Bill Gates: Target of Far Right-Zionist Smear Campaign

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Note: VT investigated Bill Gates.  He is a philanthropist, he gives away billions of his own money.  Trump, on the other hand, and we investigated him, is a thief and steals from poor people just like his dad.  He cheated hourly workers, he cheats the people who work on his golf courses, he doesn’t pay his taxes, he dodged the draft.  He has now murdered 100,000 Americans and will kill many, many more.

Bill Gates Becomes a Right-Wing Target

The Microsoft co-founder turned philanthropist has been attacked with falsehoods that he created the coronavirus and wants to profit from it.

In a 2015 speech, Bill Gates warned that the greatest risk to humanity was not nuclear war but an infectious virus that could threaten the lives of millions of people.

That speech has resurfaced in recent weeks with 25 million new views on YouTube — but not in the way that Mr. Gates probably intended. Anti-vaccinators, members of the conspiracy group QAnon and right-wing pundits have instead seized on the video as evidence that one of the world’s richest men planned to use a pandemic to wrest control of the global health system.

Mr. Gates, 64, the Microsoft co-founder turned philanthropist, has now become the star of an explosion of conspiracy theories about the coronavirus outbreak. In posts on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, he is being falsely portrayed as the creator of Covid-19, as a profiteer from a virus vaccine, and as part of a dastardly plot to use the illness to cull or surveil the global population.

The wild claims have gained traction with conservative pundits like Laura Ingraham and anti-vaccinators such as Robert F. Kennedy Jr. as Mr. Gates has emerged as a vocal counterweight to President Trump on the coronavirus. For weeks, Mr. Gates has appeared on TV, on op-ed pages and in Reddit forums calling for stay-at-home policies, expanded testing and vaccine development. And without naming Mr. Trump, he has criticized the president’s policies, including this week’s move to cut funding to the World Health Organization.

Misinformation about Mr. Gates is now the most widespread of all coronavirus falsehoods tracked by Zignal Labs, a media analysis company. The misinformation includes more than 16,000 posts on Facebook this year about Mr. Gates and the virus that were liked and commented on nearly 900,000 times, according to a New York Times analysis. On YouTube, the 10 most popular videos spreading lies about Mr. Gates posted in March and April were viewed almost five million times.

Mr. Gates, who is worth more than $100 billion, has effectively assumed the role occupied by George Soros, the billionaire financier and Democratic donor who has been a villain for the right. That makes Mr. Gates the latest individual — along with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the leading U.S. infectious disease expert — to be ensnared in the flow of right-wing punditry that has denigrated those who appear at odds with Mr. Trump on the virus.

“Bill Gates is easily transformed into a health-related meme and figure because he’s so well known,” said Whitney Phillips, an assistant professor at Syracuse University who teaches digital ethics. “He’s able to function as kind of an abstract boogeyman.”

Especially since Mr. Gates has sharpened his comments about the White House’s handling of the coronavirus in recent weeks.

Bill Gates as scapegoat

Most conspiracy theories, like the viruses they resemble, constantly mutate and have several variants circulating at any one time. Many of these plots and subplots seem to involve Bill Gates, who became a new target of disinformation after gently criticizing the defunding of the World Health Organization. According to the New York Times, anti-vaxxers, members of QAnon and right-wing pundits have seized on a video of a 2015 Ted talk given by Gates — where he discussed the Ebola outbreak and warned of a new pandemic — to bolster their claims he had foreknowledge of the COVID pandemic or even purposely caused it.

A recent variant of this conspiracy theory, particularly beloved by anti-vaccination activists, is the idea that COVID is part of a dastardly Gates-led plot to vaccinate the world’s population. There is some truth in this, of course: vaccinating much of the world’s population may well be the only way to avoid an eventual death toll in the tens of millions. But anti-vaxxers don’t believe vaccines work. Instead some have spread the myth that Gates wants to use a vaccination program to implant digital microchips that will somehow track and control people. The spread of misinformation has meant that ID2020, a small non-profit that focuses on establishing digital IDs for poorer people around the world, has had to call in the FBI. (The Cornell Alliance for Science is partly funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.)

QAnon conspiracy theories about the coronavirus pandemic are a public health threat

First there was the pandemic, then came the “infodemic” — a term the head of the World Health Organization defines as the spread of false information about COVID-19.

