I want to speak clearly. In the evolution of democracy the first step is this: citizens outside the Party, including writers, should not have to applaud things with which they do not agree. To make anyone do so is unfair and unworthy of man. But to force a writer to do so is to make him sick in spirit, for a writer’s element, his profession, is to tell the truth. (And if he does not tell the truth he is only a slave or a paid scribbler.)
–The Hungarian Revolution, Melvin Lasky
CBS Minnesota has broadcast another solid and unafraid piece about Rico. This is a “period piece,” in the sense that this period, now, is characterized by a breaking down of the 29 year media trance that held that you could not say things like, “the same prescription they believe almost killed their daughter,” and expect to have a job the next morning; [Italics mine]
This piece actually behaves like real media, not like AIDS media. It doesn’t use much AIDS-speak or manifest the trained hostility toward any hint of “AIDS denialism.” The family is treated with sympathy. Normalized.
The $350 billion HIV/AIDS juggernaut has run the media with sophisticated cattle prods for 29 years, but now they media is breaking away. Where’s Laurie Garrett? Where’s TAG? Gregg Gonzalves? Richard Jefferys? AIDStruth.org? John P Moore? Where are the sanctimonious letters expressing their “disappointment” at CBS, and how they “trusted” them and felt “betrayed?” Why haven’t they condemned the station, issued manifestos, made demands about equal time on CBS Minnesota for news stories touting the efficacy of AIDS drugs, and set time limits of when they expected to see everybody involved in this fired and the footage retracted and “apologized’ for? Where is the dog and pony show we all get dragged through every time? How come they’re so quiet?
This is the key. The last piece, also posted here, that CBS ran last week, was very bold. Not only did nobody get fired, but CBS ran another one. To my mind, that means it’s over. We can all go back to our lives.
They know one thing, that gang, that I know too: Stalin would have agreed with me. The one thing they had was en effective cloud of condemnation and/or mockery around “denialists.” The moment that condemnation turns to neutrality, the moment that clenched fist cracks open–it’s over. They had nothing else. They had what every Maoist bully has–temporary control by use of fear, guilt, shaming, intimidation and conformity. Just as Robespierre knew he was done for when the people started laughing.
Reality, now that’s good stuff. That’s why I always placed my chips there. I always knew that one day, the “denialist” cry would wear thin, dissipate, that two plus two would once again equal four, and that abnormal responses to atrocious, bogus “scientific” claims would no longer be forthcoming from the entire press corps. And I am not surprised that the uprising, the Gdansk ship yard of this nightmare, would be out of Minnesota.
It’s 4:32 am in New York, March 12, 2013, and I declare the [essential part of the] war over. A $350 billion dollar apparatus is not dismantled overnight, but it has lost the minds and hearts of the American people, and even, the American media. It doesn’t get much more American than CBS Minnesota.
No “denialists” need to struggle any further, or explain, or defend. The darkness has been exposed, and it was the darkness you all were decrying, and which you were told you had imagined. You were told you were “denying” reality when in fact you were documenting it, as it was erased, again and again, before your eyes.
“In my estimate there is no question that it is over, that they are obviously wrong,” said Dr. Christian Fiala, in a telephone conversation this weekend. We were discussing why there is such a death wish against those who are HIV antibody positive who succeed in living well and being healthy. This part always baffled me. Why are they so disinterested in “survivors?” So hostile toward them, even.
“The only good HIV positive is a dead HIV positive, because the dead confer the dogma,” Fiala said. “The fact that there are those who continue to live is a provocation, so they have to make sure these people die. This is not so complicated. They’re just concerned with keeping their business going.”
Vera Sharav, of Alliance For Human Research Protection, one of the most astute and independent minded watchers of the crumbling pharmaceutical state empire, stressed in a phone call. “It’s not industry. It’s not pharma. It’s government and academia. That’s where the real disease is. ”
Aghast at the story of Rico, and unable to comprehend the transparent propaganda of the “cured” (abducted) HIV positive toddler in Mississippi, Vera made the following remarks, about the AIDS arm of the pharmaceutical industry: “It’s a bankrupt business. This is the last gasp. In all these years that you’ve been at this, where has AIDS gone? Where is it? The actual numbers have gone way down. You really have to look at it from the business angle. It’s a last ditch effort and it’s not gonna work. If they themselves say 200 babies, what kind of epidemic is that? They make more on the flu. In a way you’re keeping them alive when you keep them fencing with you.There’s nothing there.”
“Can they make men behave like gentlemen again?” I said. “Guaranteed blockbuster.”