Call it Trump Derangement Syndrome—on steroids. If ever there was a doubt the extent to which the media will go to blame President Trump for everything from school shootings to the coronavirus, there should no longer be. The latest anti-Trump hit job is literally so far over the top it almost seems like a Saturday Night Live skit.
Last week, the president made a comment that there were some promising results coming from hydroxychloroquine, or chloroquine for short for the treatment of coronavirus.
Chloroquine, in case you have been living under a rock for the past ten days is the same drug that is commonly used to treat malaria. The president had touted the drug as a promising cure for COVID-19.
The president touted the possibility that the promising, but unproven cocktail of drugs had a chance to be a “game changer” in the fight against the virus. Indeed, there have been some positive results with the drug, when prescribed by a doctor and taken under medical direction.
Of course the media, infested not with coronavirus but a terminal case of Trump Derangement Syndrome immediately piled on the president. Tucker Carlson did an outstanding analysis of the madness that followed the president’s suggestion that chloroquine was a “promising” drug that might help combat the virus.
Indeed, there is the case of a Florida man, who was at the point where doctors said that there was nothing more they could do for him, and was actually in the process of bidding farewell to his family. His last hope was chloroquine and it ended up saving his life.
Florida man with Coronavirus says drug touted by Trump, hydroxychloroquine, saved his life
“I was at the point where I was barely able to speak and breathing was very challenging.. I really thought my end was there.”
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) March 23, 2020
“HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE & AZITHROMYCIN, taken together, have a real chance to be one of the biggest game changers in the history of medicine. The FDA has moved mountains—Thank You!,” the president tweeted last Saturday.
While the president was optimistic about the drug, his FDA chief noted that it was probably too soon to get an answer as to when the drugs might be widely available.
So, when some ill-informed man in Arizona and his wife decided to ingest something called “chloroquine phosphate” last week, which caused him to die and his wife to become hospitalized, the knee-jerk, anti-Trump mob sprang into action.
Trump: Penicillin was a life-saving discovery.
Some Moron: I’m going to eat all the mold and live forever.
Media: Trump murdered that poor man.
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) March 24, 2020
Despite the fact that what the couple took was FISH TANK CLEANER, not the drug chloroquine, it was still Trump’s fault. How about some headlines for you?
ScuzzFeed, er BuzzFeed: “A Man Died After Self-Medicating With A Drug That Trump Promoted As A Potential Treatment For The Coronavirus.”
The Guardian: “Arizona man dies after attempting to take Trump coronavirus ‘cure.’”
As a matter of fact, as soon as the president even mentioned the word chloroquine, the lamestream media pounced on it, and went into full-fledged Trump derangement mode.
Salon: “Is Trump’s much-touted chloroquine really a ‘game changer’ for COVID-19? Not exactly.”
Vanity Fair: “Experts: Trump’s Touting of an Untested ‘Game Changer’ Coronavirus Drug is Dangerous.”
CBS News: “Arizona man dies, wife ill after taking drug touted as virus treatment: ‘Trump kept saying it was pretty much a cure.’
Time Magazine [are they still in business?]: Arizona Man Dies After Taking Chemical in Coronavirus Treatment Touted by President Trump.”
Even Business Insider, typically a pretty fair-minded publication jumped into the fray with inaccurate reporting.
“The wife of an Arizona man who died after ingesting chloroquine phosphate to protect himself from coronavirus spoke out on Monday to warn the public not to ‘take anything’ or ‘believe anything’ without speaking to a healthcare professional.” No kidding, Captain Obvious.
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News sources that spread the false story besides above were ABC, Axios, CNN, the Daily Beast, Forbes, NPR, Slate, The New York Times, Huffington Post, USA Today, The Hill, Sky News, and CBC News, among others.
The wife, who also is a candidate for the Darwin award after suffering serious injuries from drinking the fish tank cleaner blamed Trump.
Dan Bongino referenced probably one of the worst examples of so-called journalism that was put forth as news coming out of this story in reference to the Arizona couple. NBC News, and we use the term news loosely, conducted an interview with the woman in the story, age 61.
The tone of the interview is put forth as a quasi-public-service announcement pronouncing the horrors of what happened to this couple and how Americans need to be careful so as not to end up in her position.
The woman says, “My advice is don’t believe anything that the President says and his people because they don’t know what they’re talking about.”
The woman tells the interviewer, Vaughn Hillyard that she is trying to share her “advice” with the public. “Educate the people!” she begs him at one point. NBC obeyed and pushed the story out on its website and Twitter account, the story was widely shared by the usual assortment of Trump haters, media and “celebrities” alike.
Keep in mind, neither this woman, nor her husband had experienced ANY symptoms of coronavirus. Like we said, Darwin award.
“We saw his press conference. It was on a lot, actually,” the woman said. “I had it in the house because I used to have koi fish.”
“I just saw it sitting on the back shelf and said, ‘Hey isn’t that the stuff they’re talking about on TV?’”
She and her husband mixed one teaspoon each with soda and drank the mixture as a preventative measure, she said.
Where the media is getting this wrong is that the president never referred to the medication as a “cure,” and he did not tell individuals to go out, find something with chloroquine in it, and take it. That did not matter to news outlets.
They saw a chance to go for the president’s jugular and they went after it. They reported this woman’s story at face value, and never took the time to actually differentiate between the drug chloroquine and chloroquine phosphate.
Out of all the outlets that initially posted the story, Axios was one of the only ones to retract the story. They finally changed their Twitter post from:
“A man has died after ingesting chloroquine phosphate—one of the anti-malaria drugs that Trump has mentioned in recent days,” to:
“We have deleted this tweet and corrected our story because it did not reflect the full nature of the self-medication done with an additive commonly used to clean fish tanks.”
We have deleted this tweet and corrected our story because it did not reflect the full nature of the self-medication done with an additive commonly used to clean fish tanks. https://t.co/0zucqRaIkI pic.twitter.com/3YY86rju2w
— Axios (@axios) March 24, 2020
ScuzzFeed of course couldn’t help themselves. Their initial headline, as noted above was:
“A Man Died After Self-Medicating With A Drug That Trump Promoted As A Potential Treatment For The Coronavirus.” to:
“A Man Died After Self-Medicating With A FORM OF A DRUG That Trump Promoted As A Potential Treatment For The Coronavirus.”
The bottom line is this. The president cannot prevent stupidity. He cannot rescue people from themselves. It’s a shame what happened to this man in Arizona, but there is something called personal responsibility. Who in the world could possibly think that a chemical used to clean a koi fish tank was safe to take internally?
The FDA, on their website says:
“Products marked for veterinary use or ‘for research only,’ or otherwise not for human consumption have not been evaluated for safety and should never be used,” the FDA said. “The FDA is aware that chloroquine is marketed as an unapproved drug to treat external parasites in aquarium fish, but these products have not been evaluated by FDA to determine if they are safe, effective, properly manufactured and properly labeled.”
“Don’t take any form of chloroquine unless it has been prescribed for you and obtained from legitimate sources,” the agency said.
Yes. Like a doctor or pharmacy.
Steven Crowder on his YouTube channel “Louder With Crowder” probably covers the absolute insanity of the media best in this clip:
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