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COVID-19 & The Manipulated Information We’re Getting

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“State Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-OH-35) tweeted Sunday after President Trump spoke about hydroxychloroquine at his daily press briefing… ‘I can’t take it anymore. I’ve been to The Hague. I’m making a referral for crimes against humanity tomorrow…Today’s press conference was the last straw. I know the need for a prosecution referral when I see one.’”

Of course, Galonski is referring to the International Criminal Court at The Hague which the United States does not recognize. We don’t recognize it for the fact that to do so would put a non-constitutional adjudicating body above our Constitution, our rule of law, and our Supreme Court. Because we don’t recognize the ICC it has no teeth, no authority…nothing.

Now, Galonski either doesn’t understand that her “referral” means diddly-squat (which makes her a blithering idiot), forgot that her “referral” means less than the New York Times at the bottom of a birdcage (which puts her in Joe Biden’s forgetfulness group), or is a political opportunist (which puts her ethics below that of shyster attorneys and CNN and MSNBC’s).

We also need to look at her motivation via her campaign contributors. We need to see if she took any checks or quid pro quo in-kind contributions from big pharma, and here’s why.

In several locations around the world – including Australia, France, and (ironically) China, Hydroxychloroquine, when combined with Zithromax and zinc, has proven incredibly effective against the COVID-19 virus, both as a treatment after infection and as a prophylactic. This would mean that any big pharma concocted, high-priced cure that would hold the treasuries of the world hostage to political extortion wouldn’t be so critical to achieving.

And let me further juxtapose Galonski’s ignorance with this. A poll of 6,227 physicians in 30 countries across three continents, conducted by the global healthcare polling company Sermo, found that they believe hydroxychloroquine to be the best treatment for COVID-19. Further, the poll found that the United States has the lowest percentage of physicians prescribing the drug, although that number is growing.

Sermo CEO, Peter Kirk is quoted as saying, “Physicians should have more of a voice in how we deal with the pandemic and be able to quickly share information with one another around the world.” He alluded to the poll results (albeit his organization’s) as a “treasure trove of global insight for policymakers.”

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And let’s file this under the “blind squirrel finding a nut” column.

Bloomberg (of all places) reports that more than 99 percent of the coronavirus fatalities in Italy – one of the world’s COVID-19 hotspots – were people who suffered from previous medical conditions, i.e. they were already identified as vulnerable, sometimes three-times over.

The Istituto Superiore di Sanita, Italy’s national health authority, discovered, post mortem, that of the 132,547 COVID-19 cases only 0.2 percent of the 16,523 fatalities (as opposed to the 22,837 who have recovered completely) were free and clear of any known preexisting condition. Those who died did so from complications related to COVID-19 in concert with their pre-existing conditions. The institute categorized those conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease, among others.

Additionally, Italy has a state-run healthcare system that has established guidelines that mandate, and I quote from The Atlantic: “Those who are too old to have a high likelihood of recovery, or who have too low a number of ‘life-years’ left even if they should survive, would be left to die.” To be more succinct, Italy is not treating COVID-19 elderly patients who present with an advanced stage of coronavirus. Ain’t socialized medicine wonderful…

But I digress.

Again, I am not saying that the COVID-19 virus event we are experiencing isn’t serious. It is. What I am saying is that it is being exploited by opportunistic politicians and special interests that glean benefit through chaos and over-hyped by the media for ideological purposes.

Given the extremes to which our society has stooped during this event (hoarders should take a good long look in the mirror to examine what kind of person they have become), wouldn’t employing the hydroxychloroquine cocktail within the non-vulnerable community be a positive step toward marginalizing this virus? Rather than investing in the panic that saw New York and Michigan’s governors reverse their “ban” on hydroxychloroquine – only to now passionately exclaim they need more access to the drug, why not remain calm, use common sense hygiene protocols in mass, employ what is now a clinically effective avenue of treatment to the non-vulnerable, and sure-footedly develop treatments and vaccines for the less resilient?

We all must stop feeding at the trough of media, political, and special interest manipulation. In our fast-paced, “gotta-have-it-now”, instant gratification world, we have to take the time to inform and educate ourselves on issues and seek out facts. Just like our addictions to cellphones and social media, we have become dependent on the information we consume via the usual suspect media outlets and a cursory look into their motives points to two things: 1) they are for-profit entities that compete using sensationalism; and 2) each of them is not without their ideological biases and agendas.

Gone are the days of journalism based on “just the facts” and “who, what, where, when, and how.” Today we have opinion-based news that preys on emotions and puts more weight into the speculative “why” of every story. True, fact-based journalism, if not dead, is in critical condition with questionable chances for recovery.

Good thing Italy isn’t in control of journalism’s destiny.

