This evening, Twitter permanbanned COVID denier and anti-mask/anti-vaxx extremist Alex Berenson, who The Atlantic dubbed as “The Pandemic’s Wrongest Man.” Berenson has appeared on Fox “News” programming numerous times over the past year and half or so— mainly on Tucker Carlson Tonight— to lie about the severity of the COVID pandemic, masks, and vaccines, among other things.
One of the most prominent voices against public health measures during the pandemic has been banned from Twitter.
In April, Alex Berenson was branded by The Atlantic as “The Pandemic’s Wrongest Man.”
The article noted that his misinformation on the pandemic was frequently picked up by Fox News.
Alex Berenson, memorably dubbed “The Pandemic’s Wrongest Man,” has been permanently suspended from Twitter after yet another anti-vaccine tweet.
According to NBC senior reporter Ben Collins, a Twitter spokesperson told him that Berenson’s account was permanently suspended for “repeated violations of our COVID-19 misinformation rules.”
The tweet that reportedly triggered Berenson’s suspension criticized the vaccine as being unable to stop infection or transmission and having a “terrible side effect profile.”
In the world of conservative media, author Alex Berenson is a star. Thanks in large part to his relentless Twitter criticism of how mainstream media and Democratic politicians have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, Berenson now regularly appears as an expert on Fox News and One America News Network shows. No, he’s not a scientist or a doctor (he has degrees in economics and history from Yale); he’s something even more valuable to right-wing media outlets. Berenson is a former New York Times reporter who is willing to lean hard on his résumé for credibility — while advancing the types of arguments these conservative outlets had been making already.
It is way past time for Twitter to give Berenson the heave-ho off the platform.
Berenson has circumvented the ban with creating a new Twitter account, with his handle (@GenRescue). Hopefully it gets mothballed out of existence.
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