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RealClearInvestigations' Picks of the Week
August 8 to August 14, 2021

 

Featured Investigation:
Part I: Medicine Is Getting Major Injections of Woke Ideology
That Will Likely Affect Your Health Care

The national racial reckoning over reparations and critical race theory is taking over the world of medicine and health care, John Murawski reports in the first of a two-part series for RealClearInvestigations. Murawski, whose influential articles have examined in-depth other aspects of the woke cultural revolution sweeping the United States, including education and the workplace, now reports that:

  • Elite medical journals, schools and centers are adopting social justice activism and vowing to dismantle “systemic racism” and “white supremacy” in their institutional cultures.
  • Some activist physicians describe the health care system with such ominous terms as a “medical caste system” or “medical apartheid.”
  • A fear factor is palpable in medicine even though the movement is just beginning reshape the practice. Rare is the doctor willing to publicly question claims of white privilege and implicit bias in health care.
  • Already doctors who have publicly pushed back have been demoted -- and have sued over retaliation.
  • A portent: Two editors of the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association resigned under pressure over a podcast airing skepticism that the United States is systemically racist.
  • Advocates say that because white doctors are racist, even if unconsciously so, more black doctors are needed -- but that could well mean jettisoning time-honored standards of grades and test scores.
  • Part 2 of the series: retaliation within the profession against dissenters and the life-and-death moral dilemmas of the new order.

 

Featured Investigation:
Part II: As Race 'Equity' Advances in Health Care,
Signs of a Chilling Effect on Dissent

The wide-ranging movement to bring “racial equity” to medicine is having an evident chilling effect on public dissent, John Murawski reports in the conclusion of a two-part series for RealClearInvestigations on the woking of health care. He reports:

  • Skeptics have been smacked down by Twitter campaigns, professional demotions and other blowback.
  • Top editors of Journal of the American Medical Association, both white, quit amid a furor over a podcast skeptical of “systemic racism.”
  • In Minneapolis, Hennepin Healthcare ousted a gynecologist from a top post after her series of Facebook posts criticizing critical race theory and Black Lives Matter.
  • An ethnic Chinese University of Pittsburgh cardiologist won a demotion after his peer-reviewed paper questioned the legality of affirmative action.
  • Such incidents feature eerily scripted language of public denunciation.
  • “Rise up, colleagues!” cried the Mayo Clinic’s diversity director in a Tweet over the perceived Pittsburgh outrage.
  • “Most in academic medicine who are troubled by this are keeping their heads down and keeping their mouths shut,” says a retired med school professor.
  • A sidebar covers the push to end colorblindness in patient care as an unethical, racist holdover benefiting whites -- even if the alternative means more people die.
  • Part 1 of the series on Wednesday gave an overview of the critical race movement taking over medicine.

Biden, Trump and the Beltway

Georgia: Workers Altered Ballots Rejected by Machines Just the News
Crime-Torn Oakland vs. Cori Bush on Cop Defunding Common Sense
The Trials of 'Redneck' Jan. 6 Officer Mike Fanone Time
Elite Pedigree of 'Redneck' Jan. 6 Officer Fanone American Greatness
Rand Paul Late Divulging Wife's Small COVID Stock Play Washington Post

Other Noteworthy Articles and Series

‘Lynchings in Mississippi Never Stopped’
The Washington Post
The lede of this article is arresting and disturbing: “Since 2000 there have been at least eight suspected lynchings of Black men and teenagers in Mississippi, according to court records and police reports.” That opening is also inflammatory and false. The article presents no information from court or police records supporting the lynching allegation. Instead it describes seven cases in which black men were found hanging from trees. The authorities, in some instances including Justice Department officials under administrations Democrat and Republican alike, ruled the deaths suicides; family members disagree (an eighth case was, in fact, a modern-day racial terror killing). Given this discrepancy, one would expect the reporter to delve into each case, and weigh the evidence for suicide – including the circumstances faced by the individuals, and any history of mental issues – against evidence of foul play. Instead, she covers each case in a few short paragraphs that tell how the person died but not why. Perhaps the reporter wanted to give voice to those who suspect lynchings are still occurring in Mississippi – but that impulse should be the beginning, not the end, of the journalistic process.

