Dr. Mobeen Syed spoke with ivermectin physician Dr. Pierre Kory with the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC) in a Youtube Live Event on May 4, 2021. Dr. Kory introduces the concept of “disinformation,” first described by the Union of Concerned Scientists, in association with the suppression of data from dozens of ivermectin-based clinical trials. When considering why so much positive data isn’t even considered by prominent health authorities such as the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S.-based doctor declared, “I had to start asking myself, why are people not recognizing that Ivermectin is one of the most effective medicines in any disease model in history?” He continued, “I thought the world had gone mad, until I figured it out…” Through the help of some supporters, the physician/researcher had to come to terms with the intersection of drugs, power and money—and the concept of disinformation associated with such a confluence of forces. Dr. Kory shared with the world what he learned regarding what’s called “A Disinformation Playbook,” which has been used for decades by powerful corporations to delay government action on matters that would adversely affect their income or profit. Essentially, as described by Kory, this is where corporations attack science that is inconvenient to their interests. The doctor suggests that the lack of interest or more comprehensive embrace of even the data associated with ivermectin to date has nothing to do with actual science and everything to do with money and power.
This is not to say that all corporations are evil or that all corporations do this, but “when it happens, we need to recognize it,” says Kory, “because it serves contrary to the public interest.” Kory’s been doing his homework and shared in the interview important learnings about disinformation campaigns.
Tactics of disinformation include:
- The Fake – Conduct counterfeit science and try to pass it off as legitimate research
- The Blitz – Harass scientists who speak out with results or views inconvenient for industry
- The Diversion – Manufacture uncertainty about science where little or none exists
- The Screen – Buy credibility through alliances with academia or professional societies
- The Fix – Manipulate government officials or processes to influence inappropriately
The Diversion tactic was highlighted by Kory because, according to him, “That’s what’s happening with Ivermectin.” One well-known case of this includes when scientists first started to find that the aftereffects of playing football as a career was leading to these horrific, traumatic brain disorders later in life, and the NFL tried to discredit and dismiss those scientists. You’ve likely heard of or seen the movie Concussion, released in 2015.
Continuing on to the entity that is WHO, he mentions that in its establishment in 1948, the contributions it received were without restrictions. “The problem is that was then, and this is now. The money for the WHO is now 70% directed donations given by oftentimes private interest or even non-profits with specific goals that they want the WHO to achieve.” This means the decision-making behind the WHO is now under the influence of external interest because of these directed donations. Plainly put, “It appears to be quite a compromised organization in more recent times in a marked departure from its history,” states Kory.
Some SocioEconomic Perspectives
A challenge here for all to consider is that for most people that live in a market-based system, individual companies’ executives figuratively live or die by revenue growth and the bottom line. That is, if their companies aren’t producing ever-growing positive outcomes, the shareholder community gets combative, and even starts selling off shares.That leads to layoffs, terminations and an overall negative trajectory. The life sciences’ sector suffers, and no one benefits over time. On the other hand, these firm-centric demands and pressures start conflicting with societal-wide imperatives, even if the investors pressuring the firm(s) are members of society, then dramatic change becomes essential.
Adam Smith, father of modern economics, is often quoted by free market intellectuals as to the importance of unconstrained, free markets, articulated in the passages of many timeless books, such as The Wealth of Nations. But there have been many misreadings of this important book, the man behind it, and the message inside.
Smith understood the need for collective regulations in relation to the demands of rationality, an imperative for acknowledging the commonality of human motivation and need; and the association between ethics and economics. Institutions such as governments, corporations and prominent non-governmental organizations, for example, are co-dependent and ultimately exist to serve people and efficient markets, while generating investor returns for ultimate health. But the great majority in a society must benefit, at least in functioning democracies.
While individual firms, or a collection of firms known as an “industry,” may behave based on demands and considerations influenced by a confluence of factors and forces, the aggregate public may ultimately have another set of demands and needs that conflict with such industry. That’s where the balancing of other societal forces framing what is thought to be a ‘free market” and its supportive institutions and rules must intervene, that is regulators, apex research institutes and purpose-driven, non-governmental organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO).
Now if the balance of power gets overwhelmingly skewed in favor of one particular industry over national, regional and even global population interests, that’s where political action, from the grassroots up, becomes an acceptable force multiplier to bring back the imperative balance to the market.
Call to Action: Knowledge is power, and Dr. Kory and the FLCCC are on the frontline of a knowledge movement centering on the many truths that are often hidden from the public. Watch the Live Event on Youtube to learn more.