For many months I have been unable to post at Craig Murray’s blog, not under my own name, nor under a pseudonym. It has nothing to do with being offensive but because the content I post does not support the coronavirus nonsense. I am not alone. Others have been banned from posting there too. There is at least one moderator who I suspect is a government agent. I get comments from him/her like:
[ MOD: Kindly desist from using this blog for pushing your highly dubious videos. This is a blatant attempt to use the latest subject to shoe-horn your Covid-19 denialist propaganda onto the blog. Do not do this again. ]
On 8 May 2020 I wrote the following after being accused more than once of denying the existence of Covid-19. To make the comment below clear I had written previously “Now if you don’t want me to comment that’s fine. I’d rather that than have comments perpetually going into moderation because you do not agree with them.” It went into moderation with a message from, I presume another moderator, that my complaint would be looked into “to synchronise policy across the team”.
John GossMay 9, 2020 at 20:21
Your comment is awaiting moderation
I have never denied the existence of Covid-19. Not once, not ever. You are the one distorting my viewpoint. And you are not the only one. If you go back and check you will see that this is true. While “perpetually” was the wrong word I do feel somewhat victimised.
The truthfulness of links I provide are in the links themselves. If they are false, or have false statements within them, I cannot be responsible for all they contain and it gives others an opportunity to dispute them. If there are false statements I should like to be aware myself. Like you seem to believe what gets bombarded at us from morning to night, I don’t. You have that right. And so do I.
[ Mod: Hello, John. Thank you for your response.
Your grievance will be examined by a different moderator, along with your other recent comments on this topic, to assess whether you have been treated fairly and to synchronise policy across the team.
On 12 May another inocuous comment went into moderation.
John GossMay 12, 2020 at 13:08
Your comment is awaiting moderation.
I believe, and your post tends to confirm this, that the main plan is to prevent social gatherings or people getting together anywhere in significant numbers where the “virus narrative” may be questioned and alternative perspectives presented. I still believe, as I did when prospects of a shutdown first started, that is[sic] is a means of controlling people. The virus is a dangerous and potential killer, particularly for the elderly and those with serious illness, but it is not a killer on the scale of a famine – which will most likely be the outcome if industry does not get going again.
I share here the blog of Dr Malcolm Kendrick, like you a Scot, whose blog I follow. His main speciality is heart disease and he has been working in care homes as well as a hospital with patients who have died from coronavirus.
[ Mod: John, your enquiry is still under consideration by the moderation team. We’re waiting on some communications, and obviously Craig has other priorities for the time being.
In the meantime, no further discussions about Covid-19 epidemiology or public health policy should be posted in the comment threads. Kindly take the debate to the discussion forum.
Thank you. ]
The discussion forum is like a naughty step where a few bad children can talk among themselves at a social distance.
Recently I commented at Craig’s blog under the pseudonym of Bob Bage (I wrote my thesis on English novelist Robert Bage d.1801 and set up a dedicated email account which I have hardly used since). I contacted Craig (at 2 email addresses to let him know I was doing this). I was able to continue commenting for about a week but my views proved so pernicious to the moderators (even though they were well-balanced and well thought out comments) that I cannot comment there now even under that moniker.
I have a theory that Craig is not allowed to run his blog unless government agents are the moderators. It was not always like that. If there was ever a discussion about the nature of my commenting – and I doubt it – the outcome was never passed on to me.
My respect for Craig Murray is undiminished. He is one of the better journalists outside of the corporate cesspool.