The media’s #OrangeManBad narrative has gotten so bad that it inspired a licensed doctor to confidently declare on social media that “[t]he American media is garbage.”
Is physician and board-certified radiologist Dr. Milton R. Wolf wrong? Probably not.
In tweets posted Saturday morning, he specifically took aim at Bloomberg for running a widely mocked piece warning that the potential coronavirus cure that’s currently being scrutinized by the Trump administration can be lethal at very high doses …
As Wolf and countless others nightly noted, ANY DRUG can be lethal at very high doses.
1. Every drug ever in history kills if overdosed.
2. Even water kills if taken in excess.
— Dr. Milton Wolf (@MiltonWolfMD) March 21, 2020
Also, I don’t expect the brain trust at Bloomberg (@business) to understand this, but 2 grams is a big dose. It’s 2,000 milligrams.
Look at your own medicine bottles.
You shouldn’t take 2,000 milligrams of even ibuprofen or aspirin.
— Dr. Milton Wolf (@MiltonWolfMD) March 21, 2020
2 grams of almost any drug will kill you. https://t.co/TdbiOy5Mea
— Michael Brendan Dougherty (@michaelbd) March 21, 2020
— Milena Rodban (@MilenaRodban) March 21, 2020
This story must be generating some sweet hate-traffic to still be up. It has to be the dumbest attack on Trump ever published, and there’s a lot of competition https://t.co/SxivKEhOGO
— Brent Scher (@BrentScher) March 21, 2020
Bloomberg report: Overdoses can kill you https://t.co/6X1kCB6AEW
— Justin Green (@JGreenDC) March 21, 2020
“The drug touted by the U.S. President Donald Trump as a possible line of treatment against the coronavirus comes with severe warnings in China and can kill in dosages as little as two grams,” the actual Bloomberg piece reads.
That decades-old malaria drug is chloroquine, and the potential for it being a cure for coronavirus appears to be exceptionally high, though even the president has admitted that more testing must still be conducted.
“[W]e’re quickly studying this drug, and while we’re continuing to study it — but the studying is going to be also done in — as it’s given out to large groups of people, perhaps in New York and other places. We’ll study it there,” he said at a briefing last Thursday.
In response, the left-wing media pounced, with propagandists claiming the president was seducing the American people with “false hope.”
Upon the publication of Bloomberg’s piece, the pouncing doubled and tripled, with far-left media figures citing it as proof that the president was full of it.
Wait… you mean the drug the immature game show host screamed about in all caps this morning that hasn’t been approved for #Covid_19 use… might not be safe?
I refuse to believe it. https://t.co/Fuv07geHOm
— Ed Greenberger (@EdGreenberger) March 21, 2020
the walking disinformation machine president strikes again. https://t.co/CNCmuj3H6X
— hannah gais (@hannahgais) March 21, 2020
— Mark Hamrick (@hamrickisms) March 20, 2020
Bloomberg isn’t the only outlet that’s sought to prematurely dismiss the potential of chloroquine as a coronavirus cure.
Not by a long shot.
Case in point:
Moreover, in multiple articles published over the past few days, The New York Times has reportedly repeatedly accused the president of having “exaggerated the potential of drugs available to treat the new coronavirus, including an experimental antiviral treatment and decades-old malaria remedies that hint of promise but so far show limited evidence of healing the sick.”
As noted by National Review’s Alexandra DeSanctis, while nobody should claim that chloroquine is a surefire thing — which the president certainly hasn’t — “neither should reporters cover a possible positive development from the angle of how best they can disparage the president. And Trump’s comments about the drug, though perhaps more optimistic than warranted, were not unreasonable.”
Yet the media keep attacking him, almost as if they care more about maintaining their #OrangeManBad narrative than they do about the millions of Americans crying out for help.
Media: Study finds promising results!
Trump: Wow these results are promising lets get on this!
Media: omg lol Trump is so dumb, orange man is bad pic.twitter.com/M5XvetRcey
— Tim Pool (@Timcast) March 22, 2020
The proof of this seems to lie in their notable lack of coverage concerning a groundbreaking chloroquine study in France.
“A very old drug is coming back to the fore. The successful testing of hydroxychloroquine for use against the coronavirus in France’s second city Marseille on March 16 created high expectations amid this surging epidemic – especially in light of Donald Trump’s announcement on Thursday that the US Food and Drug Administration has approved its use for this purpose,” France 24 reported Friday.
“Didier Raoult, director of a university hospital institute in Marseille, explained that he had conducted a clinical trial in which he treated 25 Covid-19 patients with hydroxychloroquine. After six days, he said, only 25 percent of patients who took this drug still had the virus in their body. By contrast, 90 percent of those who had not taken hydroxychloroquine continued to carry the Covid-19.”
While more testing is still needed and experts have cautioned “that there is still uncertainty about its effectiveness,” the idea that chloroquine can just be dismissed outright as a potential cure — as the media have seemingly done — isn’t accurate.
But again, it seems that all some in the media care about is maintaining their #OrangeManBad narrative.
Too bad for then, that narrative just isn’t resonating with the American people anymore …
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