Last week, MSNBC's Joe Scarborough ("Morning Joe") made the claim that 75 doctors bravely staged a walkout to protest the waves of unwashed, uneducated, and unvaccinated patients who flooded their South Florida hospital.
- MSNBC Tweet: WATCH: Florida doctors stage walkout to protest number of unvaccinated Covid-19 patients coming to hospitals.
- PoliticsUSA Tweet: 75 doctors in South Florida walkout in protest as their hospital is flooded with unvaccinated people who got COVID. #Morning Joe.
Now, in reality, the doctors were not walking out in protest over having to treat patients, they were holding a press conference to gently encourage unvaccinated patients to get the vaccine. These physicians — who sacrificed their younger years to become healers, swore an oath to do no harm.
They are hansomely compensated for their labor. They held the press conference outisde of their shifts and denied care to exactly zero patients.
The story flamed into a narrative that doctors were refusing to treat unvaccinated patients.
Either way, the doctors who participated have been harassed and even threatened.
Dr. Jennifer Buczyner told WPBF on Wednesday it’s even escalated in some cases to death threats.
Media outlets of varying political stripes have jumped on this to debunk Scarborough’s behavior as fake news, including the AP, Politifact, the LA Times, the Daily Wire, and Red State.
It seems one of the few things that Americans can agree on is that Scarborough should not have the platform that he has (somehow) managed to secure for himself.
While MSNBC issued a correction, enormous damage has already been done and there are doubtless many people who will carry a false impression fomented by his version of COVID news, rather than the truth.
Scarborough’s histrionics are particularly galling given that the group most hesitant to receiving a vaccine are people with PhD’s, and those with M.D.’s and J.D.’s are closely behind in hesitancy.
Maybe it’s because the vaccine was rushed through the approval process, maybe it’s because Big Pharma is raking in some of its biggest profits ever, but either way: people have the right to choose what to do with their body.
As the saying goes, a lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. Scarborough may need to see a Florida doctor himself given the other popular saying; the one ending with "pants on fire."
Jared Whitley is a long-time politico who has worked in the U.S. Congress, White House and defense industry. He is an award-winning writer, having won best blogger in the state from the Utah Society of Professional Journalists (2018) and best columnist from Best of the West (2016). He earned his MBA from Hult International Business School in Dubai. Read Jared Whitley's reports — More Here.
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