Editor’s Note. While not strickly about polemics or theology, and therefore not something we typically do around here, this extended thread about media manipulation, optics and perception serves to highlight many of the things that are adjecent to this. Also while not everyone at Protestia is ‘vaccine hesitant’, we are all ‘authoratarian hesitant’ and anyone with a modium of sense can see the media manipulation for what it is.
(The Liberty Daily) Russia-British comedian and political commentator Konstantin Kisin had some thoughts about vaccine hesitancy. In fact, he had quite a few thoughts. We can debate the choice of posting over 2,300 words in a Twitter thread, but the content found in it is a masterclass on explaining the lack of trust tens of millions of people in the U.S. and U.K. currently have towards the Covid-19 injections both governments are pushing so hard.
Here’s the thread. Normally, we just post the Tweets but for the sake of making it easier to read, we’ll just post the first Tweet and the thread and unroll the rest in text format with links, images, and videos intact.
You’re struggling to understand why some people are vaccine hesitant. The “let me help you” megathread: Imagine you’re a normal person. The year is 2016. Rightly or wrongly, you believe most of what you see in the media.
You believe polls are broadly reflective of public opinion. You believe doctors and scientists are trustworthy and independent. You’re a decent, reasonable person who follows the rules and trusts authority.
Imagine your shock then, when Brexit, which you were assured won’t happen because it’s a fringe movement led by racists for racists, happens. The polls, which widely predicted it wouldn’t happen were completely wrong.
The experts and media pundits who told you it wouldn’t happen day after day are also wrong. “Oh well” you say, “these things happen”. Imagine that soon after Donald Trump is running for President. You are told by your favourite media publications that he is going to lose.
Some experts say his opponent has a 99% chance of winning.
Imagine waking up on the morning after the election to discover that pollsters, media experts and politicians you still trusted were wrong again.
And now, the racist monster they told you would never get near the White House is the leader of the free world. “How did this happen?” you ask yourself? How could all the people in charge of informing me be so wrong? “It was the Russians,” they tell you.
“The Russians did Brexit and they got Trump elected too”. Imagine that for the next 3.5 years you watch as the media and the political class run with the Russia collusion narrative. They tell you the how, when and where.
The dossiers, the whistle-blowers, the peeing prostitutes. Imagine your desperation for things to make sense again. The Mueller Report is coming and it will set your world straight.
Evidence of foreign meddling in the 2016 election and Brexit is coming to save your unsettled mind. Imagine your shock then, when you discover that Brexit and Trump had little to do with foreign meddling. The screaming about Russians and Brexit dies down as well.
Imagine that bit by bit, you discover that events which the media and political class told you would not and could not happen not only happened, but happened without some sort of evil interference. Instead, millions of your fellow citizens voted for them.
Again, you ask “How could this happen?” and again the media has the answer: racism. “Your country is racist”, they tell you. If you’re white, this seems strange to you. Other than a handful of idiots, you’ve never met a racist.
If you’re an ethnic minority immigrant like me, this seems even stranger. Why would people in one of the most welcoming, tolerant countries in the world want to convince themselves their country is racist when it’s so obviously not?
But the evidence is right there on your TV screen. Imagine your horror as a gay black actor is assaulted by MAGA hat-wearing thugs who racially abuse him and put a noose around his neck. He cries while talking about it:…
To continue reading, click here. It’s long, but very, very worth it.
This article was written by JD. Rucker and published at the Liberty Daily. Title changed by Protestia.