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‘Nice try, journo’: WaPo reporter deletes deceptive tweet that tried to pin price spike on Trump

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A reporter at The Washington Post learned that size does matter after trying to pin the exorbitant price of isopropyl alcohol on President Trump and his administration.

The Post’s Amber Phillips posted and then deleted a tweet on Thursday announcing that the cost of isopropyl alcohol on Amazon was shockingly $2,375. Her tweet came after Trump’s coronavirus task force briefing at the White House Thursday where a Department of Homeland Security official spoke about the use of the product against the coronavirus.

(Image: Fox News screenshot)

William Bryan, a DHS senior official, detailed how COVID-19 was being studied at a biodefense center lab in Maryland, and findings so far included that solar light, temperature, humidity and ultraviolet light kill the virus. In addition, Bryan shared that “bleach kills it in saliva or respiratory fluids in 5 minutes; isopropyl alcohol in 30 seconds. No rubbing. Just spray it.”

“Isopropyl alcohol, which the Trump administration is saying can kill the virus in 30 seconds on surfaces, for sale on Amazon right now for $2.375,” Phillips wrote in a since-deleted tweet. She included a screenshot from the site in her tweet which was suggesting the administration triggered a price hike in rubbing alcohol because of Thursday’s comments.

What Phillips failed to include, however, was the fact that the price she quoted was for a 55-gallon drum of laboratory-grade isopropyl alcohol.

Heavy demand for hand sanitizer amid the coronavirus crisis did drive up prices for the key ingredient which became harder to obtain, according to a Wall Street Journal report at the beginning of April. But the Washington Post blogger was obviously making a different point in her tweet and Twitter users quickly called her out for it.

Some wondered if she had ever purchased rubbing alcohol at her local CVS.


But most just pointed out the obvious.

Frieda Powers


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