Media Blame Donald Trump for Man’s Death After Ingesting Fish Tank Cleaner
Jim Watson / AFP / Getty
24 Mar 2020
The media rushed to blame President Donald Trump on Monday for the death of an Arizona man who ingested a form of chloroquine — before it turned out that the man had ingested a fish tank cleaner with a similar chemical.
An Arizona man has died and his wife is in critical condition after they ingested chloroquine phosphate – an aquarium cleaning product similar to drugs that have been named by President Trump as potential treatments for coronavirus infection.
The couple, in their 60s, experienced immediate distress after swallowing the drug, an additive used at aquariums to clean fish tanks, according to Banner Health Hospital in Phoenix.
Chloroquine phosphate shares the same active ingredient as malaria drugs that President Trump has touted as possibly effective against COVID-19, the potentially life-threatening disease caused by the coronavirus.
Many media outlets, however, reported that the man died after taking “chloroquine.”
Axios, for example, had to delete a tweet and issue a correction after reporting, initially: “Man dies after self-medicating with chloroquine.” . . . .
. . . BuzzFeed reported: “A Man Died After Self-Medicating With A Drug Trump Promoted As A Potential Treatment For The Coronavirus.”
The text described “a drug meant for aquariums” without distinguishing between a product sold for fish tanks and a product for humans prepared by a pharmacist and supplied with a medical prescription. . . .
. . . On Monday, he praised New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for launching clinical trials of the experimental medication regimen. Trump spoke specifically about “the hydroxychloroquine and the Z-Pak,” the latter another name for azithromycin. . . .
A few years ago people (not media but a few thoughtless people) were blaming Malia Obama for starting a fad of eating Tide Pods that resulted in deaths.
How much WORSE when the supposedly “responsible” MEDIA puts out trash like this?
This attempting to blame “Trump” for a fool that ate fish bowl cleaner stems from their Trump Derangement Syndrome.
It is just not clear thinking by those leftists.
Don’t fall for this shenanigans.
Edit: Hat tip to @drcube for bringing this issue that needed its own thread to my attention.