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Conspiracy Video 'Plandemic' Gets Yanked, but Persists - Page 2

Judy Mikovits has an ax to grind against Anthony Fauci
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted May 8, 2020 9:32 AM CDT

  • Anti-vaxxers: NBC News describes Mikovits as a "prominent anti-vaccine advocate," while the Daily Beast doesn't go quite as far but says she is a "close associate of anti-vaccination activists." In the video, Mikovits denies being against vaccines, though she has co-written two books with anti-vax blogger Kent Heckenlively.
  • Anti-Fauci: A new Mikovits-Heckenlively book that slams Fauci, Plague of Corruption, was No. 1 on the Amazon charts this week. The Post notes that "in the weeks before the 'Plandemic' trailer launch, she had been positioning herself as an expert and an anti-Fauci voice in interviews with conspiracy-hawking and far right-leaning websites like the Epoch Times and the Gateway Pundit." Dr. David Gorski, an oncologist who blogs about medical disinformation, tells the Daily Beast that "she’s basically latched onto the anti-Fauci stuff, and came up with this story that sounds really dubious."
  • Arrest: After the retraction of her 2009 study, Mikovits was arrested and charged with stealing computer data and notebooks from the lab that fired her, the Whittemore Peterson Institute. Charges were eventually dropped, and Mikovits frames the incident in the video as a way the establishment has tried to silence her. A post at PennLive has more on the tangled background.
  • Getting pulled: "Suggesting that wearing a mask can make you sick could lead to imminent harm, so we're removing the video,” explained Facebook. Vimeo said "it stands firm in keeping our platform safe from content that spreads harmful and misleading health information. The video in question has been removed … for violating these very policies." But celebs including Larry the Cable Guy, actress Kirstie Alley, comedian Darren Knight, and various MMA and NFL figures were among those pushing the video, per the Daily Beast and NBC.
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