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Fake News #2: Man takes Chloroquine! Well, not exactly. BUT TRUMP!

A couple of weeks ago I gave an example of fake news, and today I came across a particularly shameful one.

Here is the article.

Here is a screen grab:

Trump trumpeted a drug that a man self-medicated with and then died?

Did a man and a wife really take the anti-malaria drug chloroquine!?!?!?!?

Read on.

Is chloroquine phosphate the same as the anti-malarial drug that Trump was talking about??!?!?!?

You see it right…. let me help….

Let’s look at that headline again:

Man dies and wife critical after self-medicating with malaria drug chloroquine touted by Trump to ward off coronavirus

So, did the man die after self-medicating on the malaria drug chloroquine touted by Trump?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

Uh, no.


And that, my friends, is fake news.

I should mention that Trump said nothing about ‘self-medicating’, too.   So, the attempt to implicate Trump in this person’s death–which is transparently what it is about–fails on that count, too.

I assume that even the most hyper-partisan person can see how dishonest this is, but then, it was published in the first place, so…

Now for the real question:  how much of the OTHER stuff you believe… yes, even about Trump… is flat out false?

Trump Jr put it mildly in the article:

“You people truly suck!”




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    • Jenifer Hernaez on March 23, 2020 at 6:49 pm

    I agree with Trump Jr. “You people truly suck!”
    The fake news is more dangerous than the China virus.

    • Timaahy on March 24, 2020 at 12:22 am

    Yeah but… it’s The Sun, so… 🙂

    • Stathei on March 24, 2020 at 10:27 pm

    I agree this is massaged to make Trump look even worse, but would they have taken aquarium cleaner if Trump was not irresponsibly, incorrectly and without any proof touting choroquine as a treatment for COVID-19? Of course not, and they would still be alive today had they not seen his press conference.

    Today Trump says he hopes to relax quarantine measures by Easter. When asked if this was based on expert medical opinion, he said he came up with the timeline himself. When asked why, he said “I just thought it was a beautiful time, a beautiful timeline, it’s a great day”. We are so fucked. “Donald Trump is President and there is a pandemic” sounds like the introduction to a humorous board game question from 2006 yet here we are. God help us all.

    • End Bringer on March 25, 2020 at 9:46 am

    Would any Americans have died from the coronavirus, if it weren’t for Liberals and their irresponsible, reprehensible, and out right criminal opposition to securing our borders in a robust and common sense way that would keep it’s citizens safe? To say nothing of all the death, rape, and kidnappings that occur in the southern countries just on the trek to get to the US that’s propagated by Liberal groups encouraging them to make the journey and instructing them how to game the system?

    More people have died and been ruined by so-called Liberal “good-intentions,” than anything Trump has done, especially in matters of personal stupidity on the part of the deceased, where linking it to Trump is so thin, their parents have more culpability in their deaths than he does simply by having and raising them, or the manufacturers of the cleaner for simply making the stuff.

    SJ was sadly wrong. No amount of proof of transparent dishonesty, absurdity, or clearly bald faced lies, can pierce a hyper-partisan’s frothing hatred, as shown.

    • Anthony on March 25, 2020 at 9:59 am

    “Massaged” ?


    “if Trump was not irresponsibly”

    That’s a fun game, but remember, we all get to play. There are a lot of people who have done a lot of things with consequences several steps down the line that would not have happened otherwise, but which we generally don’t hold those first people to account. Generally.

    In actuality, this has been my complaint about the shut down response by people like you. Remember how I asked if you would apologize to those who are harmed if we have ‘over reacted’? Hell, I could ask if you would apologize to those you harmed even if we deem we acted appropriately. My complaint is that your perspective and preferred policies come at a price, but you refuse to acknowledge your role in exacting it. Maybe when you take more responsibility for your own actions, I’ll let you get bent out of shape about this.

    Ok, ok, there at the end you did take a more measured tone on it., so maybe I’m being too hard on you.

    As for “We are so fucked” that is just a bunch of nonsense. The role of the president in such matters is generally small, which, of course, is why no one gave a rat’s ass while Obama presided over 12,500 dead re: the 2009 swine flu. The media gave him a pass because they liked Obama. The media inflamed this current thing because they didn’t like Trump. Neither man was the crux upon which our nation fights such things. You claim to be a doctor, so you should know very well that the state, county, and local officials are where the action is. The Federal level has a role, but the boots on the ground are not Federal boots. Thank God for that, I say.

    • Anthony on March 25, 2020 at 10:08 am

    “SJ was sadly wrong.”

    I so hate it when I’m wrong, too. 🙁

    “if it weren’t for Liberals and their irresponsible, reprehensible, and out right criminal opposition to securing our borders in a robust and common sense way that would keep it’s citizens safe? ”

    You were posting as I was writing. This is a good example of what I mean by a game that “we all get to play.” As you know (but Stathei probably missed) I documented how decisions made at the highest level of the Obama administration (and Obama himself?) led to the deaths of more than 60,000 Americans for no other reason than to buff up Obama’s legacy re: Iran.

    I checked the numbers today. 785 dead to the coronavirus. 59,215 to go to match Obama’s malevolence re: the opioid epidemic. About 11,750 to go to match Obama’s handling of H1N1(2009).

    Maybe we could mention all those Syrian refugees who would not have been refugees at all except that Obama decided that it was time for regime change in Syria?

    Yes, this IS a fun game to play!

    To be clear, I don’t object to it being played, but let’s let everyone play!

    • Anthony on March 25, 2020 at 6:59 pm

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