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A Sample of Disinformation

Just so you understand the issue we face.

Almost every day I get a "pitch" from someone in public relations about some important business hire or a new fantastic product. Occasionally, I get something like this bogus item below:

"My name is Clint and I’m reaching out to you in an urgent appeal for help with investigating the fact that COVID-19 is legally classifiable as a biological weapon, and that Dr. Anthony Fauci (NIAID) along with the NIH issued US tax-payer money for the creation of this disease.

"In other words, the Dr. leading the public health efforts on this pandemic is the one who appropriated funding to engineer the virus, and there are statutes that can be enforced to pursue this violation of US and international law.

"Included below is a documentary and written summary with primary evidence detailing the origins of COVID-19 as a bio-weapon that was genetically engineered through lab mutation experiments backed with federal grants from the NIAID and NIH.

"In the interest of public safety, supporting medical freedom and raising the most awareness, you have my express permission to reuse or redistribute this work in any way that you see fit. 

I would also appreciate hearing from you about any public speaking opportunities or any other avenues for outreach that may be available."

I don't know who "Clint" is and I'm not going to add to the disinformation by also posting the links he had to his different theories in both video and written text. Just know that the above multiplied hundreds of times is what is feeding misinformation about the pandemic, the election, and every other type of conspiracy theory. Beware! Consider yourself warned. 

Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.