Thanks as always to Bacon Time, Whores and Ale, The Other McCain and Pirate’s Cove for the Rule Five links!
Now then: Here, from the Washington Times, is the real reason YouTube muzzled Rand Paul. Excerpt:
There is always the risk of taking fools and liars more seriously than they deserve. But then again Google-owned YouTube deserves every shred of scorn and ridicule we can still muster in these crazy, exhausting times.
Most recently, the cat video website YouTube silenced Sen. Rand Paul — a medical doctor — for posting a video in which he stated his studied medical opinion about a vitally important medical issue. Dr. Paul stands at the very intersection of politics and medicine — precisely where the issue of masks and the effectiveness of government mandates come together.
Now, it would be easy to dismiss YouTube as some kind of crazy crank ripping down a neighbor’s political signs. After all, that is who they are and what they are doing. They are no different than the social media giants who kicked President Trump off their platforms because they disliked his political statements.
Unfortunately, YouTube has become a mega-media giant — attached to an even bigger mega-media giant — where millions of Americans have fled to get away from the so-called “mainstream media.” They left the so-called “mainstream media” over galloping disinformation — only to find themselves subjected to even more shamelessly twisted disinformation.
In his video that has since been vanished by YouTube, Dr. Paul warned against the false sense of security that cloth, store-bought masks provide people who are concerned about COVID-19. Lobbying for mask mandates, Dr. Paul warned, could be “potentially deadly misinformation.”
Granted YouTube is a private company, not an official arm of government; and granted, when you sign up for YouTube there is along user agreement nobody reads that probably sums up as “Here at YouTube, we can do whatever the hell we want, and you’ll sit there and take it.” But this is an egregious case; Senator Paul is a medical doctor, expressing a medical opinion, and unlike some career bureaucrats I could name, Dr. Paul actually sees patients.
Consider these “dangerous” statements:
“In the United States, there is absolutely no reason whatsoever to wear a mask.”
“The typical mask you buy in the drug store is not really effective in keeping out virus, which is small enough to pass through material.”
“There’s no reason to be walking around with a mask.”
“If you look at the masks that you buy in a drugstore, the leakage around that doesn’t really do much to protect you.”
Not the statements Dr. Senator Paul was banned for. Those are the statements of one Anthony Fauci, patron saint of the lockdowns, who has not seen an actual patient in decades.
Consistency, YouTube; that’s what you lack. Consistency and integrity.