FEAR Vs. HOPE: Two Very Different Government Approaches To Pandemic Messaging

Written by Wes Walker on October 1, 2021

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The best way to get perspective on something is usually to take a step back and see the bigger picture. So let’s take a step back to see how other countries are reacting to the pandemic.

Now that the election is over, CNN has no further need of the COVID death clock that helped ramp up public concerns, and shift attention away from actual policy differences. PART TWO: Project Veritas Shows CNN Deliberately Manipulates Their Viewers (VIDEO)

But not all media types are so eager to fear-monger. Notice the far more nuanced reaction to some countries in Europe and Asia giving all COVID mandates the heave-ho and returning to *gasp* life as normal.

Norway, for example, and Singapore are lifting restrictions.

Hope Is Rising Abroad…

The virus isn’t going away, they say, but in some countries, the public has begun shifting their reaction to it.

Notice the tempered response in this reporting. The virus is still there, some people are still at risk, but it is expected that adults can be trusted to make reasonable decisions about their own risk and safety.

It gets interesting around the 3-minute mark where it begins to talk about a ‘mentality shift’.

‘They say the messaging surrounding COVID-19 as a dangerous and deadly disease needs to change, that the messaging to the public that COVID-19 is predominantly a mild disease needs to be clear. And it seems the government of Singapore is listening. They are now urging people to not rush off to the hospital when they test positive, but to instead, stay home, use self-care, and not to worry.’

Panic Whipped Up Closer To Home…

While a pragmatic and nuanced approach is embraced in some parts of the world, reports are now coming out that the flames of panic have been deliberately stoked closer to home.

Canadian military leaders saw the pandemic as a unique opportunity to test out propaganda techniques on an unsuspecting public, a newly released Canadian Forces report concludes.

The federal government never asked for the so-called information operations campaign, nor did cabinet authorize the initiative developed during the COVID-19 pandemic by the Canadian Joint Operations Command, then headed by Lt.-Gen. Mike Rouleau.

But military commanders believed they didn’t need to get approval from higher authorities to develop and proceed with their plan, retired Maj.-Gen. Daniel Gosselin, who was brought in to investigate the scheme, concluded in his report.

The propaganda plan was developed and put in place in April 2020 even though the Canadian Forces had already acknowledged that “information operations and targeting policies and doctrines are aimed at adversaries and have a limited application in a domestic concept.”

…The plan devised by the Canadian Joint Operations Command, also known as CJOC, relied on propaganda techniques similar to those employed during the Afghanistan war. The campaign called for “shaping” and “exploiting” information. CJOC claimed the information operations scheme was needed to head off civil disobedience by Canadians during the coronavirus pandemic and to bolster government messages about the pandemic.

…Gosselin’s investigation discovered the plan wasn’t simply the idea of “passionate” military propaganda specialists, but support for the use of such information operations was “clearly a mindset that permeated the thinking at many levels of CJOC.” Those in the command saw the pandemic as a “unique opportunity” to test out such techniques on Canadians.

The military was caught red-handed in ‘bolstering’ the government’s coronavirus narratives with illicit ‘information operations’ (read: propaganda). Sounds kinda familiar, doesn’t it?

But the public is still supposed to ‘trust the experts’ and blindly do as we are told?

It’s a good thing no American agencies have been hijacked by politicized agendas, or we might begin to suspect that similar dark machinations were in play here, too.