To build their credibility, the makers of COVID-19 conspiracy videos are mixing falsities with the voices of credentialed scientists, who are sometimes unaware of how their statements are being used.
In mid-March, filmmaker Robert Cibis—at the time best known for a 93-minute documentary about a master piano tuner—uploaded a short interview with the German physician and socialist politician Wolfgang Wodarg to YouTube. In the video, Wodarg alleges that the COVID-19 pandemic is a “hype” drummed up by sensationalist virologists and spread by scientists “who want to be important in politics because they need money for their institutions.”
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