by Guy Page
Claudia Stauber is a Vermont online journalist with 60,000 followers on YouTube and other social media. Despite this hefty audience, she has been denied permission to ask questions at Governor Scott’s pandemic press conferences.
Stauber, host of “Cabin Talk,” explains on the second Open Exchange Video episode, “Media Misinformation and Censorship,” how Gov. Scott’s press people have denied her a spot in the press conference. She wants to ask questions that aren’t being asked – like problems with the PCR Covid-19 testing, which she says has been quietly dropped by the CDC.
Its use authorization will expire Dec. 31, according to a recent CDC statement. A spokesperson for the Vermont Dept. of Health told Vermont Daily Chronicle the EUA will expire because other, better testing exists.
Media and government silence about social media bans is just symbolically feed the fire of intolerance, Stauber, a native of Germany, said. “This is a modern-day book burning. Being deleted on Facebook is the modern-day book burning. The Kristelnacht [an orchestrated night of violent oppression of Jews] in Germany in the late 1930’s – we’re heading there now.”
She and Vermont Daily Chronicle editor Guy Page – who is a regular at the press conferences – were the featured guests on the second OEV video, now airing on Brattleboro Community Television. The episode is entitled “Media Misinformation and Censorship.” Stauber, Page and host Mark Borax cite examples and trace the history of the Vermont and national media’s unwillingness to ask (and if necessary, re-ask) tough questions about Covid-19 pandemic policies.
Page recalls how, as an intern at the Burlington Press in 1979, he was taught that “the one question that you’re afraid to ask, that maybe you think they don’t want you to ask, is the one question you’ve got to ask. Once the pandemic hit, and there became this narrative of ‘we’re all in this together,’ the media sort of agreed to become the information arm of the government. There was was questioning, but no real challenging of the narrative, because ‘hey, lives were at stake,’ and it’s almost like ‘lose lips sink ships,’ during World War II. And who wants to be accused of killing someone?”
Stauber isn’t the only journalist who has been kicked to the curb of Gov. Scott’s televised press conferences. In the video, Page explains how NEKTV host Steve Merrill was disinvited from the queue of reporters because, he was told by administration officials, they had received complaints of ‘racism’ and that he wasn’t a real journalist. Merrill appealed unsuccessfully. Before getting bounced from the press conferences, Merrill was routinely asking in-depth, skeptical questions about the science behind pandemic-related masking, testing, and vaccination.