We’ve all heard the nauseating and self-serving mantra that we should “trust the science” repeated to us countless times since COVID-19 started to spread around the world.

But of course, whenever a scientist, no matter how well-credentialed, dissents in any way from the pro-COVID-lockdown hysteria, enormously powerful interests — from the CDC to major tech and media companies — converge together to denounce that scientist and do anything possible to prevent him from getting his message out there.

Not long ago, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis held a panel discussion on the subject of COVID-19. That panel included a few scientists who were critical of the lockdown strategy and who strongly advised against pursuing it. A video of the panel discussion was uploaded to YouTube.

YouTube deleted that footage last week.

YouTube Has Become the Thought Police

The scientists on DeSantis’ panel included Jay Bhattacharya, a professor of medicine at Stanford; Sunetra Gupta, an epidemiologist from Oxford; Dr. Scott Atlas, who was former president Trump’s White House COVID Advisor; and Martin Kulldorf, an epidemiologist, professor of medicine and biostatistician at Harvard Medical School.

In addition to being critics of the lockdowns — these scientists are the authors of what is called the Great Barrington Declaration, which urges a total end to lockdowns and a coordinated strategy to achieve herd immunity by protecting those who are most vulnerable and allowing everyone else to live their lives — the panel members were also critical of the idea that children needed to wear masks at school.

Cody McCloud, DeSantis’ Press Secretary, said about YouTube’s removal of the discussion that, “YouTube claimed they removed the video because ‘it contradicts the consensus of local and global health authorities’…”

McCloud also made the obvious point that “Good public health policy should include a variety of scientific and technical expertise…” After all, science is not meant to be something that is declared from on high.

Florida has taken the lead in ending lockdowns and is performing extremely well against COVID. That is something that the ghouls in the media and the public health establishment don’t want you to know. It’s beyond obvious that YouTube is now little more than a bludgeon used by the powerful.