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Responding to Leibowitz

Editor:

This is in response to David Leibowitz, “Americans have the right to do stupid things.”

The only opinions in the Glendale Star are David Leibowitz’s, just like there is only one opinion about everything on every major news station. The newscasters all read from the same copy. The only difference between the two is that readers know they are reading an opinion in the paper. 

Years ago, news stations reported the news without comment. At the end of the newscast, a qualified, responsible party would offer an editorial on an important news story. Then a qualified, responsible person was invited to come on the following night and offer an opposing opinion. 

These speakers’ comments were well thought out, cogent and fact based on both sides. Then it was left up to the viewing public to evaluate both arguments and decide for themselves which side had the best argument or approach to the issue under discussion.

Mr. Leibowitz’s last two opinion pieces were about COVID-19 vaccinations, which he believes everyone should be forced to have. In another opinion piece, Mr. Leibowitz belittled citizens who do not trust that these vaccines are safe and effective. These have been approved for emergency use, and there are no long-term studies.

Leibowitz is right: There is distrust about the vaccines.  Here are just a few reasons.

 

1. Deplatforming.  There are several real doctors and scientists who have convincing data about the future harmful effects of these vaccines. These are not just some guys writing blogs. However, news stations never feature these professionals, and many online media have deplatformed them. How can citizens make informed decisions for themselves without the ability to weigh the arguments? We are being told what to think and what to do.

 

2. Pharmaceutical immunity. According to 42 U.S. Code § 300aa–22, companies that manufacture vaccines are not liable if someone has an allergic reaction or injury after being vaccinated. A person can file with the “vaccine court” and may receive a settlement for injuries resulting from flu shots, mumps, etc., but it does not cover any COVID-19 vaccines. 

 

3. False reporting. In March, CBS reported on hospital overcrowding in New York, except that the hospital was in Italy. When called out, CBS said it was an “editing error.” Not long after that, CBS did a story about hospital overcrowding in Pennsylvania — and showed the same hospital in Italy. Is it any wonder that many people do not believe the media and social streaming sites?

 

4.  Fear mongering. COVID-19 dominates the news. “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety,” Benjamin Franklin said.

 

It’s un-American to attach pejorative labels to people whose opinions differ from the “experts.” As Mr. Leibowitz stated, “America has long been a stronghold of freedom.” One of those freedoms is the right to think for ourselves.

 

Christy Grillo

Glendale