by Sep 16, 2020

Bill Gates with NIH Director Francis Collins and NIAID Director Anthony Fauci at the NIH in June 2017 (Photo by NIH, licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0)
A USA Today headline falsely claiming Anthony Fauci and Bill Gates have “no ties” to Moderna is illustrative of a major problem with our media.

On September 11, USA Today published an article with a headline declaring, “Fact check: Fauci, Gates, Epstein and Soros have no ties to drug company Moderna”.

But that headline was false.

Both Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) and member of the White House coronavirus task force, and Bill Gates do have ties to Moderna, a pharmaceutical company developing a COVID-19 vaccine using mRNA technology.

The article does rightly identify misinformation presented in a video widely shared on social media.

With respect to Fauci, USA Today notes that the video’s claim that Fauci was the first CEO of Moderna is false. Nevertheless, Fauci does have ties to Moderna.

Similarly, the article notes that the video’s claim that Fauci and Gates were college roommates is false. But Gates, too, nevertheless does have direct ties to Moderna.  (See article for link)



Mainstream media is worthless, and completely bought and sold to the highest bidder:

Let’s review the facts:

  1. Moderna’s listing the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as a “strategic collaborator”, to advance mRNA-based development projects.
  2. 2019 Shareholder Letter under “Partnerships”, shows $187 million in grants from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA, which operates under DHS), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA, an agency of the DOD), and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
  3. Fauci, head of NIAID, which operates under the NIH and has announced the beginning of a phase one clinical trial for Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine, is also funding the trial.  NIAID scientists and collaborators at Moderna also developed it.

Please read Hammond’s article in full as he presents so many different cases of media bias.  He contacted the author of the USA Today article and exposed the inaccuracies.  In the end, they finally changed the title to better reflect the content.  He goes into the whole weaponization of “fake news” and the fact the supposed “fact checkers” are continually caught in falsehoods.

Hammond plainly states that the media is being used to “manufacture consent for extreme and harmful ‘lockdown’ measures in response to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and for vaccine mandates.”

He aptly reminds us that it’s up to US to hold the media accountable AND to fight against this authoritarian agenda.



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