Thursday, June 4, 2020

UPDATED: It's Perfect! Fauci Adopts Egg-On-Face Look!

This morning I asked whether Trump Derangement Syndrome is a killer. This evening we have the answer: TDS is a Liberal Killer.

Tristan Justice at The Federalist picked up the story:

Lancet Formally Retracts Fake Hydroxychloroquine Study Used By Media To Attack Trump

This story is just incredible to me. The Lancet--a peer reviewed journal--apparently got reviewed by scientific peers for not subjecting a "study" on HCQ to the most minimal vetting. The verdict of the peers was extremely negative. The folks at The Lancet are now consuming a large helping of crow:

The Lancet, a peer-reviewed medical journal that published a 96,000-subject study indicting the efficacy of the politically controversial hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 has retracted its findings that the malaria medication led to an increased risk of death.
“Today, three of the authors of the paper, ‘Hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine with or without a macrolide for treatment of COVID-19: a multinational registry analysis”, have retracted their study,” The Lancet said in a retraction statement Thursday. “They were unable to complete an independent audit of the data underpinning their analysis. As a result, they have concluded that they ‘can no longer vouch for the veracity of the primary data sources.”

The "study", now retracted as bullsh*t, was widely touted by experts such as Neil Cavuto in puerile attempts to discredit a guy who obviously has done his homework on the subject: President Trump. But the most delicious reminder of how unscientific not only know-nothings like Cavuto but the scientific establishment has become is this one:

Imagine that--Fauci, "the nation's top infectious disease expert", stopped short of banning a drug that is used worldwide and has been approved by the FDA as safe for 60 years! Is there any nonsense that TDSers will not espouse in their insane rage against a president who has consistently done his best to further the interests of everyday Americans--in the face of a steady drumbeat of vilification?

UPDATE: When you think about it, Fauci's performance with regard to HCQ is really a firing offense. He's supposed to be offering leadership in a pandemic that has targeted the elderly in particular, but instead he has embraced a hoax narrative that is essentially a type of conspiracy theory ('Trump has a financial interest in HCQ' - the NYT). In the moral equivalent of a war--we did shut the country down, pretty much, right?--he has sabotaged our defenses. Inexcusable.


  1. Lancet is not merely A peer reviewed journal, it is THE peer reviewed Med Journal in the UK, since 1823.
    While it has had some embarrassing boo-boos in recent decades, this episode will likely go down as the worst, esp. since Fauci so hung his hat on it.

  2. You know how they put a surgeon general warning on a pack of cigarettes about lung cancer, heart disease, etc.?

    Maybe a warning could come with government 'advice'.

    "Warning: Heeding this advice could cost your life, your health, your freedom, or your sanity."

  3. From WUWT:
    Bizarre age we live in, where an entire FIELD is hijacked in order to discredit an individual–to the point of killing people.

  4. I read about this on another blog and the reference to the lead guy co-authoring the material referenced by L. What a joke. Fake news lives I guess.

    1. Whenever I read stuff like this I think of my son's wedding. My first cousin got in an argument with one of my sisters about Trump--or at least I think it was about Trump. I had to try to restore some peace, and struggled to maintain a straight face when my cousin haughtily informed me: And there is no fake news.

  5. Facts don't matter. Feelings are all that matters. Everything necessary is used to reinforce The Narrative, nothing to contradict it.

    George Orwell would be having a field day with these morons, but none of them have read Orwell. I read Animal House in elementary school (it was classroom assigned). Today's college graduates don't know anything of the man...

  6. @ Forbes

    So true. I thought of Orwell this morning reading Daniel Henninger's fine column in today's Wall Street Journal: 'America's New Nihilism'.

    Henninger describes the progressives' efforts to simply erase the last 50 years of racial history in this country...because its inconvenient.

    He writes:

    Simply performing a cut-and-paste on 50 years of U.S. political history is an act of nihilism. Pummeled by activists and the media with constant accusations of “systemic racism,” as this week, and despite what many thought were 50 years of good-faith efforts on racial conciliation, people go numb, concluding that the solution being offered now is, literally, no solution.

    Hopefully Orwell would be pleased that Henninger gets it!

    PS Forbes -- You meant to write Animal Farm, not Animal House, but they are both quite instructive! :)

    1. Oh, hilarious! Good catch. I have to admit "Animal House" was released long after my elementary school years. The sheer silliness of today's morons must've made a synaptic connection...

      From Wiki: A Freudian slip, also called parapraxis, is an error in speech, memory, or physical action that occurs due to the interference of an unconscious subdued wish or internal train of thought.

      Unconscious typing is a now-discovered new skillset for me. I'll have to double-up my proof reading.

  7. Anyone who doubts, that the Establishment was *hanging it's hat* on this now-refuted study, should read the Politico article to which the above tweet links:

    "The scientific data is really *quite evident* now about the lack of efficacy," Fauci — the U.S. government's top infectious disease expert — said on CNN.

    ... Fauci's comments come days after the Lancet published a 96,000-patient observational study that concluded that hydroxychloroquine had no effect on Covid-19 and may have even caused some harm.

    France decided this week to *ban the use* of hydroxychloroquine, *even in clinical* trials, and the WHO has *paused its clinical* trials of the drug.

    ... Fauci was unequivocal on Wednesday, saying that "the *data are clear* right now."