Tech millionaire Steve Kirsch from the funder of the covid trial to the misinformation supersheast
And while Morris believes all claims about vaccine safety need to be properly scrutinized— “Is it possible that there is another rare side effect of vaccines that we don’t yet know about? Yeah, it’s possible, ”he told me – he also says that he has regularly seen Kirsch manipulate evidence so that it thus supports claims that are, in fact, baseless. In fact, he wasn’t intentionally sourced for a Kirsch number.
In September, Kirsch emailed Morris asking him to estimate the number of deaths caused by vaccines. “Who knows,” Morris replied. “But not 150K. And not zero.”
Kirsch immediately passed the exchange to me and, I suspect, other reporters. “BOMBSHELL: The professor of leading biostats says WE DON’T TRUST # of people who are DEAD from COVID vaccines,” he wrote. “He thinks #killed by vax could be anywhere between 0 and 150K people died.”
Those who know Kirsch say this is a typical tactic. He was adept at debate, quickly turning research into a conversation to put someone on the back foot.
“He may not be a good scientist, but he’s smart,” WVU’s Feinberg said. “She is very convinced. Maybe he was a good seller of snake oil. ”
I experienced this myself when, on one call, we discussed several studies. Kirsch told me that “meta-analyzes have a much higher level of evidence than selected controlled trials.” When I replied that the meta-analyzes were very good on the data they were based on, he said “I want to understand your source of that, because I didn’t find a source that said stage 3 trial. more evidence than a meta-analysis. ”
“If you know me, you have to say that Steve Kirsch isn’t going with the majority of votes in interpreting the data.”
While combining the results of several well-designed trials can strengthen a controversy or elicit patterns that are not visible in small samples, a meta-analysis is only worth the features. of it; any single well -done experiment is more beneficial than combining the consequences of many poorly done. Still, just now, his question was dropping me, and I was exhausted.
Perhaps Kirsch’s most effective tactic, though, is his willingness to excel. During our first conversation, which turned into a multi-hour Zoom session, Kirsch entered the rooms of his cave house with his phone mounted at chest level, rarely looking at the camera. Thirty minutes later at the end of our scheduled time, he dropped his phone on the owner of his Tesla cup so he could continue talking as he ran.
“If you need to get to know me, you have to say that Steve Kirsch isn’t going to go with the majority of votes in interpreting the data,” he told me when I asked about his views on ivermectin, which he insisted. a silver bullet against the covid. “If you want to find someone to debate with me on ten thousand dollars, or on a thousand dollars, I’m happy to do so, just for your benefit.”
Later, a press representative who listened, David Satterfield, turned on his microphone to suggest that we end our conversation via email. After I finished the Zoom meeting, Satterfield called me to apologize for cutting us off. “I’m just tired,” he said, before asking to be told the record.
A web of influence
None of this matters whether Kirsch’s views on vaccination are private, or shared with a limited audience. But as Kirsch struggled with the experts he first surrounded, he raised others who shared his view of vaccines-which, in turn, gave a broad and compelling audience to his claims about a deal with fluvoxamine.
His appearance at a stage in anti-covid-vaccine, pro-ivermectin pundit Bret Weinstein’s Darket Horor podcast, co Robert Malone, a notorious source of vaccine misinformation, introduced Kirsch to followers of the “intellectual web,” which has since embraced him as a fellow truth-telling agent. He has also produced numerous videos and podcasts Vladimir Zelenko, the doctor conspiring with the theory that Trump was convinced to take hydroxychloroquine.
While YouTube regularly captures the full video of the DarkHorse stage, various clips have been viewed over 4 million times, and the full audio remains available on Spotify.