CNN reporter Oliver Darcy thought he had caught Fox News being duplicitous.
“Fox can’t get its story straight,” Darcy tweeted May 19. “While one host zings Trump for taking hydroxychloroquine, another host encourages its use. While one medical contributor calls it ‘highly irresponsible,’ another says it’s ‘reasonable.’ What are viewers to believe?”
Fox can't get its story straight: While one host zings Trump for taking hydorxychloroquine, another host encourages its use. While one medical contributor calls it "highly irresponsible," another says it's "reasonable." What are viewers to believe? https://t.co/6tWjJ1llnR
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) May 19, 2020
Darcy then linked to his post on CNN, in which he cited comments by Fox personalities Neil Cavuto, Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham from May 18 broadcasts that offered “starkly different” views of whether the anti-malaria drug is effective in fighting COVID-19.
“The contradictory coverage from Fox News isn’t unprecedented,” Darcy wrote. “But it continues to be remarkable that on a basic issue of health and safety, one in which Ingraham even acknowledged that the medical establishment is in general agreement on, Fox News can’t get its message straight…”
If Darcy is so concerned about contradictory coverage of hydroxychloroquine, perhaps he should have simply consulted a colleague: Chris Cuomo.
On air on May 18, Cuomo criticized President Donald Trump after he revealed that he had been taking the medication for more than a week.
“The president knows that hydroxychloroquine is not supported by science. He knows it has been flagged by people in his own administration,” Cuomo said, maintaining that Trump’s announcement was intended to distract from “his lack of a plan or real solutions.”
What Cuomo did not mention was that after he contracted COVID-19, he was dosing a version of hydroxychloroquine called quinine that possessed side effects just as lethal as Trump’s medication. Cuomo’s wife Cristina, founder of wellness magazine Purist, wrote on the site in late April about her husband’s drug regimen.
She wrote: “Potentized quinine (OXO); it’s derived from the nontoxic bark of Peruvian-grown quinine plants. It is a natural antibiotic (it’s being used in India with very good results). This is not on the market here; Dr. Linda (Lancaster, who operates a clinic in Santa Fe) has made this in her lab for 40 years, and I took this for my Lyme. (The medicine Plaquinol, which many doctors are using for COVID-19 is quinine, but it has negative side effects.)”
As White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said during a briefing May 20, “It turns out that Chris Cuomo took a less safe version of it called quinine, which the FDA removed from the market in 2006 because it had serious side effects, including death. So really interesting to have that criticism of the president.”