The Biggest Lies You Might Have Believed

January 2nd, 2022 | RR

The past decade has been rife with incredible lies and misinformation. Rather than correct the record, retract and apologize, those who have spread these lies have doubled down. Over the past ten years, there have been lies that duped some of the smartest among us, while some were so blatant and obvious that even chimpanzees with brain damage couldn't have believed them. These are some of the biggest lies we have been told over the past few years. Some of them were told by experts and people who are supposed to be smarter than us.

You, yourself, may have believed some of these lies for a while.

The Mass Graves  Lie

One of the biggest and most heartbreaking lies of the past ten years was the lie about a “mass grave” filled with dead indigenous children at an old Kamloops residential school. Not only did journalists omit the words of the Tkemlups te Secwepemc First Nation chief, Rosanne Casimir, they inserted their own terminology into the coverage.

At first, all we had from the chief's press conference was what journalists had reported. When the transcript of Casimir's press conference finally surfaced, the lie began to unravel.

Not only did Casimir not—ever—refer to the graves as “mass graves”, she explicitly stated that “this is not a mass grave”. In her statement, she said, “This is not a mass grave. These are preliminary findings. We will be sharing the written report in the middle of the month.”

In fact, the ground penetrating radar used to identify the graves had uncovered what many had known for the majority of the last century: that children in the residential system, who had died of various causes, were buried throughout the years in unmarked graves. At some churches and schools in Canada, the graves were, in fact, marked at some point in history—only to become unmarked when headstones and crosses were removed decades later.

In truth, there were never any “mass graves” and the deliberate connotations that come with the term were never a part of our objective reality. Journalists had set out to maximize the impact of their stories for ratings and link clicks, but at no point in Canadian history were children killed in acts of mass murder and then dumped into unmarked “mass graves”.

The entire story was a fabrication and the allegations were made up by media and journalists, not by First Nation chiefs.

Furthermore, in their coverage of these fake mass graves, journalists consciously avoided questioning members of the current and previous Trudeau governments and former prime minister, Jean Chretien, who was Minister Of Indian Affairs from 1968 to 1974. Months after the allegations surfaced, Jean Chretien made an appearance at a high profile Liberal campaign rally—without a single mention, from anyone in corporate media, about his time as the Minister Of Indian Affairs.

The Insurrection Lie

Touted as an “unprecedented assault on democracy” and an “insurrection” by some media organizations, the January 6 protests at the United States Capitol in 2021 were nothing more than just that: protests. To date, not a single person involved in the protests has been charged for insurrection under the Insurrection Act. Those who have been charged with crimes were charged with trespassing, misconduct, assault and various felony and misdemeanour charges.

Today, Wikipedia indexes the protest as “2021 United States Capitol Attack”.

In May of 2020, a hoard of left-wing protesters invaded parts of the White House while protesting the death of George Floyd. They threatened the Secret Service and White House staff while trying to gain access to the premises, which resulted in President Trump and his family being moved to the White House bunker for over an hour. Many of the protesters hurled threats at Trump and his family and injured officers, as CNN reported here.

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That “attack” on the White House and the president was never reported, or historically recorded by Wikipedia, as an unprecedented attack on democracy, or as an insurrection. A few years earlier, in 2017, protesters stormed Congress in protest of the Tax Cuts And Jobs Act. As reported by The Washington Post, protesters arrived with civil disobedience and the intent to get arrested on their minds. None of it was called an attack on democracy, let alone an “attack” on anything.

The protests at the United States Capitol in January of 2021 were not an insurrection or an unprecedented attack on democracy. A vast majority of those who showed up did so peacefully—to protest what they thought was a rigged election. Their efforts were no different than the efforts of protesters mentioned in other demonstrations inside Congress and outside the White House. Like with many other protests, a few bad apples committed acts of violence, vandalism and intimidation.

There has not been a genuine insurrection in the United States during our lifetimes.

The Disinfectant  Lie

One of the most egregious lies of the past few years was the lie that Donald Trump told Americans to inject themselves with disinfectants, or to ingest bleach. The lie became so entrenched in a few short days that the makers of Lysol released a statement advising consumers not to ingest their products. Not only did Donald Trump not tell Americans to ingest and inject disinfectants, he never mentioned any brand names like Lysol.

The reason the lie is so egregious is because of its similarity to the “mass graves” lie, in which journalists maliciously and deliberately misrepresented what really happened. Real transcripts of Trump's press conference were selectively edited and words were inserted, leaving a trusting public to believe a total lie. The lie became so widespread that people like Barack Obama and Kamala Harris repeated it during the 2020 election as an attack on Trump's intelligence.

After the lie, reports of accidental poisonings began to surface. Poison control centres in the United States reported a 250% increase of incidents from the previous year.