“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”Rahm Emanuel, former Chief of Staff to Pres. Obama and former Mayor of Chicago

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About Frank Salvato

Frank Salvato is a managing partner at TR² Consulting Group, LLC, an organizational and media strategies group. He is the host of The Underground podcast as heard on iHeart Radio, Pandora, Spotify, and anywhere podcasts are heard. His writing has been recognized by the US House International Relations Committee and the Japan Center for Conflict Prevention. His analysis has been published by The American Enterprise Institute, The Washington Times, and Accuracy in Media, and is nationally syndicated. Mr. Salvato appeared on The O'Reilly Factor on FOX News Channel and is the author of six books examining internal and external threats facing our country. He can be heard twice weekly on “The Captain’s America: Third Watch” radio program syndicated nationally on the Salem Broadcasting Network and Genesis Communications affiliate stations.

6 comments

  1. All you dems – please please please-DO NOT TAKE HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE. your ignorance and political bias will get you what you deserve. when you or your relatives are at death’s door, stick to your bias, don’t give Trump a victory. stick to your principals, do your part to destroy our country, suffer miserably for days, and then RIP. your elitist leaders and MSM will be fine long after you are gone because most of them are protected by taking hydroxycloroquine now- total hypocrites. Please ignore all the first hand reports from doctors who have themselves or family members saved, keep listening to these soap opera actors. unfortunately thanks to another unintended consequences of obamacare over-regulation, those of us who fill rxs for all the grandstanding, politicians,local and state bureaucrats who are telling you not to take it, are prevented from disseminating the knowledge. It’s amazing that prior to covid, no one ever died. In-hospital aquired septicemia accounts for 20% of patient deaths overall annually, in New York hospitals according to the statistical studies from NY. so obviously it would be better if all you dems avoid the ORAL, WELL-TOLERATED,EFFECTIVE treatment. Please wait until you are so sick you have to go to the hospital and then please insist on that antibody therapy where they have to stick an IV which is a great opening for opportunistic infections other than covid. After all if there is one thing those big city hospitals are good at its producing hospital acquire pneumonia from antibiotic resistant bacteria. The biggest problem is that those antibodies were produced by someone else, once they are gone, immunity & disease suppression are gone. I believe that one of the great benefits of hydroxychloroquine is its long half-life. it will continue benefits for days after last dose. blood analysis at intervals after recovery may indicate that after suppressing the virus, the person recovering may produce their own antibodies against the virus.

  2. “…it’s all in the eyes of the beholder’…..sadly, some like David’s are glazed over and impairing their vision.
    in such a way that all they see is a dark tunnel with no light and must rely on the mutterings of misinformed others….Pity them, pray for them.

    The ‘blame game’ and name calling are a huge waste of energy to not accomplish anything. This crisis will divulge the worst and the best of us all. We CANNOT CHANGE the fact that “IT” exists, so it’s what we do about it that counts.

    “Thinkers” will choose carefully the sources they trust and believe and close out the rants and claims of superior knowledge……no will they spread rumors, gossip & opinions as facts.

    While we FOLLOW the President’s teams advice….let’s stand strong in faith and pray for our great nation

  3. Great article Mr. Salvato, I especially like;

    “Now, Galonski either doesn’t understand that her “referral” means diddly-squat (which makes her a blithering idiot), …..” and

    “Again, I am not saying that the COVID-19 virus event we are experiencing isn’t serious. It is. What I am saying is that it is being exploited by opportunistic politicians and special interests that glean benefit through chaos and over-hyped by the media for ideological purposes.”

    That human beings actually believe ANYTHING from the mouth of a politician or the Media is mind-boggling (to me). After all a politician is one of the lowest forms of mouth breathers alive (along-side attorneys, a group of which most politicians also belong). The absolute lying, distortion of facts and complete misinformation (propaganda) from the Media (CNN, MSNBC, et al) and our political elites is astonishing. And more disturbing is the number of those humans who believe their hyperbole (way too generous a term).

    In any event, you nailed it…all that remains is the actual WHY, beyond the ability to control or possibly ‘cool down’ one of the hottest economies in the last 100 years? WHY is this REALLY happening?

    Thanks again!

  4. Gee, David…maybe you like to read into things and then puke invective. This disgrace is on your hands, not mine. As you can see, doctor after doctor and system after system are turning to hydroxychloroquine. While you wait for Bill Gates to come up with his billion-dollar vaccine, some of the people would like to try what is being employed even in New York at the moment.

    That you would attempt to minimize this promising avenue says a lot about you. Of course, at least one State Rep. in Ohio agrees with you, so…

  5. Gross distortion of the facts, you should write novels. It would better fit your style. The drug report did not mention incredible once, there were only 30 that completed the trial. Its conclusion was that doctors should know about this. The survey only showed how doctors were using it, not whether it had any efficacy. Italy was overwhelmed, its hospitals bursting. The US would do the same if its hospitals were bursting it would have no choice its called triage. Just ask any US Army field Surgeon.

    Your piece is an idealogical disgrace, shame on you for your distortions…

  6. “Crimes against humanity???” What hypocrisy! Unbridled abortion or leaving an infant who survives abortion to die? I call THAT crimes against humanity.

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