Black Degrees Rose, Wealth Gap Grew
Wall Street Journal
Black millennials thought college would help them get ahead. Instead, this article reports, it is setting them back. More than 84% of college-educated black households in their 30s have student debt, up from 35% three decades ago, when many baby boomers were at the same age. Although their real wages have risen, the median net worth for black households with college graduates in their 30s has fallen to $8,200 from about $50,400 three decades ago, a Wall Street Journal analysis found, in large part because of student debt. College costs have soared in recent years, but black students get less help from their parents to cover them than whites. In 2012, 64% of white families contributed an average of nearly $73,400 toward their college-age children’s education, according to a study of nearly 3,000 households published by the St. Louis Fed. Just 34% of black families assisted, at an average of $16,000.

Fuzzy Math of Corporate Carbon Claims
Wall Street Journal
From farm to bottler to supermarket cooler, a liter of Coca-Cola creates 346 grams of carbon dioxide emissions, the company’s data show. That’s less than half the tree-to-toilet 771-gram carbon footprint of a mega roll of Charmin Ultra Soft toilet paper, as measured by the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental group. Such surprisingly – and suspiciously – precise numbers will become more common, this article reports, as investors increase pressure on businesses to disclose the emissions of greenhouse gases related to their products and services, consistent with Wall Street's broader environmental, social and governance (ESG) push. Regulators are starting to ask about that, too. Within the next couple of years, every public company in the U.S. might well be required to report climate information. Like calorie counts on menus, the climate data would be designed to help buyers of shares know what they are getting. Perhaps. But calorie counts – which most people understand – have not made people stop eating Big Macs. Gleaning the meaning of grams of carbon may test the science skills of almost every American, let alone our investing acumen.

Ultrawealthy Shaped Trump’s Tax Cut
ProPublica
In 2017, GOP Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin set his price for his eventual support of President’s Trump proposed tax overhaul: a tax break for a class of companies called “pass-throughs” because the profits pass through to their owners. Johnson praised such companies as “engines of innovation.” This article reports that two of Johnson’s key financial supporters – Dick and Liz Uihlein of packaging giant Uline, along with roofing magnate Diane Hendricks, who together had contributed around $20 million to groups backing Johnson’s 2016 reelection campaign – enjoyed $215 million in tax deductions in 2018 alone thanks to the new law. Drawing from stolen IRS records it acquired, ProPublica reports that “the tax break did more than just give a lucrative, and legal, perk to Johnson’s donors. In the first year after Trump signed the legislation, just 82 ultrawealthy households collectively walked away with more than $1 billion in total savings, an analysis of confidential tax records shows.”

Coronavirus Investigations

Top Med Journals Helped Suppress China Lab Leak Debate
UnHerd
Key science journals, supposed to promote unfettered debate among experts, instead pushed the idea that anyone questioning the notion that COVID-19 originated with the natural transmission from animals was a conspiracy nut. Prestigious publications including The Lancet, Nature and Scientific American have already come under fire for their roles in limiting debate – while sparking concern over the Chinese ties of their corporate owners. Newly released emails are provoking serious questions over the conduct of another influential journal, Emerging Microbes & Infections. Last February, it published a widely-cited commentary by four US-based scientists under the title: “No credible evidence supporting claims of the laboratory engineering of Sars-CoV-2 [COVID-19].” The emails mention comments and changes suggested by Shi Zhengli, popularly known as "Bat Woman," a top researcher at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which is a prime suspect in the lab leak theory. This article reports that the writers and editors involved with the article were aware that the virus could have been generated in a lab, and worked to downplay the possibility.

How Mask Studies Challenge CDC Guidance
City Journal
Health authorities probably got it right the first time when they declared that face masks offer little if any protection from COVID-19. As then Surgeon General Jerome Adams tweeted on February 29, 2020: “Folks who don’t know how to wear them properly tend to touch their faces a lot and actually can increase the spread of coronavirus.” This article provides a sweeping review of the scientific literature to argue that the studies the CDC has relied on to defend mask mandates are rather weak. The best available research suggests – contra the CDC – that not only are masks are not very helpful, but they may make matters worse by providing people with a false sense of safety which can lead them to forgo other effective protective measures such as washing their hands regularly and maintaining safe social distancing.

Other Coronavirus Investigations

Japan Hid New COVID Strain Before Olympics Daily Beast
Delta Pandemic: Variant Battles Part of a Longer War Washington Post
The Delta Variant Is Sending More Children to the Hospital NY Times
Vaccine Scammers Pose as Middlemen to Nations Wall Street Journal



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