The most dangerous conspiracy theories about the coronavirus are now part of the QAnon phenomenon. For months now, actors in QAnon have downplayed the severity of the crisis, amplified medical disinformation and have been originators of hoaxes.

The QAnon movement started in 2017 after someone using an anonymous account known only as Q posted wild conspiracy theories about U.S. President Donald Trump on the internet forum 4chan.

QAnon conspiracy theorists believe a deep state cabal of global elites is responsible for all the evil in the world. They also believe those same elites are seeking to bring down Trump, whom they see as the world’s only hope to defeat the deep state. QAnon has now brought the same conspiracy mentality to the coronavirus crisis.

As a researcher of online movements like QAnon, I use a combination of data science and digital ethnography to research how extremist movements use technology to create propaganda, recruit members to ideological causes, inspire acts of violence or impact democratic institutions.

Bottom-up approach

The QAnon conspiracies have created an environment of complacency among its followers who aren’t taking the risks posed by the virus seriously.

Florida pastor Rodney Howard-Browne, who has given credence to QAnon in the past and has preached that the coronavirus was planned by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, was arrested after holding Sunday services and disregarding federal, state and county orders to limit gatherings to less than 10 people. His conspiratorial beliefs led to his negligent actions, which put hundreds of people from his congregation at risk.

A central component of QAnon is the crowdsourcing of narratives. This bottom-up approach provides a fluid and ever changing ideology. My analysis of Twitter shows from January to March, there was a 21 per cent increase (a total of 7,683,414 posts) in hashtags used by the QAnon community. This means the misinformation they spread has the capacity to reach a wider audience.

For instance, QAnon community influencers on Twitter promoted Miracle Mineral Supplement as a way of preventing COVID-19. The toxic product was sold by the Texas-based Genesis II Church of Health and Healing for US$45. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration had previously issued a warning about the dangerous and potentially life threatening side effects of the supplement.

In January, QAnon was amplifying narratives on 8kun (the internet forum formally known as 8chan), Facebook and Telegram (an encrypted instant messaging plaform) about a false theory that Asians were more susceptible to the coronavirus and that white people were immune to COVID-19. Not only are there racist undertones associated with this disinformation, it minimizes the threat posed by the virus.

Many of the social media accounts driving that baseless story and the #FilmYourHospital campaign belong to followers of “QAnon,” a far-right, apocalyptic conspiracy theory that believes Trump is waging a secret campaign against “deep state” enemies and Satan-worshiping Democrats who prey on children. The Twitter user who posted the March 29 video of Mount Sinai Queens has a profile that includes the QAnon slogan “WWG1WGA,” which stands for “Where we go one, we go all.”

Downplayed threat

From February until the second week of March, QAnon followed the lead of Trump in downplaying the threat of the virus and calling it a hoax. They believed the virus was a deep state plot to damage the president’s chance at re-election. The QAnon community said those warning about the pandemic threat were trying to detract from U.S. domestic politics, stop Trump rallies and remove all the economic gains they contended had occurred during the Trump presidency.

After Trump initially said COVID-19 posed no threat to the United States, the QAnon community reinforced that message by spreading disinformation about the disease. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

After the WHO upgraded COVID-19 to pandemic status and the U.S. announced it was closing its borders to most people from Europe for 30 days, QAnon changed the narrative again. Suddenly, QAnon thought the pandemic was something to celebrate because it was a cover for the Trump administration’s secret plan to arrest deep state agents.

Evangelicals within the the QAnon movement viewed the pandemic as the promised coming of the Kingdom of God on Earth. David Hayes, who is better known as the Praying Medic and an influencer in the QAnon community with 300,000 YouTube subscribers, said in a March 14 livestream that there was no reason to be concerned about COVID-19. Hayes reassured his viewers that they may not be affected by the disease because this was “spiritual warfare” — only those who have not been chosen by God will be affected by the disease.

The person known as Q, who spawned the QAnon movement, didn’t post anything online about COVID-19 until March 23. Up until then, all of the medical disinformation, hoaxes and downplaying of the pandemic had been sourced from QAnon influencers and community.

Alex Friedfeld, an investigative researcher for the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism, said quarantine conditions are ripe for conspiracy theories to mutate and quickly spread. The purveyors are scared and cooped up inside their homes with abundant free time to spend on the internet.

“We are in a time of crisis, so people are frightened,” he said. “They are looking for explanations. Conspiracy theories can be comforting because they basically place order on chaos. A lot of them give you somebody to blame, and that can be comforting to people at an uncertain time.”

