Defend free speech and individual liberty online. 

Push back against big tech and media gatekeepers.

Dr Drew apologizes for downplaying coronavirus then tries to copyright claim the evidence

Another example of copyright law being abused for censorship.

Well-known media personality Dr Drew Pinsky apologized today after his comments that compared coronavirus to the flu, saying that he “got it wrong.”

“My early comments about equating coronavirus with influenza were wrong. They were incorrect. I was part of a chorus that was saying that. And we were wrong. And I want to apologize for that,” Dr. Drew said in a Periscope video shared to his account Saturday. “I wish I had gotten it right, but I got it wrong.”

Pinsky was criticized for a video he made in February where he was downplaying coronavirus and suggesting it was merely a “press-induced panic.” 

Dr Drew said at the time that it was far less dangerous than the flu, adding that your chances of dying from COVID-19 are lower than being “hit by an asteroid.”

“I did not, thank goodness, get Dr. Fauci wrong, and when he made it clear that this was not a usual influenza, that it was significantly worse, I adjusted course. And if you notice, I’ve been doing about two hours of media today backing, changing my perspective in such a way to sign on for the aggressive measures we are taking,” Pinsky said today.

“What I also said was follow the CDC’s recommendation; follow Dr. Fauci’s recommendation. They will keep us safe. And I thought that when the government started taking more aggressive measures, we should all sign on. We have a collective responsibility to do so. I’m doing what I’m supposed to do. I wear a mask outside now. And it’s paid dividends. It is improving. It is flattening the curve. And I’m delighted to be a part of that. I’m glad to be a part of that.”

However, after (rightly or wrongly) making his apology, Dr Drew then goes on the offensive, appearing to not understand how the internet works and trying to misuse copyright law to get the videos of the previous statements that he made scrubbed from the internet.

videos containing the clip – that was clearly transformative and valid under the fair use guidelines – began to get struck down on YouTube, with a copyright claim from Drew Pinsky Inc.

If you're tired of censorship, cancel culture, and the erosion of civil liberties subscribe to Reclaim The Net.

Defend free speech and individual liberty online. 

Push back against big tech and media gatekeepers.

Big Tech alternatives:

Push back against online censorship, 

cancel culture, and privacy invasion. 

Informed by principles on digital rights.