The First Casualty of War is Always the Truth
The Scottish Family Practitioner Malcolm Kendrick said in a recent blog about COVID-19:
“It is said that the first casualty of war is the truth. Never has this been more certain that with COVID. In this case, first we killed the truth, then we killed science, then we beat inconvenient facts to death with a club, then we starting killing scientists who opposed or criticized the developments. It’s all extraordinarily depressing. “
And recently we heard the following anecdote:
“A patient asked his doctor:” When will the corona crisis be over? “
The doctor replied: “I don’t know, because I am not a politician!”
We are a growing group of critically thinking scientists and not politicians; we have no interest in a particular opinion or the financial donations of the pharmaceutical industry, but after five months of the “corona crisis” none of us understand the policy pursued in relation to the catastrophic consequences for healthy individuals and society as a whole. To my surprise, there is no dialogue, the media follows a certain rigid course (bought up?), politics is truly incomprehensible and the influence of critical thinkers and barricade climbers is marginal and is generously ridiculed (conspiracy thinkers). It is taboo to be critical of COVID-19 with all the consequences that entails if you do so. And that, to speak to Malcolm Kendrick, is “Extraordinary Depressing.” Associates are made with the times of the Inquisition and the witch persecution.
I have said from the start of the pandemic, “There is more in the world than COVID-19”. By this I meant to say that we believe that the “COVID dixit” credo unfairly controls the world completely and that there are many more diseases and urgent issues to worry about. Therefore, many critical medical doctors will now be more concerned with diseases other than COVID-19 and devote their critical thinking and time to it. They need to be given more attention.
Today, people in and outside the hospitals are seeing the consequences of five months of fear of the supposed ‘killer virus’: a meter and a half of rules everywhere and the real impossibility to follow them everywhere and adequately. People who cover their mouths and noses with all kinds of non-medical face masks. Some are efficient, but most are not at all and are even counterproductive. Everywhere people see people working inexpertly and inefficiently with sprays and gels under the assumption that they are fighting ‘THE virus’ with this. We repeatedly hear that the Massa Media talks in terrible language, panting and uncritically about outbreaks, infections, fights, fires and victims in a bizarre shame and blame mode to young people, who after five months, understandably, are more than fed up with it and want social contact again. Social contact that is binding and normal, but that will be grossly fined in case of a ‘violation’ found.
And in intensive care, ….. there we doctors now hardly notice the supposed ‘second wave’ and the ‘increasing number of infections’. Today (25 August 2020), critically ill people are in intensive care of practically all hospitals throughout Europe, but without COVID-19. Many of them are much sicker and more damaging than COVID-19 patients. One fifth of them will not survive intensive care treatment and those who do survive will often have to go through a long and arduous rehabilitation process. Many will experience and live with the consequences of their serious illness for years, many often for life. In this respect, the ‘normal’ IC survivors really do not differ from the COVID-19 survivors. But the mass media makes us think differently. That the COVID-19 survivors are unique and their suffering unprecedented, but that is really not the case. In fact, many non-COVID-19 intensive care survivors are much worse off. That is why I keep saying: ‘There is more than COVID-19’, but because you hardly notice this in the MS media, politics and society,
Nursing staff will not applaud Non-COVID-19 intensive care survivors for their dismissal and the Mass Media and the usual talk shows only pay attention to COVID-19 survivors but ignore any other patient who survived a treatment in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU). For the Mass Media and the general public alike, Non-COVID-19 survivors are of no interest.
Question: “can one stop the pandemic (casedemic?) by not watching the Mass Media news channels and by reading Mass Media newspapers anymore?”
What if there are no independent Mass Media in the world? What if 90% or more of the Mass Media is owned by less than 15 billionaires? Would that explain why there is no independent press anymore?
Well, wake up friends! 15 Billionaires own America’s Mass Media News Companies
News that billionaire Peter Thiel was funding Hulk Hogan’s trial against news website Gawker set the media and technology worlds on fire; sparking a conversation about the ultra-wealthy’s role in controlling the news. While a billionaire secretly funding a lawsuit to take down a news outlet may be a new way of using money to influence the media business, billionaires have long exerted influence on the news simply by owning U.S. media outlets. And the situation in Europe is not much better.
Some billionaires, like Rupert Murdoch and Michael Bloomberg are longtime media moguls who made their fortunes in the news business. Others, like Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, bought publications as a side investment after building a substantial fortune in another industry. Billionaires own major parts or all of several of America’s most influential national newspapers, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, in addition to magazines, local papers and online publications, and cable television networks.
In July 2020, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is considered the richest person in the world. His personal wealth is now estimated to be $175bn, having made tens of billions during the Covid-19 pandemic. Amazon boss Jeff Bezos even has plans to take the human race into space.
