The Impersonator: Eric Feigl-Ding, COVID-19, and an implicit far-left agenda

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This is an interesting read. Politically minded nutritionist restyles himself as covid-expert, and no-one bats an eye.


https://dossier.substack.com/p/the-impersonator-eric-feigl-ding

At the beginning of 2020, Feigl-Ding was an unpaid, visiting scientist in Harvard’s nutrition department. His academic research centered entirely around nutrition, diet, and exercise. If Eric Feigl-Ding was interested in pandemics and the study of viruses, his research and academic credentials did not reflect that.

When the coronavirus pandemic began to make waves in the media, everything changed. Feigl-Ding, an aspiring politician, appeared to see an opening to influence the masses and build up his brand.

Feigl-Ding’s rise to coronavirus stardom began with this since-deleted tweet falsely describing the coronavirus as “the most virulent virus epidemic the world has ever seen.”


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Twitter, for reasons unknown, decided to credential him as a “COVID-19 health expert,” which further elevates his supposed legitimacy as an “expert” on the pandemic.


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  • StratavariousStratavarious Frets: 1683
    Only idiots would use Twitter for information. 


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  • mgawmgaw Frets: 4306
    The use of the far left to describe people jn support of health care for all is more worrying tbh
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  • Only idiots would use Twitter for information. 


    That's a pretty old man boomer thing to say.

    Twitter is a lot of people's number one source of information and news. I think it's worth considering it's impact upon the wider world, and how people abuse it.

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  • axisusaxisus Frets: 21410
    Only idiots would use Twitter for information. 
    Twitter isn't the problem, all kinds of experts in their fields use Twitter. The problem is who people choose to follow/listen to.
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  • StratavariousStratavarious Frets: 1683
    axisus said:
    Only idiots would use Twitter for information. 
    Twitter isn't the problem, all kinds of experts in their fields use Twitter. The problem is who people choose to follow/listen to.
    Exactly.. it a bias bubble for most.
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  • steven70steven70 Frets: 954
    edited August 9
    Flippant and non constructive comment removed. Apologies.
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  • digitalscreamdigitalscream Frets: 20626
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    OK, on the far-left thing...their evidence for that seems to be twofold: that he supports universal healthcare, and he's involved with the Soros family's charity efforts.

    Take him out of the US for a moment, and put him in the UK. Or Canada. Or anywhere with a functioning healthcare system and  a desire to reduce poverty.

    In those places, that support doesn't mark him as "far left". It actually marks him as "a normal person with common sense".

    I'm not doubting any of the rest of it, of course - his qualifications and experience do seem to be somewhat malleable...

    Perhaps nobody's batting an eyelid because he's just another wonk on Twitter? Throw a stone on there and you'll hit a couple of hundred of them, huddled together in a circle-jerk of confirmation bias.
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  • OK, on the far-left thing...their evidence for that seems to be twofold: that he supports universal healthcare, and he's involved with the Soros family's charity efforts.

    Take him out of the US for a moment, and put him in the UK. Or Canada. Or anywhere with a functioning healthcare system and  a desire to reduce poverty.

    In those places, that support doesn't mark him as "far left". It actually marks him as "a normal person with common sense".

    I'm not doubting any of the rest of it, of course - his qualifications and experience do seem to be somewhat malleable...

    Perhaps nobody's batting an eyelid because he's just another wonk on Twitter? Throw a stone on there and you'll hit a couple of hundred of them, huddled together in a circle-jerk of confirmation bias.
    The problem is, that circle jerk has real pull and has a real impact on policy. What if - if - we've all be hoodwinked?

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  • HeartfeltdawnHeartfeltdawn Frets: 19802
    This is an interesting read. Politically minded nutritionist restyles himself as covid-expert, and no-one bats an eye.


    https://dossier.substack.com/p/the-impersonator-eric-feigl-ding

    I've seen a few proper scientists in the UK berate him. Undark had a good piece on him last year that I ended up reading after seeing some of his commentary on UK matters (which were as empty as some of Jake Tapper's words)

    https://undark.org/2020/11/25/complicated-rise-of-eric-feigl-ding/

    But this is the sea we're in. 

    CNN dude has agenda
    Substack author works for the AIER and has agenda
    Any number of nutritionists to data scientists to crystal waving hippies become experts on the Covid hoax

    Too much commentary, too little quality. 
    Reubicado en Dagobah.
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