“If the facts are against you, argue the law. If the law is against you, argue the facts. If the law and the facts are against you, pound the table and yell like hell.” — Carl Sandburg
There is widespread agreement backed up by solid research that the federal government’s voluntary (“passive”) Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) is fundamentally flawed because it captures only 1 percent to 10 percent of all adverse vaccine events.
As the number of COVID vaccine-related deaths reported to VAERS rises to unprecedented highs (now in excess of 4,600), the vaccine zealots have reversed strategies in their grand denial. They now claim VAERS over-reports deaths from the vaccine, cluttering the system with spurious incidents, or as Anthony Fauci would say, “mere anecdotes.”
Therefore, when it comes to the number of vaccine-related deaths specifically, vaccine zealots put on their shyster-lawyer hat and plead special circumstances. They characterize vaccine deaths as an exception to the general rule – every other adverse event may be grossly under-reported but not deaths.
Because deaths are such extraordinary and serious adverse events, they argue, doctors and regulators fall all over themselves reporting these events, resulting in the VAERS system’s capturing a much higher percentage of deaths (some fanatics argue all deaths) than other, less serious adverse events. Attempting to debunk the accusation that VAERS under-reports deaths at essentially the same rate, or higher, as it under-reports other adverse events, vaccine zealots contend their logic on the special nature of vaccine deaths is so compelling and self-evident that no empirical evidence is required to establish its validity.
Let me assume the role of opposing counsel and propound a rebuttal to their special pleading. Simple, the most serious of all adverse events, death, also carries with it an extraordinary motivation for the very actors in the system responsible for reporting the adverse events (e.g., doctors, medical personnel, pharmaceutical companies, government regulators, insurance companies) to downplay the overall number of deaths associated with vaccines. The stakes after all are enormous for these actors. The vast majority of them run from vaccine deaths and life-threatening adverse events like the plague and try to bury them in fallacies.