Several other billionaires, including Comcast CEO Brian Roberts and Liberty Media Chairman John Malone, own or control cable TV networks that are very powerful but not primarily news focused.
Here’s a look at some of the billionaires who own news media in the United States:
Michael Bloomberg – Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Media
Michael Bloomberg, the richest billionaire in the media business, returned to his eponymous media company in September 2014, eight months after stepping down as mayor of New York City. One notable sign of his influence on the publication: Michael Bloomberg doesn’t appear on Bloomberg’s Billionaires Index. FORBES pegs his net worth at $45.7 billion. Bloomberg cofounded his financial data company in 1981 with Charles Zegar and Thomas Secunda, both of whom are now billionaires as well thanks to their minority equity stakes in Bloomberg LP. The company expanded into business news coverage and has more than 2,000 reporters around the world. In 2009, Bloomberg LP bought Business Week magazine from McGraw Hill for a reported $5 million plus assumption of debt.
Rupert Murdoch – News Corp
Rupert Murdoch, former CEO of 21st Century Fox, the parent of powerhouse cable TV channel Fox News, may well be the world’s most powerful media tycoon. He is executive co-chairman of 21st Century Fox with his son Lachlan and is also chairman of News Corp, which owns The Wall Street Journal and other publications. Altogether, his family controls 120 newspapers across five countries. Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal also owns 1% of News Corp, after cutting down his holdings from 6% in early 2015.
Donald and Samuel “Si” Newhouse – Advance Publications
Donald Newhouse and his brother Samuel “Si” Newhouse inherited Advance Publications, a privately-held media company that controls a plethora of newspapers, magazine, cable TV and entertainment assets, from their father. Advance owns newspapers in 25 cities and towns across America and is the country’s largest privately-held newspaper chain. Conde Nast, a unit of Advance Publications, publishes magazines including Wired, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker and Vogue. Si stepped down as chairman of Conde Nast in 2015.
Cox Family – Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Cox Enterprises, owned by the billionaire Cox family, counts The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and a number of other daily papers among its many media investments. James Cox, the company founder and grandfather of current chairman Jim Kennedy, bought his first newspaper, the Dayton Ohio Evening News, in 1898. The Cox Media Group Division today owns the Journal-Constitution and six other daily newspapers, more than a dozen non-daily publications, 14 broadcast television stations, one local cable channel and 59 radio stations.
Jeff Bezos – The Washington Post
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos bought The Washington Post for $250 million in 2013. Since beginning his run for president, Trump has accused Bezos of using the Post to get tax breaks for Amazon and sending reporters after Trump. Bezos denied the allegations at a tech conference at the Washington Post in May. The Post’s reporters also defended themselves, saying that the paper has covered Amazon’s tax problems and that the Post’s editorial board’s stance on taxing online retailers hasn’t changed since Bezos bought the paper.
John Henry – The Boston Globe
Billionaire Red Sox owner John Henry purchased the Boston Globe in October 2013 for $70 million. Henry agreed to purchase the Globe just days after Bezos acquired the Washington Post. The Globe was previously owned by the New York Times for twenty years. At the time of his purchase, Henry said he didn’t plan to influence the paper’s sports coverage.
Sheldon Adelson – The Las Vegas Review-Journal
In December 2014, Las Vegas casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson secretly bought the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The newspaper’s own reporting outed the billionaire buyer, who reportedly arranged the $140 million deal through his son-in-law. Since then, there have been reports of Adelson influencing coverage of himself at a newspaper that in the past was often critical of the billionaire.
Joe Mansueto – Inc. and Fast Company magazines
Morningstar CEO Joe Mansueto made his $2.3 billion fortune at the investment and research firm he founded in 1984. One month after taking Morningstar public in 2005, Mansueto bought Inc. and Fast Company magazine from G&J USA. In a statement at the time, he wrote, “I wasn’t looking to buy a magazine. Or two, for that matter….I bought them because I’m passionate about their missions: their past, present, and future contributions.”
Mortimer Benjamin Zuckerman (*June 4, 1937)
Mortimer Zuckerman – US News & World Report, New York Daily News
Real estate billionaire Mortimer Zuckerman is the owner of both US News & World Report and the New York Daily News. Zuckerman serves as chairman and editor-in-chief of U.S. News & World Report, which he bought in 1984. In the years since, US News & World Report has made a name for itself with its lucrative rankings, including Best Colleges, Best Graduate School and Best Hospitals lists. Zuckerman bought the Daily News out of bankruptcy in 1993 and unsuccessfully tried to sell the tabloid newspaper for six months in 2015.