In efforts to double down on their lies, journalists blamed Trump for the rise in poisonings. At no point did they refer or link the public to Trump's actual press conference, which would have shown the true context of his words. Speaking directly to his doctors and bringing up past hypothetical conversations they had had, Trump said, “And then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in one minute. And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning, because you see it [Coronavirus] gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it’d be interesting to check that.”

Journalists failed to mention Trump's full statement and the fact he had been talking to his team of doctors, not the American public.

Trump concluded that part of his press brief by saying, “so, that you’re going to have to use medical doctors with, but it sounds interesting to me.”

A hypothetical conversation was distorted into a wildly fantastical claim by journalists. The president had told Americans to inject themselves with bleach and disinfectants. Many Americans believed it and they, themselves, attempted to cure their symptoms and illness with bleach, causing a spike in calls to local poison control centres and for the makers of disinfectant brands to release statements.

The whole thing was a lie. Donald Trump never, at any point, told Americans to ingest or inject disinfectants.

The Cloth Mask  Lie

Through a whole century of science, cloth masks have never been proven to stop the spread of aerosols and viruses. Yet, in late 2020, cloth masks became the standard and mask mandates were implemented around the globe to stop the spread of coronavirus. During the early onset of the pandemic, top medical doctors and professionals at the CDC and WHO advised the public that cloth masks do not—and will not—protect them from the new virus.

Somehow, without any new science to back up the claim, doctors, politicians and media changed their advice months later and began to recommend the use of cloth masks (in the absence of surgical masks) in all indoor spaces. The idea was that larger aerosols could be captured and stopped from spreading, yet transmission of the virus failed to slow in a majority of the places that had implemented mask mandates. Most data from around the world shows an increase in transmissions months following mask mandates. Early on, many in the CDC and WHO advised against the public using medical grade masks in order to protect the supply for doctors and nurses, leading many to advise the use of cloth masks instead.

"You, yourself, may have believed some of theses lies for a while."

Studies throughout the past few decades have shown that cloth masks do little to prevent the spread of aerosols compared to surgical masks and stronger masks, like N95 masks. By recommending cloth masks, authorities may have allowed the public to gain a false sense of security, which could have further enabled the spread of the virus.

More recent science has, in fact, shown that masks can capture larger aerosols and droplets. However, when reporting on these findings, journalists fail to differentiate between surgical masks and cloth masks. To date, cloth masks have yet to be proven effective. By continuing to advise the public to use cloth masks, doctors and politicians could only be heightening the risk of transmission.

In late 2021, doctors finally began to recommend against using cloth masks with the surge in new Omicron cases around the globe. At the George Washington University in DC, Dr. Leana Wen called cloth masks “little more than face decorations”. Within the last few weeks of 2021, media and experts had come to the same single conclusion about cloth masks in the fight against Omicron. Two years after recommending their use, professionals and media finally changed course on the effectiveness of cloth masks. In late December, CNN began encouraging the public to upgrade from cloth masks.

Due to the small size of virus particles, many have compared the effectiveness of cloth masks to using a chain link fence to catch mosquitos. Although they may catch much larger aerosols, a majority of people fail to use them correctly and it is unlikely that a highly infectious person would be prevented from spreading any virus by wearing a cloth mask indoors.

Cloth masks were likely never effective in preventing the spread of coronavirus. Decades worth of scientific studies have debunked the effectiveness of cloth masks in fighting the flu and other respiratory viruses, including SARS in 2003. By recommending cloth masks, media and experts may have done more harm than good in their efforts to stop the spread.

No More Lies

Going into a new year, it's everyone's responsibility to fact-check the journalists and experts. Stop believing what they tell you before finding out the facts on your own. In the case of the “mass graves”, all one had to do was read the official, uncut transcript of Rosanne Casimir's press conference. In the case of the “injecting disinfectants” lie, we needed only to watch or read the full press conference ourselves.

When it comes to true coronavirus deaths, read the full print and find out the comorbidities of the deceased and whether the deaths are being accurately reported. This data can easily be found on most official government websites. Ask every politician and journalist, when possible, why cases are being reported over actual deaths—which have been steadily declining for more than 12 months.

When it comes to cloth masks, look at the several previous studies from 2003 to 2019 that have proven them virtually ineffective in preventing the transmission of most viruses. When it comes to the “insurrection” on Capitol Hill, find out who was charged and what they were charged for. You'll find that most of the charges are misdemeanour and that not a single person has been charged under America's Insurrection Act. Like in many protests, those who committed acts of violence and vandalism (and were successfully identified) were charged accordingly.

Before believing what you hear, do your own fact-check. If you find lies, share the lies with friends, family and anyone you can. It's up to you to expose the culprits and help clean up this culture of deceit.

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