Andrew L. Urban
It’s a wonderful idea as espoused by high profile human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson on Sharri (Sky News, Sunday, 4 July, 2021): comments on social media (eg facebook) should be assessed by a select, independent and authoritative group for truth and accuracy. This signals the beginning of the end of the climate change apoplexy: if alarmism is restricted to facts, it will be extinguished within a week. Likewise alarmism around the Covid-19 infection.
If only we could introduce such a system with guarantees that facts will rule. The track record of big tech so far is risible, insisting as they have on deleting factual content that conflicts with their preferred propaganda (eg their denials that hydrochloroquine & ivermectin are effective treatments).
Needless to say Robertson’s example was Donald Trump, who, he maintains, should be heard but corrected. I would say ‘bring it on’.
Which brings me to Oscar Wilde’s observation that ‘the truth is rarely pure and never simple’.
It was Sunday morning in London, from where Robertson spoke live on Sharri; at one point as we focused on Sharri Markson speaking in the Sydney studio, Robertson took a sip of a red liquid in a wine glass. Oscar Wilde knew what he was talking about …