For well over two years now, people across the world have been forced by their governments and “experts” to muzzle their faces with cloth masks, take shots that didn’t stop them from catching, spreading, or dying from COVID-19, and adhere to a laundry list of utterly stupid guidelines like wearing a mask into a restaurant only to take it off at the table.
Despite long-established evidence that cloth masks do not stop airborne viral transmission, admission by the tyrants that the vaccines aren’t 100% effective, and most of their guidelines being proven futile, from coast to coast, not a single one of these tyrants has admitted they were wrong.
Meet mainstream media’s lead covid authoritarian since 2020, CNN’s Dr. Leana Wen, who was a mouthpiece for tyranny during this entire mess.
In early 2021, Wen went so far as to compare American citizens to donkeys who need to be led around by a “carrot” on a stick in order to coerce them to take the vaccines—which at the time were being touted as 100% effective and our way out of the pandemic.
“We have a very a very narrow window to tie reopening policy to vaccination status,” she said at the time. “Otherwise, if everything is reopened, what’s the carrot going to be? How are we going to incentivize people to get the vaccine?” she asked.
She then called on the CDC and Biden to “come out a lot bolder” and tell people that “if you’re vaccinated, you can do all these things…Otherwise, people are going to go out and enjoy these freedoms anyway.”
Then in late 2021, something began to shift and Wen took a step down a path to redemption when she admitted that “Cloth masks are little more than facial decorations. There’s no place for them in light of Omicron.” In early 2022, she continued down this path saying:
The responsibility should shift from a government mandate imposed from the state or the local district of the school … it should shift to an individual responsibility by the family, who can still decide that their child can wear a mask if needed.”
For Wen to make this concession was no small feat as she had vehemently pushed the establishment’s narrative for over a year, resulting in grave consequences.
But that was just the beginning. Fast forward to later in 2022, and Wen would make a telling admission that the policies—for which she advocated—had harmed her own children.
Before the following concession, Wen previously stated that children returning to school need to be forced to wear industrial grade face masks and should be subjected to weekly COVID tests until they are fully vaccinated.
But now, that has changed.
In an op-ed for The Washington Post, Wen stated “It became clear that the goal I’d hoped for—containment of COVID-19—was not reachable. This coronavirus is here to stay.”
“With this new, indefinite time frame, the benefit-risk calculus of mitigation measures shifted dramatically. I was willing to limit my children’s activities for a year or two but not for their entire childhood,” she continued. “Masking has harmed our son’s language development, and limiting both kids’ extracurriculars and social interactions would negatively affect their childhood and hinder my and my husband’s ability to work.”
Being able to change her own mind and seemingly question “The ScienceTM” for which she had been a brutal enforcer, has appeared to change Wen who doubled down this week by standing against legislation that is detrimental to doing just that.
In an op-ed on Monday, Wen railed against the recently passed censorship bill in California, AB 2098. As we pointed out when the bill passed, this new law will punish doctors who challenge the establishment. For questioning the “experts,” doctors could lose their licenses or worse—a chilling notion, according to the newly reformed Wen.
“While well-intentioned, this legislation will have a chilling effect on medical practice, with widespread repercussions that could paradoxically worsen patient care,” she said.
“AB 2098, taken to the extreme, could put many practitioners at risk. But is it really right for physicians to be threatened with suspension or revocation of their license for offering nuanced guidance on a complex issue that is hardly settled by existing science?” she asked.
Exactly what led to Wen’s recent revelation is unclear but the end results are clear as day. Sure, what she did and advocated for caused harm, even to her own children. But the fact that it did hurt her own children proves she was well intentioned yet misinformed.
No one here is saying that we should begin to follow her orders or accept her as credible now but the mere fact that she is admitting she was wrong is how progress is made. Imagine the effects of more covid tyrants who inadvertently caused harm, coming forward and admitting they were wrong.
There are likely countless professionals who pushed the establishment’s orders who now regret it. And it must be acceptable, nay, welcomed for them to come forward and atone. If we foster the environment which we currently have—that encourages people to never apologize or admit they were wrong—we can expect more of the same…lies, lies, and more lies.
Admissions like this seek to foster trust and cooperation and if there is anything that the last 30 months have taught us, it’s that these values have become rare commodities.
So, while Wen is certainly no bastion of COVID-19 freedom, her concessions are certainly based in logic and reason and they remind us that it is important not to become the monsters we’ve been fighting for years.
This article was originally featured at The Free Thought Project and is republished with permission.