Wednesday, July 29, 2020

What a world

Thanks again to the liberal media.

From Vox's daily email:

·       On Monday night, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to (re)tweet out dangerous misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic. He amplified a false claim to his 84.2 million followers that “Covid has cure” — which it does not. [CBS News / Christopher Brito]

·       The tweet — which linked to a video promoting the disproven drug hydroxychloroquine and dismissing the need to wear a mask — was quickly removed by Twitter for violating the site’s Covid-19 misinformation policy. [Vice / David Gilbert]

·       Separately, Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, tweeted out the video on Monday night, describing it as “a must watch!!!” The tweet has since been deleted, and Don Jr. lost his tweeting privileges for 12 hours. [The Verge / Chaim Gartenberg]

·       The conspiracy video that both Trumps chose to promote is objectively absurd: As the Daily Beast reported Tuesday, a doctor featured in the video has argued that the US government is run by “reptilians,” among other bizarre claims. [The Daily Beast / Will Sommer]

·       Nonetheless, the video, which was shared by the far-right site Breitbart, got substantial traction on Monday. Facebook said it was viewed more than 14 million times before it was taken down. [Washington Post / Katie Shepherd and Taylor Telford]

·       Trump defended the conspiracy theorist doctor, Stella Immanuel, telling reporters on Tuesday she was "spectacular" and "very respected." Immanuel has attributed various health issues to "people having sex in their dreams with demons" in addition to her hydroxychloroquine advocacy. [Twitter / Jeremy Diamond]

·       The tweet that finally resulted in Twitter taking action was just one of several shared by Trump on Monday night that boosted the discredited theory that the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine is an effective Covid-19 treatment. And at least one attacked the credibility of Dr. Anthony Fauci. [Twitter / Manu Raju]

·       On Tuesday, Fauci brushed off the attacks, telling George Stephanopoulos that “I don’t even read them. ... I just will continue to do my job no matter what comes out because I think it’s very important.” [TPM / Zoë Richards]

·       But the coronavirus misinformation problem isn’t just coming from the White House. Over the weekend, the right-wing Sinclair Broadcast Group came under fire for its plan — now abandoned — to air an interview with a conspiracy theorist featured in the Plandemic movie. [Vox / Zeeshan Aleem]

·       The video that Trump shared on Monday was backed by the Tea Party Patriots, a fundraising group that has donated more than $24 million to Republicans since 2014. [NBC News / Brandy Zadrozny and Ben Collins]

And while Trump continues to amplify baseless coronavirus conspiracies, the pandemic is still running rampant in the US. More than 148,000 people have died of the virus, and a federal report from this past weekend urged 21 states to tighten measures aimed at controlling the virus. [New York Times]

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