They Ate Fish-tank Cleaner, But Look How CBS Describes It:

Arizona man dies, wife ill after taking drug touted as virus treatment: “Trump kept saying it was basically pretty much a cure.” It’s not a “drug touted as virus treatment.” It’s fish tank cleaner, with warning labels, containing an ingredient that sounds similar.

Press: Want people to stop thinking you’re garbage? Stop being garbage. And CBS, you’re garbage for running this story with this headline. Absolute garbage. And you don’t care, and we all know why.

 

IT’S NOT TRUMP’S FAULT IF PEOPLE ARE STUPID OR MAYBE CRAZY. THIS IS LIKE BLAMING GEORGE BUSH FOR METEOR STRIKES:  Media Peddles Fake News About Fish Tank Cleaner To Blame Trump.

FISH TANK CLEANER is bad for your health. The media, however, isn’t warning you about that. Instead they are peddling Fake News. But now, while people are on the edge, have lost their jobs, and are watching in disgust as Democrats play games, the media decides to up the ante. This time with a major story about a death in Arizona involving FISH TANK CLEANER.

Yes folks, you read that correctly. I saw the story that Axios published last night.

“Man dies after self-medicating with chloroquine”

Nice headline isn’t it? They did it just for clicks. The story itself, which I should’ve taken a screen shot of, was short and simple. It originally stated that the couple, in their mid-60’s, ingested the actual drug in hopes of preventing the from getting Coronavirus. It linked to the Banner Health press announcement and went on to infer that if President Trump hadn’t been touting hydroxychloroquine, plus azithromycin as a possible treatment, this couple wouldn’t have overdosed on the medication. Here’s the problem with the story that Axios peddled, they purposefully left out a crucial detail from Banner’s report.

“A man has died and his wife is under critical care after the couple, both in their 60s, ingested chloroquine phosphate, an additive commonly used at aquariums to clean fish tanks. Within thirty minutes of ingestion, the couple experienced immediate effects requiring admittance to a nearby Banner Health hospital.”

FISH TANK CLEANER for treating sick fish. NOT anti-malaria medication. Did ANYONE in the media bother to read the entire Banner Health announcement? No. Instead, they ran with it in an effort to paint Trump as the bad guy in this. A few sample headlines.

NYTimes: Man Fatally Poisons Himself While Self-Medicating for Coronavirus, Doctor Says

Slate: Arizona Man Dies From Chloroquine Overdose After Listening to Trump Coronavirus Press Conference

HuffPost: Arizona Man Dies After Self-Medicating With Chloroquine In Attempt To Prevent Coronavirus

Nice theme going there isn’t it? NBC News however, really won the Fake News sweepstakes on this story.  They nabbed an interview with the man’s wife! 

“The man’s wife told NBC News she’d watched televised briefings during which President Trump talked about the potential benefits of chloroquine. Even though no drugs are approved to prevent or treat COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, some early research suggests it may be useful as a therapy.

“We were afraid of getting sick.”

The name “chloroquine” resonated with the man’s wife, who asked that her name not be used to protect the family’s privacy. She’d used it previously to treat her koi fish.

“I saw it sitting on the back shelf and thought, ‘Hey, isn’t that the stuff they’re talking about on TV?’””

 

From memory: “Stupidity is the only capital crime. The penalty is always death. There is no appeal.”- Robert A. Heinlein.

 

h/t GR

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