Friedfeld said the virus has become fodder for old tropes like “Agenda 21,” a conspiracy theory that a network of global elites are using a United Nations resolution adopted in 1992 to control citizens and depopulate the earth.

Other new conspiracy theories being fueled by the virus include one that claims maps show a link between 5G networks and coronavirus outbreaks. Another holds that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates intends to use a COVID-19 vaccine to track and control the world’s population. Fox News host Laura Ingraham amplified the narrative with an April 7 tweet that said, “Digitally tracking Americans’ every move has been a dream of the globalists for years.”

Author Details
Ian Greenhalgh is a photographer and historian with a particular interest in military history and the real causes of conflicts.

His studies in history and background in the media industry have given him a keen insight into the use of mass media as a creator of conflict in the modern world.

His favored areas of study include state-sponsored terrorism, media manufactured reality and the role of intelligence services in manipulation of populations and the perception of events.
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20 COMMENTS

  1. I can’t leave this one alone. In response to VT’s seemingly dumbed down attitude towards vaccine makers and Billy ‘goat’ Gates, who holds stock primary positions in at least 7 pharmaceutical companies racing to make a vaccine for covid19. One such company is GlaxoSmithKline, see: https://journal-neo.org/2020/04/30/criminal-big-pharma-put-in-charge-of-covid-19-vaccine/
    The Satanic Dark Days of April began on the 19th. COVID19 is an acronym: C certificate O of V vaccine ID identification 19 (April 19 is the 1st day of the 13 day satanic ritual – this 1st day is a major child sacrifice day.

    • There really is no polite way of saying this: If you believe that nonsense, you are too dumb to live.

  2. GIVE THE DEVIL HIS DUE

    This too in undoubtedly part of the disinfo campaign against the magnanimous Mr. Gates and his Icke(y) vaccines. I read this – I’m sure others did too, on the NaturalNews site. Part of the plan for vaccination against the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) is to inject people with syringes that contain implantable “quantum dot” tattoos, which we reported are a type of microchip that would seem to constitute the Mark of the Beast. And further proof of this comes in the form of the enzyme that Bill Gates has chosen to make it all possible, which has been ominously dubbed “luciferase.”

    According to reports, luciferase will activate these quantum dot “microneedles,” as they are also called, effectively delivering the so-called vaccines into people’s bodies. This “near infrared bioluminescence enzyme luciferase” is what will make the Gates vaccines readable through special mobile device apps that will scan the injection site and identify the “digital certificates,” or proof of vaccination, that Gates and others have been publicly announcing in recent days.

  3. By the way Ian, you may remember we spoke recently regarding Tedros the WHO director being a criminal and I said I’d follow up after more research. Came to the conclusion after checking many more sources that he is indeed guilty of genocide. One such link https://www.genocidewatch.com/single-post/2017/07/24/An-Open-Letter-to-Dr-Tedros-Adhanom-Ghebreyesus-Director-General-of-the-UN%E2%80%99s-World-Health-Organization

    Many more links to resources in Martin’s video on Tedros.
    https://youtu.be/5yD3o6_QGJI

  4. Ian,

    If you want to change the name of Miracle Mineral Solution to Multiple Micronutrient Solution you might have a point there. But if you know very little about it as you admitted in your reply to my earlier comment then why not look into it before saying anything negative about it. All these years I have been under the impression that you guys are the go-to guys, and if you guys are not sure about something then you would look into it. Especially something like the MMS.
    I was expecting you to reply to me that you guys looked into MMS and it does not work. But instead you say you know very little about it. Then why all this negativity??

  5. Ian,

    Did you know that vaccines are not safety tested, they do not have to be by law. Medicines must go through stringent safety tests – vaccines do not.
    Just brew up a vaccine with whatever you want to put in it , make up some claims and fire away, no checks or balances required by governments as to what’s in them or whether they are harmful to your kids and grand kids.
    Sound too incredible to be true? as Porky Pig would say – that’s not all folks.
    Possibly even worse – vaccine manufacturers are immune from prosecution by law.
    Your kid dies or gets Autism etc which is fairly common – too bad – get over it.
    Did you know this Ian?

    • Where were you when DHS was established and the patiot acts passed? COINTELPRO was a joke.

