National Institute of Health director: those who spread “misinformation” online should be “identified” and “brought to justice”

Reclaim the Net – by Cindy Harper

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins has warned against “misinformation” online and suggested that those who spread misinformation should be “brought to justice.”

Collins made the comments in defense of his colleague Dr. Anthony Fauci, who he says has been subjected to harassment over “misinformation.”

“Conspiracies are winning here. Truth is losing. That’s a really serious indictment of the way in which our society seems to be traveling,” said Collins in an interview with The Washington Post.

Over the past few weeks in particular, Fauci has been severely criticized after an animal rights group called the White Coat Waste Project accused the NIH of being involved and funding research where dogs were experimented on.

“Truth is supposed to be truth,” Collins said, “and the fact that your truth would be so heavily modified by your social circle or where you get your news tells you we’re in real trouble.”

He added that people should be concerned that “somebody’s Facebook post carries as much weight as a statement from the director of the CDC about what is the truth of a public health crisis.”

He suggested two solutions: First, identifying the spreaders of misinformation and bringing them to justice. Second, finding an effective way of countering false claims with the truth.

“He didn’t specify what exactly either one would entail,” The Post reported.

Suggesting that people who spread allegedly false claims should be “brought to justice” is unconstitutional.

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3 thoughts on “National Institute of Health director: those who spread “misinformation” online should be “identified” and “brought to justice”

    1. I am not familiar with her at all. She’s not mentioned in the article.
      So I am curious as to why you brought up her name and what you meant by your comment in regards to her influence at the NIH?
      I am also curious as to Why a Psychiatrist studying addictive behaviors, brain imaging and nuclear medicine and is a prolific writer/ editor of 4 books. Who has written 100 book chapters and over 800 articles and manuscripts. And has received virtually every award and accolade possible in the field of brain imaging in mental and addiction disorders.
      Spent the majority of her career working at Department of Energy Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, New York? There is a disconnect somewhere in that biography. I am sure there’s an explanation. But I cant explain the dissonance I detect in the short bio I read of her professional career. There are some major things missing as to what she was involved in at the DOE. It will take me awhile to follow up on it. Any help as to what I should look for will be most appreciated. Thanks.

      1. Her grandfather was leon trotsky. Spilling blood in the name of totalitarianism is in her blood. She seems pretty heavily connected, that’s fer darn sure!

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