Mortimer Benjamin Zuckerman is a Canadian-American billionaire media proprietor, magazine editor, and investor. He is the co-founder, executive chairman and former CEO of Boston Properties, one of the largest real estate investment trusts in the US. Zuckerman is also the owner and publisher of U.S. News & World Report, where he serves as editor-in-chief. He formerly owned the New York Daily News, The Atlantic and Fast Company. On the Forbes 2016 list of the world’s billionaires, he was ranked No. 688 with a net worth of US$2.5 billion. As of January 2020, his net worth is estimated at US$ 3.0 billion.
Barbey family – Village Voice
In October 2015, investor Peter Barbey bought the Village Voice, a New York City alternative weekly, through his investment company Black Walnut Holdings LLC for an undisclosed price. Barbey is a member of the billionaire Barbey family, which made its fortune in textiles and manufacturing. In 1989, John Barbey started the Reading Globe and Mitten Manufacturing Company in Pennsylvania. His son J.E. Barbey took the company, which was then known as Vanity Fair Silk Mills, public in 1951 and the family still owns nearly 20% of the company. The family has also owned a local Pennsylvania paper, The Reading Eagle, for generations.
Stanley Hubbard – Hubbard Broadcasting
Media mogul Stanley Hubbard is CEO of Hubbard Broadcasting, which has 13 TV stations, including a number of ABC and NBC news affiliates in the Midwest, and 48 radio stations. In August, Hubbard bought a stake in PodcastOne, a one-stop shop app for podcasts, through Hubbard Broadcasting. Media runs in Hubbard’s family; his father started Minnesota’s first commercial TV station in 1923.
Patrick Soon-Shiong – Tribune Publishing Co.
On May 23, 2026, Tribune Publishing Co. announced that L.A. doctor and pharmaceutical billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong’s Nant Capital was investing $70.5 million into the media company, making Soon-Shiong the second-largest shareholder. He is now the vice chairman of the media company, which owns papers like The Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune. In an interview with CNBC, Soon-Shiong described his investment as an “opportunity to actually transform this newspaper world into this next generation.” In 2014, Tribune Publishing Co. was spun out of Tribune Company , which changed its name to Tribune Media Co. Tribune Co. had previously been owned by billionaire real estate investor Sam Zell, who took control of Tribune Co. in 2007. Less than a year later, the company went bankrupt. Four years later, Tribune Co. emerged from bankruptcy after being bought by Oaktree Capital Management, Angelo, Gordon & Co and JPMorgan Chase.
Carlos Slim Helu – The New York Times
The New York Times published an article last Friday criticizing the power that billionaires wield over media companies. One ultra-wealthy media investor not mentioned in the story: Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim Helu, who owns the largest individual stake in the Times. Slim more than doubled his stake in The New York Times in June 2015 to approximately 17% of the media company.
Warren Buffett – regional daily papers
Warren Buffett, as CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, has invested in a number of small newspapers and owns about 70 dailies today. In 2012, Berkshire Hathaway acquired 63 daily newspapers and weeklies in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama from Media General for $142 million.
Viktor Vekselberg – Gawker
Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg’s investment arm, Columbus Nova Technology Partners, bought a minority stake in Gawker in January 2016 for an undisclosed amount. The online media company took outside funding for the first time in anticipation of legal fees.
Bill Gates and his foundation pretty much owns the WHO as its largest donor and has major stock in leading pharmaceutical companies involved in developing vaccines (MODERNA, AstraZeneca, etc) and governments seem to consider Bill Gates as their leading virologist.
What is the bottom line?
The dynamics behind the COVID-19 pandemic are becoming completely incomprehensible and scientifically proven wrong;
All of medicine seems to have come to a stand-still to make space for COVID-19;
All over the USA and Europe, intensive care units have hardly any COVID-19 patients;
Since June 2020, hardly any COVID-19 deaths have been documented;
A new (Second) wave of COVID-19 should be on its way but the “new” infections were caused by significant increased number of testing by PCR and antibodies with a 48-50% false positive rate. And antibody tests may indicate the person has been infected by a coronavirus in previous years or had been vaccinated earlier by a “flu shot;”
In many European countries, fatal cases of COVID-19 were among patients with an average age of 82 and with significant underlying disease; like diabetes, cancer, COPD, heart disease, etc.
Practical all fatal cases were among patients who had been vaccinated against the flu in previous years: mainly by autoimmune diseases and Kawasaki Syndrom;
Therefore, although there is a “Second Wave,” there are no new ICU admissions to mention and no deaths. Thus, we will call this Second Wave on paper a “Casedemic:” A wave of cases of positive tests……..
The lockdowns and other restrictive measures of healthy people of whom 98,5% will survive any Corona infection as a regular flu anyway, have been out of proportion but amazingly, politicians and their advisors are unwilling to admit that and react with making their emergency laws even more restrictive. The global economic downturn will be at least 25% and the collateral damage is immense.