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On Thursday, April 23, President Donald Trump ruminated during a press conference about the possibility that, just as disinfectants can destroy the Wuhan virus outside the body, there might be a way to destroy the virus inside the body. Within hours, the mainstream media was telling people the Trump was telling Americans to inject or ingest disinfectant to treat Wuhan virus.
After that, the internet was quickly inundated with “Trump said to drink bleach” memes. While there was factual pushback from conservatives, facts made no difference – the hoax was set in place. It will now be a smear against Trump's name as permanent as the Charlottesville hoax. Using videos and memes, this post will sketch out how the hoax developed.
Hoax Phase 1: Trump theorizes within the realm of available facts. The media says that he “suggests” a toxic "cure."
Here’s the video of President Trump’s original remarks. It’s quite obvious that he’s talking about potential experiments with ultraviolet lights or disinfectants that can be used in the lungs. It’s obvious that Trump is not recommending anything specific, especially either Lysol or bleach. Instead, he’s theorizing based upon things known to kill the virus and on medical procedures that already exist.
Nevertheless, as just one example of media malfeasance, NBC labeled the video “President Trump Suggests ‘Injecting’ Disinfectant as Coronavirus Cure.”
Hoax Phase 2: While NBC sort of played it straight, soon “reputable” media outlets are asserting that Trump instructed the American people to do something incredibly dangerous:
Hoax Phase 3: A day after Trump's press conferences, Nancy Pelosi gives her own press conference during which she states that President Trump advised Americans to inject Lysol into their bodies.
Hoax Phase 4: Prominent media personalities (in this example, the New York Times’ Frank Bruni) continue to misquote Trump:
Hoax Phase 5: Activist organizations, such as Occupy Democrats, assert that Trump is promoting killer cures:
And it never occurred to you that this might be a snake-oil salesman flogging a "miracle magic light" called "Heal/Light" (inspired product name!), in order to take advantage of stupid people?
Jenifer (Zarknorph) said:
'It's toxic': How coronavirus conspiracies are putting strain on friendships and families The pandemic has quickly changed everything - we're confined to our homes, glued to our screens. Yet for some the virus has also fractured a shared sense of what is fact, what is true.
Nothing conspiracy about it - the US has used biological WMD, Israel has used them and is using them again.
Most critically, WHO has no treaty basis, no powers of inspection or enforcement because the US and Israel won't accept them.
Global health has never more clearly been held hostage by the genocidal.
Of course, but has this ever occurred to you . . .
"Collective fear stimulates the herd mentality, and tends to produce ferocity towards those who are not regarded as members of the herd. " -- Bertrand Russell
Excerpts from a longer essay by our friend
Matthew Noto @Myplanet, My Rules