A former news executive at Sky News is revealing how the Covid pandemic was used to push intense propaganda and made claims based on very little to no evidence, all while shutting down descending voices.
Mark Sharmantold Great Britain News’ Dan Wootton that media coverage of the Covid pandemic was coordinated to traumatize viewers.
'It created an environment which led to the biggest assault on freedom of speech and democracy I’ve known in my lifetime.'
Ex-Sky & ITV News Executive Mark Sharman on Ofcom's warning to 'not question the official Government line.’
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“I know this is quite a big deal for you to come out from behind the camera where you’ve been an executive in the industry for so long,” Wootton said to Sharman. “But I know you want to do it because you have been so disturbed by the coverage of many of your former colleagues, the organizations that you worked for over the course of the pandemic. So can you just start by explaining this chilling warning that Ofcom gave near the start of the pandemic and how you think that may have impacted the coverage?”
“I, well, I definitely think it impacted, it’s not so much an Ofcom regulation,” Sharman responded. “It was advice or a warning actually.”
“Like a little bulletin, wasn’t it?” Wootton asked.
Sharman responded: “It was a warning to basically say, ‘do not question the official government line.’ Now to be fair to them, they said, you can have opposition voices on, but you must present as ‘must intervene if there’s any danger of harmful or misinformation.”
“So did that essentially turn presenters at the BBC, Sky News into, essentially, representatives of the government?” asked Wootton.
“I think it did,” Sharman responded. “Not just on-air talent. I think I think that warning affected all broadcasters. Most of the major broadcasters followed it and actually it was only the one or two little smaller ones who wouldn’t have that backup power who got caught.”
“I mean, a field community radio was censored for putting something out,” he continued. “But actually, I think what it’s led to, I think it’s created an environment which will lead to the biggest assault on freedom of speech and democracy I’ve known in my lifetime. I’ve never seen a warning from Ofcom like that. I’ve never seen the broadcasters toe the line and rather than question the government, they became cheerleaders for the government.”
“And why, Mark, why?” Wootton asked. “That is the question I always ask myself because surely the job of the BBC, ITV News, Sky News to have, you know, the places where you used to work, surely, the first job as a journalist is to question the government and to question the official narrative. So why did they not do that? When it came to lockdown in process.”
Sharman responded: “It is the first job. I mean, we’ve all been trained to ask, give both sides of a story and let the viewer decide. But clearly all the way through the pandemic, only one side of the story was given and the media, actually broadcasters and newspapers, picked up the thought that had been created by these behavioral psychologists and created this fear. The broadcasters picked it up with relish and that they really were spreaders of panic and fear.”
He said that “they bought absolutely into the propaganda.
“And I think it was very dangerous, but I think you have to probably look beyond Ofcom and beyond this country, because as you said this was a worldwide lockstep occurrence. And in parallel with media, you had big tech, new media who were censoring everything,” he continued.
Since the start of the pandemic, scientists have come forward to express regret for pushing totalitarian agendas. According to the Telegraph, “Scientists on a committee that encouraged the use of fear to control people’s behavior during the Covid pandemic have admitted its work was ‘unethical’ and ‘totalitarian’.”
“Members of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviour (SPI-B) expressed regret about the tactics in a new book about the role of psychology in the Government’s Covid-19 response,” the report continued.