PolitiFact Fake News At A Glance:
- Dr. Nathan Thompson used lab testing to monitor his patient’s immune response.
- PolitiFact attempted to twist the story and declare it false.
- PolitiFact’s reputation for fact checking questioned.
In a recent video, Dr. Nathan Thompson, a Wellness Way affiliate in the Yorkville, Illinois area, shared some insights on a patient’s immune response labs. Dr. Thompson explained his patient’s lab results and how he had helped guide a patient through a wellness journey that included balancing immune markers, losing significant weight, and even relieving symptoms of type 2 diabetes. From being unable to walk a mile to now running 5k’s, the patient had turned his lifestyle around. The man’s health restoration was well documented in lab tests and bloodwork. His immune response markers all indicated health and showed within a normal, vital range, truly a health victory!
When the patient was confronted by his employer, he complied and took the COVID vaccinations. Dr. Nathan suggested they run some labs to be clear as to where the man’s immune response was functioning. Many doctors and professionals who advocate for vaccines suggest a heightened immune response as the body handles the injected viruses and adjuvants that make the vaccines work. With the new mRNA vaccines, Dr. Nathan sought to help his patient maintain the healthy immune system he had worked so hard for. With no long-term data, there are still many unknowns.
What Dr. Nathan saw on the test results raised all kinds of concerns. Sharing the patient’s labs with permission on the video, Dr. Nathan explained, using the simple facts of numbers, how the man’s adaptive immune response dropped off, leaving him more susceptible to infection and unable to respond in the way vaccine proponents suggest. As he explained the components of the immune response, Dr. Nathan explained how the numbers indicated damage to tissue, a typical autoimmune response, and a decreased ability to respond to an infection, the very thing the vaccine is supposed to help the body do!1
Considering reports of breakthrough infections and tissue damage such as myocarditis and pericarditis, these immune markers make sense. However, Dr. Nathan’s thorough testing was called into question when “fact checkers” from PolitiFact came calling.
What is PolitiFact?
PolitiFact is an organization tapped by Facebook, Google, YouTube, and other organizations to cut down on information that violates their “community standards.” PolitiFact has a history of tagging articles, videos, and comments made by politicians and rating them true or false. The company is run as a non-profit under the Poynter Institute for Media Studies located in St. Petersburg, Florida.2 The PolitiFact “fact-checkers” typically favor leftist views and have frequently been criticized for less fact-checking and more opinion-casting on statements made by conservatives.3 PolitiFact isn’t limited to the U.S. Under the Poynter Media Group, the International Fact Checking Network spans the world. With a robust team of fact-checkers building out a database of information deemed false, the organization has become quite focused on the COVID narrative.2
Just in time for the 2008 presidential election, PolitiFact made its debut to rate statements made by politicians and candidates. With a rating system from “True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, False, and Pants on Fire,” the self-appointed fact checking system has developed a reputation for commentary from their preferred point of view. Critics of the fact checkers state the organizations aren’t checking facts as true or false as much as weighing in with their opinions3:
Critics from across the political spectrum have said that PolitiFact’s rulings categorize as “true” or “false” many matters that are truly matters of opinion, or for which there is not enough information to make a judgment, or that are simply predictions about whether they will come true in the future.
For example, left-wing MSNBC commentator Rachel Maddow took issue with PolitiFact’s presentation of opinions and analyses around President Barack Obama’s 2012 State of the Union address as “facts” subject to checking. She criticized the service saying, “You [Politifact] are undermining the definition of the word ‘fact’ in the English language by pretending to it in your name. The English language wants its word back. You are an embarrassment. You sully the reputation of anyone who cites you as an authority on fact-ishness, let alone fact.”
Similarly, libertarian Cato Institute health policy expert Michael Cannon, whom PolitiFact had regularly used as a resource for health care-related analysis, withdrew his participation in PolitiFact in 2011 because PolitiFact characterized statements that were at most mistaken – and arguably correct – as “Lies of the Year.”3
Fake News List
In April of 2019, Poynter published a list of 515 news sites it deemed “unreliable.” The UnNews list came under swift scrutiny and was quickly retracted.3,4
Poynter made it clear that one goal of its UnNews database was to cause financial harm to listed media outlets by providing a blacklist that could automate advertiser boycotts of publishers for reasons that included “some kinds of political messaging.”3
In reality, many verdicts handed down by PolitiFact align closer with the title of “fake news.” In 2016, when Facebook announced they’d be using PolitiFact as their fact checker, critics weighed in once again. In a Breitbart article, several instances of PolitiFact’s shortcomings and misinformed judgments exposed just how misleading the term “fact checker” can be. With the task of pointing out “fake news” on the line, PolitiFact seemed to be chasing down how to report fake news rather than pointing it out.
