by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), an authority on medical licensure and the discipline in the United States, recently passed a policy on medical misinformation and disinformation that will guide state medical boards and the health care workers they license and could even “become state law.” What could possibly go wrong?
Like the other obsessive “misinformation” pushes — from Silicon Valley to CNN’s Brian Stelter to the White House — this one once again uses the Covid rationale to legitimize it.
“More than 2 years into this pandemic, the largest threat next to the spread of the virus itself is the spread of disinformation and misinformation,” claimed FSMB’s President and CEO Humayun Chaudhry.
Ah yes, on the list of biggest threats, so-called “misinformation” is right up there next to a virus that reportedly contributed to the deaths of almost 1 million people in our country alone. To tackle this allegedly deadly misinformation, this premier medical licensure board is advising against exemptions for vaccines and “other preventative measures” (read: mask-wearing) and calling on each state board to adopt policies for their licensees’ conduct related to what’s been deemed dis- and misinformation.
In other words, the FSMB is setting up an ideological infrastructure for disciplining physicians who don’t follow the so-called scientific consensus on medical causes, treatment, prescriptions, or advice. It’s reminiscent of the way hospitals treated the hard-working nurses and doctors who looked at the available evidence on the Covid shot and opted not to take it, firing them en masse during what was already a staffing crisis, to the detriment of ailing patients.
This heavy-handed ideological crackdown by the FSMB is an affront not only to science generally but also to everything we’ve learned so far during the Wuhan virus.