In March of 2021, while the world was steeped in the Covid crisis, a group of filmmakers quietly began a project to document the scandalous censorship of science and free thought in real time. They did so anonymously for fear of retribution. The result is a new documentary series called, “Follow the Science: Lockdowns Go Viral.” Hawk Jensen is the award-winning director, who says he aims to expose the truth about the government’s agenda.
The following is a transcript of a report from “Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson.” Watch the video by clicking the link at the end of the page.
Documentary clip: “I had this vision, like a wave of deaths moving across the globe”… “We should take a closer look at these lockdown policies.”
Hawk Jensen: First and foremost, there was very clearly a sort of culture of censorship of anyone who was questioning what was going on. And it didn’t matter political affiliation. We talked to people who were right of center, left of center, self-described progressives, self-described conservatives, libertarians, independents. And all of them felt that they couldn’t speak openly about their questions about what’s going on. Perfectly reasonable questions. There was sort of an overall kind of cultural sense that you were not free to speak and ask questions. And that didn’t feel correct as an average American who’s used to this idea of freedom of speech. We should be able to ask questions. When we talked to Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, for instance, he was like, “Yeah, we looked at the science, and we thought, ‘Oh, the conversation merely has veered off into the wrong world.’ Lockdowns, this sort of blanket policy of lockdowns of the general population is, is not the correct science.” They wrote what’s called the Great Barrington Declaration, which we feature in the documentary.
Dr. Jay Bhattacharya/Stanford University Professor (documentary clip): Our brains are wired almost to panic in the face of infectious disease.
Jensen: Lockdowns of the general population were not correct, and focused protection really was the way we should have been going, which is what Dr. Jay Bhattacharya was trumpeting.
Documentary clip: We are going to follow the science to determine, scientifically, if using lockdowns to stop the spread of a viral outbreak was and is the best policy, scientifically speaking.
Sharyl: Why did you decide to call it, “Follow the Science”?
Jensen: “Follow the science” was presented as like, “Science says definitively, ‘Go one specific direction,'” and our political leaders started saying things like, “We’re gonna follow the science,” as if, “It’s not our decision. Science is making the decision.”
Sharyl: On something they couldn’t possibly know the answer to at the time.
Jensen: Exactly. I mean, science is a pursuit of truth. It’s not the pursuit of absolute truth. You do a certain thing, you learn from it, you make adjustments to your understanding, you move forward in data collection and data analysis. But it seemed as if the political strata were very much abdicating their decision-making to this, this sort of maxim of “follow the science”. A sort of institute of science that was somehow on high, and are betters, and it had nothing to do with the scientific method.
Sharyl: When you started this project, these views and thoughts maybe were not as widely expressed even if people felt them. But by the time it comes out, a lot of people are starting to say the same thing, and feeling maybe a little bit freer to say it. So, what are your thoughts about that?
Jensen: We knew that eventually the conversation would come around to what we were thinking. We looked at it, we made good educated guesses as to what was happening. We understood the narrative of — from the mainstream media — we understood sort of the noble lies that the political elites tend to use to try and get their way, to make people act a certain way, not necessarily based on the scientific truths as they claimed. And we also know that there’s sort of an amnesia that the political world and the mainstream media world relies on in the general population. And that, as they tend to forget what they went through, because it was so traumatizing, that retrospective, sort of “hindsight is 20/20” type documentaries or narratives come out. Revisionist narratives start to come out. And so, we wanted to make a film real-time as it happened.
Sharyl (on-camera): To find out more, you can go to Follow The Science.
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