Contributors: Soros, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Clintons
Because Poynter Media is a 501c3, their donors are listed and open for review. According to influencewatch.org, some of the contributors include George Soros’s Open Society Foundation,5 The Newmark (founder of Craig’s List) Philanthropies, and the Google News Initiative.3 In 2015, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was also a high-ranking contributor.6
YouTube Community Standards
This past week YouTube adjusted their community standards to ban anything that spoke unfavorably about any vaccines. According to their statement:
“Specifically, content that falsely alleges that approved vaccines are dangerous and cause chronic health effects, claims that vaccines do not reduce transmission or contraction of disease, or contains misinformation on the substances contained in vaccines will be removed,” YouTube wrote.8
Hold the Phone — Doc’s Thoughts:
Dr. Nathan Thompson’s knowledge of the immune system is far beyond what most doctors have experience with. Let’s take a look at what PolitiFact had to say about what Dr. Nathan shared.
First of all, if we look at the words they are using, we can see how their verdict lines up with what we hear is their M.O. from the above statements. Dr. Thompson knows his patient. He’s been watching this gentleman’s labs over the course of time. Dr Thompson described his patient’s immune response as “tanked.” The PolitiFact respondents said it didn’t come close to showing a crashed or suppressed immune system. These respondents hadn’t been following this patient; they were unfamiliar with his personal situation. Which is ironically one of the biggest concerns we have with these vaccines: people aren’t getting advice from their specific doctors who know their unique health situation.
One of the doctors who responded said, “Things change all the time without it mattering much. In the absence of more information, these numbers don’t mean anything to me.”
My point exactly. These numbers don’t mean much to him. Dr. Nathan talked about that, in fact he laid out all kinds of information they didn’t seem to take into account. These doctors aren’t monitoring immune responses. They don’t know what to do with these numbers since there aren’t pharmaceuticals to prescribe to correct them. These tests could be used by any doctor, but they’re not. Dr. Nathan did a phenomenal job of laying out what these numbers are and how they reflect the immune system.
Another doctor mentioned that these numbers aren’t worrisome. One of our favorite lines at The Wellness Way is that “common doesn’t mean normal.” Just because this doctor isn’t worried about these numbers, I’d be worried about the patients he’s seeing. If we take into consideration the autoimmune response Dr. Nathan laid out for us, it’s likely this doctor is frequently seeing patients who have “tanked” immune systems. I’m concerned for his patients. We have a population where many people around us have an autoimmune response and those numbers are rising. We have no idea if this doctor is referencing patients with a healthy immune response or other patients with autoimmune responses.
These doctors stated they didn’t see these blood counts in phase 3 trials. We don’t know what kind of tests they are running. In fact, those trials aren’t completed for Pfizer (the trial linked in the PolitiFact response) until May of 2023.
We can refute what these doctors are saying all day long. They are speaking in generals without reference to a specific patient, or what types of tests they did conduct. Their whole argument is that, “The notion that vaccines weaken the immune system wasn’t observed in clinical trials for the vaccines where blood counts were obtained.” My question: which blood tests, which trials? What was observed?
Will the True Misinformation Step Forward?
Dr. Nathan laid out his concerns clearly, with documented evidence. The burden of proof isn’t on him. It’s on these commentators who aren’t using clear communication in their rebuttals.
When you read reputable research journals, the contributors have to indicate any conflicting interests. I do find it interesting that some of the same investors for PolitiFact have conflicting interests. Recently, Soros and Gates have invested in COVID testing businesses.9,10
Can we talk about YouTube’s new policy? How many approved vaccines and other products have later been found to be dangerous and later are recalled? What makes it misinformation if the information just hasn’t been revealed yet? Did you see that one line about contraction and transmission? Did you see that CDC director Rochelle Walensky stated that vaccinated people can transmit the virus with the same viral load as the unvaccinated? That breakthrough infections are a very real concern and vaccinated people can still contract COVID?. So, does that mean we can’t speak the truth?
Dr. Nathan followed science. He used labs to test his patient’s immune system. The numbers don’t lie. He followed science.
If you have concerns about your immune response or would like to know more about how we help support each of our patients on their unique health journey, reach out to a Wellness Way clinic. Unlike many doctors, we do know how to test your immune response and help guide you on your journey to restoring health!