  6. Now on an April 13, 2020 TED TALK did Bill Gates say or not say; ” Now if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services (abortions), we can lower that (world population) by 10- 15%”???
    Ian, regardless of your politics; what’s wrong with this picture. How do vaccines and health care lower the population number? Unless there’s more Bill Gates is not saying. But I think he said enough. He’s a blatant eugenicist. And he has 100’s of billions to over pay idiots like Fauci, to buy organizations like the CDC and WHO, to further his work.

  7. So, we should ignore Bill Gates’s sponsored Event 2020, and the fact that everything that they scripted in their scenarios and their computer models, came true 4 weeks later? And, we should ignore all the short sellers, and CEO’s like Bezos that sold off large blocks of their own company’s stock just before everything tanked. If this was horse racing people would be in jail. I’m seriously worried about VT’s motives here.
    Even with the CDC requirement that death certificates be labeled Covid19 the numbers aren’t there. The computer models are shit. Hospitals are laying off staff from doctors, nurses to pharmacists. At my local VA hospital the place is empty. When picking up my script I asked the pharmacist how many have been laid off. After saying “I don’t know, I just got called back yesterday”. With further prompting he admitted 50%. Maybe all of this economic wreckage and confusion makes some here happy.

  8. When you’re filthy rich and bored and believe the world is over-crowded what do you do? What if you want to leave a legacy behind by following your dad’s footsteps? Bill is not concerned with the bottom feeders, he is playing god and conditioning the world to what he thinks should be done to “save” the planet. But how can you reduce the population from seven billion to around half a billion? Who decides who should stay and who should go? That’s why he’s pushing for vaccination and his wife also thinks that everyone on the planet should be “immunized” and stamped – do you think he wants these people to survive and thrive?

    • You simply compare the number of people who lived, say, a hundred years ago, before vaccination, and the number of people who live at a time when people are vaccinated. If you have a brain, then you create a vaccine from COVID-19, if there are no brains, then …

  9. Most alternative mainstream media/social media memes are false and illusory. Always look at the intended target audience and work your way back. That will tell you a lot.

    The top 10 dumbest most irritating covid-19 theories out there that I’ve seen in my opinion are :

    1) Bill Gates is responsible (the new George Soros) – if enough people say it without evidence, it becomes a self proving non-evidence based axiom.

    2) Chinese Wuhan lab released the virus accidentally or intentionally. Based on speculation in part on its proximity to the wet-market (where bats were not sold). No one else in the world had the underlying bat virus – it was only in one single lab in Wuhan – right??

    3) Doctors are responsible for the deaths in US as hospitals are paid more for a covid diagnoses and some doctors own a portion of the hospital ownership Of course hospitals are losing billions for no non- elective surgeries. Also, it does not take into a account that yes treating covid may be more expensive than other procedures.

    Most of the people saying this are just repeating it again and again and you cannot find an original source with a causal nexus to their theory.

    4) 5G — almost the entire world has no 5G. Yet, covid is everywhere. Enough said.

    5) Covid is a hoax — no big deal. Please discuss with the families of the hundreds of thousands of dead and first responders.

    6) Covid just happened to occur in nature with any outside intervention. A few studies were published with that conclusion – those studies were vouched for by the mainstream media/scientists/politicians and their fellow travelers. Any challenges or uncomfortable questions amount to civil heresy.

    7) Trump is using this as an opportunity to enforce the so-called 100,000 secret indictments and to clean up his version of the “deep state.” Get your popcorn out.

    8) Covid equals flu – no big deal

    9) The economy and the stock market will be roaring back once everything opens. Giving credence to rumors of a second waive dark fall/winter are wild exaggerations.

    10) Just wait for the vaccine (12-24 months or never??) A different variant is (for those who believe that it’s a hoax and who assume a vaccine in pending) believe the vaccine will be deadly or the mark of the beast ect)

  10. Ian,
    For many years I have been following VT as my primary source for quality info. Lately I am little confused.
    Have you really looked into MMS?
    What’s is your data on it? Millions of people follow what you guys say on VT. What do you say to those who tried MMS and are satisfied with results?

    • Hello. Multiple Micronutrient Supplementation is something I know very little about I’m afraid.

  11. Hey Ian: Thanks for this. Sanity and reason is hard to come by these days. Rather, confusion and distortion lie around like road side littler, blowing this way and that. One can only hope that an errant bit of text doesn’t get slap wrapped around one’s perception. Stay well, and clear headed.