I like to check the news overseas every day just to see how things are ‘going’ in other parts of the world through a lens that isn’t American.
A disturbing article out of France caught my eye the other day. The report stated that French “web influencers” were recently contacted by a London based firm with requests to post about Covid vaccines. When some of the influencers followed up on the “opportunity,” it quickly became apparent that this “firm” wanted them to make negative statements about the Pfizer vaccine that were patently false. They were asked to disseminate information on their platforms claiming that Pfizer is pushing a dangerous vaccine, that there have been terrible side effects, many deaths and that the recent EU purchase of 1.8 billion doses was part of some nefarious, political move to destabilize the European health system.
A deeper investigation revealed that this shadowy, UK based company is actually owned and run by Russians. The article went on to say that this is just one attempt of many by the Russians and the Chinese to promote their own vaccines to the world by sowing doubt into populations about “the competition.”
Can you even believe that?
I mean seriously, is this out of some B-rated movie? Do we REALLY have this going on in 2021?
The sad truth is that yes, this is our world today and we need to be vigilant about everything we hear and read because (unfortunately) chances are that someone, somewhere, is pushing an agenda. Facts have become today’s “inconvenient truths” and many hours are spent carefully massaging those facts to make them conform to broader, preferred narratives.
The sad part of this is that we can no longer count on a free press to assist us in our efforts to comb the facts from fiction; they have their own loyalties and I’m sorry to say, it isn’t with their readers.
And speaking of us..
It’s time to honestly own up to our own willingness to be used as pawns in these larger disinformation efforts..(see facebook etc)..even when the lies coalesce around views we support.
Truth is not to be feared, it is to be demanded.
Truth is what makes our inner compass work.
The path you forge is still up to you, but at least you can choose it knowing where “true north” is.