting block to back the restrictions. There have been two state elections since the Pandemic and both were won in a landslide by the incumbent left wing government who ran on a platform of keeping borders shut and being complete totalitarians. They got all the elderly vote which normally votes conservative, plus the middle aged women who love the totalitarianism, plus the work from home crowd who are voting to keep this going so they don’t have to go back to working at the office, plus all the people who normally vote left wing.
But the elderly vote is the big block. In a country with an ageing population and compulsory voting if all the elderly vote against you it is almost impossible to win. Especially for conservative parties because the elderly are a big part of their natural base. So they are very reluctant to stand up to any of this as the mostly left wing state governments are doing it.
Meanwhile, the overseas news on Australia from the US right wing sources has become hysterical and ridiculous.
For example, Tucker Carlson has now claimed four times on his show that Australia is under martial law. Now that’s a big claim, easily checked, and utterly wrong. Civilians are completely in control of government at all levels in Australia, as they have been for well over a century. (No incidents like General Milley asking the military commanders to swear allegiance to him rather than the elected leader, for instance.)
After the third time Tucker said this untruth, we wrote a blog post about it, which we had a contact pass on to his research team. A week later Tucker repeated his claim, only this time he added that there was no mention of it in the Australian media. Oh how insidious! Massive censorship as well! Perhaps Australia is so authoritarian that no one even bothers to mention it?
Or perhaps it never happened Tucker.
Either there is martial law in Australia, or there is not. Either the Australian media and authorities are lying, or Tucker Carlson and a bunch of US websites have it wrong. Either Tucker Carlson is bravely speaking the truth about Australia and Australians have no idea, or he is a lying idiot on this issue (and doesn’t he go on about calling others idiots and liars?) Either Scott Morrison, the elected Aussie leader, is in charge, or some military people have secretly taken over our government. Hmmm, guess we’ll find out eventually.
We like Tucker and he is brilliant on the US political situation, which is why we watch him so often. But when it comes to Australia, he looks like a man who didn’t do his homework.
Those US websites are projecting their own situation onto Australia. The US mainstream/left loves Australia’s approach to covid (apparently without understanding that it is due to closing borders — a covid-proof border stops illegal immigration!). They hold up Australia as a good covid example.
Many on the US right hate that, understandably, but fail to notice that closing the borders and the quick-lockdown covid elimination strategy worked here until recently. (Mixed results in Melbourne, where ineptitude strung out a lockdown for nearly four months last year.)
Readers of US websites probably don’t know that Australia’s total death toll to covid (all deaths, from 2019 to today) is less than the daily US covid death toll most days.
Or that most Australians (though not Melbournians) were freer than Americans during the covid period. For example, here in Perth in the last year there have been three lockdowns totaling 12 days — the 353 other days there were no masks, no covid, businesses operated pretty much without restriction, all schools and shops are open, and life was basically the same as pre-covid except no overseas travel and often no interstate travel.
Can we just have some adherence to truth, and the whole truth, on this issue? The ridiculous propaganda, while fun at first, is ultimately just wasting everyone’s time with nonsense which eventually has to be unlearned.
hat-tip Scott of the Pacific