It’s hard not to conclude that journalism is dead when the hoax that President Trump during his pandemic briefing last Thursday advised people to drink Lysol.
He said no such thing.
Here is the clip in question.
I defy you to find anywhere in that clip where he advocates anyone doing anything that might be harmful.
Trump is clearly musing about potential therapies and asking doctors if they would be looking into them. He is theorizing based upon known things that kill the virus. The remarks followed a presentation of experiments done by military researchers on what kills the virus.
Yet NBC labeled the video “President Trump Suggests ‘Injecting’ Disinfectant as Coronavirus Cure.”
Then the Washington Post jumped in, claiming the president had floated another bogus coronavirus cure and saying his administration was scrambling to stop people from injecting disinfectants.
Then on Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held her own press conference in which she said Trump had advised people to inject Lysol.
Here’s the clip.
Did any journalist challenge that statement?
Do I even have to ask that question?
By that time the hoax was firmly in place and CNN was carrying a bit about how Illinois had seen a significant increase in calls to poison control in the past two days, “including calls about people ingesting cleaning solutions and bleach.”
Remarkably, these were just “calls” and not actually trips to the emergency room, because if people had been swilling Lysol and whatever other disinfectants they might around the house, they’d be calling 9-1-1 within seconds.
But no matter. That story went viral and the media played it up big.
Why spoil a good story with facts?
At this point the Lysol hoax is fixed in the mind of the Democrats and the Left and nothing anyone else can say or do can disabuse people of that belief.
It’s the Charlottesville “fine people” hoax all over again.
And it’s all courtesy of journalism.
Yeah it’s dead – deader than a door nail.
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