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How Quack Doctors And Powerful GOP Operatives Spread Misinformation To Millions

Discussion in 'GatorNana's Too Hot for Swamp Gas' started by studegator, Jul 29, 2020.

  1. studegator

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    How Quack Doctors And Powerful GOP Operatives Spread Misinformation To Millions | HuffPost

    The video featured a string of right-wing talking points that criticized lockdown measures, demonized public health officials, called for schools to reopen and urged Americans not to wear face masks. The speakers, who were all portrayed as doctors, often declared hydroxychloroquine a “cure” for COVID-19. (No legitimate medical organizations have recognized any “cure” for COVID-19, and multiple clinical trials have shown hydroxychloroquine is not beneficial in treating the virus.)

    One of the main characters in the clip was a religious minister and pediatrician who has previously warned against having sex with demons — so at first glance, it would be easy to characterize the video as just another random conspiracy crank finding a massive audience thanks to Facebook.

    But in fact, a conservative dark-money group was behind the press event that created this viral propaganda moment. The group featured in the video, “America’s Frontline Doctors,” sprang from nowhere only days ago and appears connected to groups involved in the Save Our Country Coalition, which was a driving force behind the “reopen” protests in April that lobbied for America’s rapid reopening, even as death tolls spike in hot spots across the country.
     
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  2. BobK89

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  3. GatorNorth

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    People believe what they want to believe.

    I have Facebook friends who posted this video as gospel b/c it supports their agenda and politics, not because of science. And it works both ways.

    And Stella Immanuel is straight up fruitcake with additional nuts served on top.
     
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  4. mutz87

    mutz87 #restinpowerrbg VIP Member

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    Let these sicko quacks explain this...

    Head of Baltimore ICU dies of coronavirus, surrounded by his staff and husband

    A physician who headed the intensive care at Baltimore’s Mercy Medical Center has died of the novel coronavirus, a hospital spokesman said Monday.

    Dr. Joseph J. Costa, who was chief of the hospital’s Critical Care Division, died about 4:45 a.m. Saturday in the same ICU he supervised. He was attended by his partner of 28 years and about 20 staff members, who placed their hands on him as he died. Costa was 56.

    David R. Hart, Costa’s husband, described the moment as painfully surreal when Costa died in his arms surrounded by the people he supervised and worked with.

    “Can you imagine taking care of your own son, so to speak, or your brother, if you were a doctor, and going through this? That’s kind of what it’s like when you work at Mercy or any hospital,” Hart, 57, said Monday. “So that’s the hard part for me to watch. He was extraordinary.”



    How messed up our country is with a swath of the population that is reveling in conspiracy theories--and worse, the folks behind these conspiracy theories are criminally irresponsible.
     
  5. littlebluelw

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    Is this any different than the Don Jr twitter thread posting?
     
  6. NavyGator93

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    It is similar but I am personally ok with it because the people that believe that idiot doctor probably will need it explained a few times.
     
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  7. rivergator

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    Some are rushing to the doctor's defense:

    Top right-wing media figures rally around “demon sperm” doc
     
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  9. scooterp

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    The same could be said for the other side.
     
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  10. NavyGator93

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    Demon Sperm Doc. And people wonder how biden is polling so well despite the fact that he has been awol for months.

    When you rally behind the Demon Sperm Doc, most normal people are going to think you're an idiot.
     
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  11. GatorNorth

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    Which is why I specifically said "and it works both ways" in the post you quoted.
     
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    So you are saying a solid No to the demon bukakke session?:(:confused::eek::devil:
     
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    Beware the Demon Seed
     
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    Are you seriously defending a woman who talks about alien DNA in medications and dream sex with demons and witches causing "female problems"? Really? I understand the knee jerk reaction is to defend Trump, Fox News and anything they support, but as an educated person don't you stop at least every once in a while and just say "hell no"? This one would have been a good place to start.
     
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  16. scooterp

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    Good lord, that was a swing and a miss.

    There was absolutely nothing in my comment in defense of that Dr. Not even sure how you even came to that conclusion. Was pointing out that leftist tend to believe their own bullshit, in their own bubble and you just demonstrated it. Thanks
     
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  17. studegator

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    07/29/2020 05:15 pm ET
    Mike Pence Met With Group Behind Viral Coronavirus Misinformation Video | HuffPost

    "Vice President Mike Pence held a quiet meeting on Tuesday with a group called America’s Frontline Doctors to discuss the use of unproven anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine in treating COVID-19. The meeting came as video of a Monday press conference held by the group was going mega-viral online, racking up tens of millions of views and leading to a widespread effort by social media companies to remove the video and penalize some people who shared it, including one of the president’s sons.
    Pence’s office did not publicize the meeting nor respond to requests for comment, but several members of the group tweeted Tuesday evening that the meeting had just occurred. “Just finished a great meeting with Vice President Mike Pence and his Chief of Staff,” wrote James Todaro, a member of the group who trained as an ophthalmologist. “We are doing everything to restore the power of medicine back to doctors. Doctors everywhere should be able to prescribe Hydroxychloroquine without repercussions or obstruction.”
    Todaro, who also presents himself as a cryptocurrency entrepreneur, co-authored a widely circulated Google Docs file proclaiming the benefits of hydroxychloroquine in March. It claimed to be affiliated with Stanford Medical University and several other institutions, but HuffPost reported in March that wasn’t true. Google removed the document for violating its terms of service, but not before it gained the attention of Fox News and other right-wing media outlets, which began promoting the document. Trump advocated for the drug shortly after."
     
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  18. NavyGator93

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    I am going to have to assume trump made him meet with this group because I don’t think Pence is that stupid.
     
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    I've thought for awhile the only way to explain Pence, is that he has to be possessed by some evil force. Perhaps he's been having dream sex with astral plain demon aliens? Just a thought. Or maybe he is just that stupid.
     
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  20. mutz87

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    Good ole "Dr. Erickson" of the April viral video involving him and his biz partner in Bakersfield was part of that group.

    If anyone is truly interested in figuring out how to determine what research can be relied on, mindlessly accepting claims of docs in a viral video is not the way to go. You have to look at what randomized control trials find. Science doesn't give a crap what any of us believe, but a well done randomized control trial (or even better many of them) can allow people to have confidence in findings and thus drug efficacy. These videos so lure people in, but they serve only to muddy the waters, achieved much more easily because people abandon skepticism.
     
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