Tucker Carlson on Friday night attacked ‘sinister’ tech companies for taking down his interview the night before with a doctor who said that vaccinating young people was ‘a colossal error in public health judgment’.
Dr Hooman Noorchashm, a retired cardiac surgeon with a PhD in immunology, who taught at Harvard Medical School, appeared on Carlson’s Fox News show on Thursday night.
‘After our conversation last night, he upload the data exchange onto YouTube,’ Carlson explained on Friday.
‘Other parents have an absolute right to know these facts.
‘But the tech monopolies would no longer allow that discussion.’
Tucker Carlson on Friday night warned his Fox News viewers about the dangerous power of big tech firms. He told that his guest from the previous night, Dr Hooman Noorchashm, posted a clip of their interview to YouTube. YouTube then took it down
On Thursday night, Dr Hooman Noorchashm told Carlson that he did not believe vaccinating young people was a good idea because many already had antibodies
The Philadelphia-based doctor was shocked to find his views censored by YouTube on Friday
Noorchashm said that he did not approve of the vaccine being given to young people, because of their low risk of dying from COVID, and the fact that many already had antibodies.
Noorchashm’s video was taken down by YouTube on Friday.
‘For reasons that we can’t know for certain but are clearly sinister and certainly incompatible with the functioning democracy, big tech will no longer allow any questions about vaccines, even from Harvard trained immunologists, who are quoting government data,’ said Carlson.
‘They censor everything but happy talk and propaganda about vaccines, period.’
Noorchashm received a message from YouTube, stating: ‘Our team has reviewed your content and unfortunately we think it violates our misinformation policy. We have removed the following content from YouTube.’
Carlson said the doctor ‘was silenced by Google.’
Carlson showed the message that Noorchashm received from YouTube, explaining why the clip from Thursday’s show was removed
Dr Hooman Noorchashm on why he doesn’t believe young people should be vaccinated against COVID
The Philadelphia-based doctor on Thursday night told Carlson that he opposed vaccinating college-age young people.
He said it did not, from a medical perspective, make sense to vaccinate young people who have already had COVID, and have a high level of antibodies.
He said his college-age daughter has not had COVID, and so she was vaccinated. His son, who has had the virus, still has a high level of antibodies so does not want the vaccine.
Noorchahsm said he felt the vaccine was being rushed out, for people who might not need it.
‘That’s a recipe for disaster, as the data is bearing out,’ he said.
‘This is really, from a medical perspective, a no-brainer. If we force these kids to get vaccinated and they get harmed, that’s a liability the institutions will have to absorb.’
He said many people already had immunity.
‘I think it’s a colossal error,’ he said.
He added that, if his son’s antibody levels drop, he would recommend a booster shot.
He tweeted that he recommended vaccinations against COVID-19, and that he and his teenage daughters had received the jab.
But he noted: ‘My interview with @TuckerCarlson last night on prime time TV was removed by @YouTube.
‘Nowhere on the video was I in violation of CDC consensus.
‘YouTube just didn’t like what I had to say.
‘One word: CENSORSHIP!
‘Is this still America @POTUS @SenRonJohnson?’
Johnson, a Republican senator for Wisconsin, on Friday had his YouTube account blocked for seven days, after he said that the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine – heavily promoted as a COVID preventative by Donald Trump – could be used to combat the virus.
Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin had his video removed by YouTube when he discussed the benefits of the drug hydroxychloroquine, as touted by Donald Trump. An increasing number of studies show that it may be useful
An increasing number of studies are showing positive indicators for the drug, but YouTube took Johnson’s video down.
‘We removed the video in accordance with our COVID-19 medical misinformation policies, which don’t allow content that encourages people to use Hydroxychloroquine or Ivermectin to treat or prevent the virus,’ a YouTube spokesperson said in a statement.
Carlson also pointed out that last year he invited Chinese scholar Li-Meng Yan to discuss the origins of COVID-19.
She told him: ‘From my first report, as scientific evidence to our audience that this virus COVID-19, actually is not from nature.
‘I work with the top coronavirus virologists in the world.
‘So together with my experience I can tell you, this was created in a lab.
‘This is owned by China military. And also, it was spread to the world to make such damage.’
She said the virus was released ‘intentionally’.
Yan, a postdoctoral fellow at Hong Kong University who fled to the United States in April 2020, had her video taken down.
Carlson mocked the social media moderators, saying: ‘The 23-year-old Oberlin graduates knew more about the origins of COVID-19 then a Chinese virologist in Wuhan at the time.’
Carlson said that only people who were entirely positive about COVID-19 vaccines were given permission to air their views, describing it as concerning
Carlson pointed out that censorship in the United States went even further than big tech companies.
‘Now in the United States you know longer allowed to be anything less than a complete across-the-board enthusiastic booster of vaccines for everybody,’ he said.
He told the story of a woman in Michigan, Marlena Pavlos-Hackney, who defied state lockdown orders by keeping her restaurant open.
She was fined $15,000 for violating the COVID rules.
On March 12, the Michigan attorney general, Dana Nessel, discussed Hackney’s decision to appear on Carlson’s show.
‘Do we know her whereabouts? We should just have her picked up before she goes on. This is outrageous,’ wrote Nessel, in an email obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.
Pavlos-Hackney was arrested by the Michigan State Police seven days later, on March 19, and held until March 23.
Kelly Rossman-McKinney, spokeswoman for the Attorney General’s office, said: ‘Ms. Pavlos-Hackney’s decision to then go on national television and flaunt her noncompliance compromised the state’s ability to protect public safety during a global pandemic and likely emboldened others to break the law.’
On Friday, Carlson said: ‘She was in prison for daring to come on the show.
‘That happened in the state of Michigan – are you surprised?
‘We shouldn’t be surprised, because it was always the next step. This was never going to end with censorship on social media. It was never going to end there.
‘If they can control what you write, why can’t they control what you say, think, and do?
‘Why can’t they throw you behind bars if you disagree with them or criticize the policy?
‘They can, it turns out. And they will.’
Carlson concluded: ‘We’ve been moving toward this for a long time, not enough people have said anything in response to it.
‘They cower and hope they won’t be punished.
‘But they are going to be punished, if this continues.’