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NY Times Admits Masks Were Useless
Calls for official apologies and vindication of skeptics
For some time now, the Wall Street Journal has been cashing in on public antipathy towards COVID policies. Today, the NY Times dipped it toe in the water with an editorial that says masks didn't work, never worked, and that critics of masks should never have been silenced.
“The last justification for masks is that, even if they proved to be ineffective, they seemed like a relatively low-cost, intuitively effective way of doing something against the virus in the early days of the pandemic. But 'do something' is not science, and it shouldn’t have been public policy. And the people who had the courage to say as much deserved to be listened to, not treated with contempt. They may not ever
get the apology they deserve, but vindication ought to be enough."
Granted, this is still the NYT we're talking about, so part of the criticism of mask failure is that it gave us “permission to resume semi-normal life” (horrors!), and that the technocratic refusal to acknowledge reality became “an unwitting accomplice to the genuine enemies of science and reason - conspiracy theorists and quack-cure peddlers.”
Nonetheless, the fact that the NYT editorial page is willing to criticize the public health establishment should be taken for what it is: a long-overdue win.