The Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) was founded by its current CEO, Imran Ahmed. He was born and raised in Manchester, England and holds an MA in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge (NOTE: A Cambridge MA does not require further academic work on top of their BA – it is not an advanced degree). He presumably is, or was, a British citizen, making it understandable that one of his American targets calls him a “foreign agent”. He certainly tries to influence American social media companies and American politicians, who cite his polemics.
With the United States of America having the right to free speech embedded in their constitution, it is debatable whether he should ask American politicians to tell social media companies to curtail the free speech of his targets.
He has spent some time around left wing politics in The United Kingdom. That certainly colours his opinions and is no doubt the reason that he published a polemic attacking people for the fact that they earn money, much of it from activities totally unrelated to their vaccine concerns. It is a bit of a left wing thing to decry other people’s income, while money-grubbing themselves. In fact, such are his malicious attacks on people with vaccination reservations, and such are his lies and misrepresentations about vaccines, that I can only assume he is doing it for money – either from his paymasters or from his media presence.
NO COHERENT PRO-COVID-19-VACCINE ARGUMENT
Basically Imran Ahmed has no good argument against those who question the safety and efficacy of Covid-19 vaccines. He relies on statements like “scientific consensus”, which a lot of scientists question, and statements like vaccines have been protecting people for 200 years (from an interview on Yahoo! Finance). At best, that latter is disingenuous: at worst a downright lie. Of course it is true that vaccines have done wonders, but they were not mRNA so-called “vaccines” which work in an entirely different way, that is as yet unproven in terms of safety and efficacy. The argument that Covid-19 vaccines are good because a different type of vaccine has been good for 200 years is hardly a good argument.
He accuses people of lying, but he has no countervailing truth to offer. Do not trust this man.
So Imran Ahmed tries to foster resentment and hate against the people he calls “anti-vaxxers” by writing about their income, only a percentage of which relates to their concerns about Covid-19 vaccines. What he doesn’t do is reveal his own earnings from Covid-19 vaccines, both directly from CCDH and from his media activities. Nor do we know where his CCDH money comes from.
The suspicion is that some of his income comes from government, either through the Center for Countering Digital Hate, or directly. So that could be one reason for his rabid pro-vaxx stance – keeping governments sweet, since the American Federal Government and British Government don’t have any ideas about dealing with Covid-19 other than vaccination. The other people profiting from his work are the pharmaceutical companies that produce the vaccines. Are they his paymasters? Why doesn’t he declare who is paymasters are? Suspicion is aroused by the fact that he is keen to mention any minor mistakes made by his targets, but says nothing about the billions of dollars paid out by pharmaceutical companies in compensation and fines for their “mistakes”.
Rabid pro-vaxx is undoubtedly profitable for some. Imran Ahmed doesn’t say how profitable.
Really Imran Ahmed has no credibility and will have none until he is open and honest about his income and CCDH’s income. He is a private individual, not even a director of CCDH, and the Center for Countering Digital Hate Limited is a small company with minimal financial reporting requirements. CCDH is not a registered charity and does not give any detail of its funding sources on its website. The CCDH website makes reference to a Center for Countering Digital Hate Inc (US) but I can’t find any reference to it on the internet, so I have no idea of its funding either. Does it even exist?
Ahmed co-authored the book The New Serfdom: The Triumph of Conservative Ideas and How to Defeat Them with Labour MP Angela Eagle. A selection of One-Star-rated reviews on Amazon are below:
Reviewed in the United States on June 17, 2020
Painful and pedantic
What a waste of time and money. Wish I sat on a tac
Reviewed in the United States on June 17, 2020
Ok I guess…whatever.
After seeing a glowing review of this book on Stu does America, I had high hopes. What a colossal waste of time, terrible! Stu does America is still ok, I guess…whatever.
Reviewed in the United States on June 20, 2020
Stalin and Mao combined killed close to 100-million people…. and all 100-million would rather be where they are now as opposed to having to read this book. It’s literally that boring.
Reviewed in the United States on June 23, 2020
Better information can be found by reading entrails.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 9, 2020
Unoriginal and misleading
(review too long to copy here)
Amusing though these reviews are, I do not include them to make fun of Imran Ahmed, but to show that he is capable, in other people’s opinions, of spouting total rubbish. I concur.
Or lack thereof. Imran Ahmed is not medically qualified to be able to comment on what is and isn’t medical misinformation. It is also evident that he is not keeping up with medical news in order to correct his lies and misinformation. He is just putting blind faith in doctors, scientists and politicians, many of whom have too much credibility invested in vaccines to change their minds. Fortunately there are those who kept an open mind and are keeping abreast of the latest information, and in some cases, using it to develop effective treatments.
I heard in one interview that he started to study medicine but soon quit. So as not to upset his parents he said he lied to them so they thought he was continuing his studies. If so, he is a qualified liar if not a qualified medic.
The problem with Imran Ahmed is that he acts as if he is right in his views on Covid-19 to such a degree that he is certain that everyone who thinks differently is wrong. This is very dangerous because he is trying to shut down anyone who says that maybe the “vaccines” have side effects and we should exercise caution. What we need is open and honest discussion and proper reporting and analysis of side effects and deaths. Then you won’t have the information vacuum that sucks in the lunatic fringe as well as those in the so-called Disinformation Dozen who have genuine and reasonable concerns. Frankly, I don’t know whether all their concerns are genuine and reasonable, but I know that enough of them are so as to completely invalidate CCDH’s and Imran Ahmed’s tirades against “anti-vaxxers”. Imran Ahmed is part of the problem, not the solution.