CNN is at it again. Our American version of Tokyo Rose complains now that Donald J. Trump touts the cures for Coronavirus “too soon,” in their April 11, 2020, yet-another-hit piece on our President.
First, dear CNN, you didn’t accomplish what your headline, “Trump is wrong in so many ways about hydroxychloroquine” promised. You didn’t show once where he was “wrong,” you just think he’s “premature.” Oh really, is it too “soon” to save American lives? Do we need thousands more dead? So let’s take it slow, point by point and see if the details of the CNN article matches reality:
Question #1: How soon until we know if Hydroxychloroquine works against Coronavirus?
CNN misquoted Trump in their assertion: On March 29 on Fox News, Trump said, “we’re going to have a good idea over the next three days,” whether hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin work. “I think it might be successful … we’re going to know within days.” CNN’s citation was a very brief extraction from a 53 minute (see around the 45:50 mark) interview from FOX.
CNN misquoted Trump, he actually said, “I think” and placed the proper medical caveats around his belief. A media spin designed to discredit the President.
Question #2: French researchers have already done a clinical study showing hydroxychloroquine works as a treatment for Coronavirus. Doesn’t that tell us something?
CNN asserts: Trump says yes. Doctors say the study was terrible, so no. They suggest further that Trump spoke glowingly about this “small French study” at an April 5, 2020, White House briefing.
But CNN fails to mention other trials and cherry-picks one trial. There are other trials in progress – see here, here and here. The French and others have run these trials and found again another astounding 80% success rate. Using Hydroxychloroquine and Z-pak together, French doctors have put this remedy immediately into their protocols for Coronavirus treatment. President Emmanuel Macron even visited the French doctor, Professor Didier Raoult, in Marseille to review his findings and is taking his information under advisement. The survey conducted by Sermo, a global health care polling company, of 6,227 physicians in 30 countries found that 37% of those treating COVID-19 patients rated hydroxychloroquine as the “most effective therapy” from a list of 15 options. In the meantime, millions of hydroxychloroquine tablets are being pumped out by Israel, and the Bureau of Prisons has purchased $60,000 worth – not usually something they do with “untested” drugs. We are waiting for the CNN article to say how these organizations are irresponsible as well.
Question #3: Have some people tried to delay hydroxychloroquine clinical trials?
CNN asserts: Trump says yes, and he came to the rescue. Doctors say they have no idea what he’s talking about.
CNN knows very well to get a remedy, in rapid response, one has to cut government red tape and fast track remedies – he said this in the very same video cited in Question #1. In a pandemic, you don’t have four months for “scientific trials.” You’re looking at a live, real-time experiment, with people dying, and nothing you can do about it. If someone offers up a ray of hope, with possibly millions dying, you take it and then fast track it.
Question #4: Is Hydroxychloroquine safe for coronavirus patients?
CNN asserts: Trump says yes. Doctors say the drug can have serious side effects.
But even in the CNN article, they state: In the journal “Antiviral Research,” Dr. Xavier de Lamballerie and Franck Touret wrote that Hydroxychloroquine is “considered to be safe and side-effects are generally mild and transitory,” but that “the margin between the therapeutic and toxic dose is narrow.”
CNN suggests that Trump is saying to take hydroxychloroquine “willy nilly” without any doctor oversight involved. This is taking Trump’s comments out of context. CNN had to have known that. India uses this anti-malaria drug routinely and has millions of dosages that they are sending to the USA. Trump was specific when talking about the combination of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin might lead to cardiac concerns and physicians are monitoring that possibility closely in United States trials. See American physicians discussing clinical trials here :
Hydroxychloroquine is a drug that has been around for decades, and if used properly has been proven safe and effective in certain situations. The new cocktail being used to combat this virus presently in trials is a combination of drugs not just Hydroxychloroquine. CNN made no attempt to distinguish that fact or provide a balanced report. Right Wire Report are not doctors and can not advocate the use of Hydroxychloroquine. This is a decision between you and your doctor.
Politics does not belong in the mix when trying to save lives. Hydroxychloroquine trials are now happening in several states under the direction of the CDC. If it is effective in combating Coronavirus, why disparage its use, just to take a political shot at President Trump? Do we not have to look at all possibilities for remedies and put medical safety over political expediency? This is journalistic malpractice by CNN.