Something that has been long overdo, Sean Hannity has finally demanded a retraction and apology from the New York Times for their irresponsible and shameful misreporting…
“In the story you published on or about April 18, 2020, entitled “A Beloved Bar Owner Was Skeptical About the Virus. Then He Took A Cruise,” available at https://www.nytimes.com/ 2020/04/18/nyregion/coronavirus-jjbubbles-joe-joyce.html (the “April 18, 2020 Story”), you falsely state and falsely imply a connection between Mr. Hannity’s on-air comments and Mr. Joyce’s decision to take a cruise. But what you fail to mention is that Mr. Hannity’s comments could not possibly have influenced Mr. Joyce’s decision because he embarked on his cruise on March 1 (according to your report), while Mr. Hannity made comments on March 9, which you claim influenced his decision. Moreover, you were fully aware that this was the actual timeline, and in order to mislead your readers and support your false narrative, you withheld the date of Mr. Hannity’s comments from your story,” writes the official letter.
The New York Times published a disgusting smear against Sean Hannity over the weekend; blaming a New York man’s tragic death from the Coronavirus on Sean, and the Fox News Channel.
“Early in March Sean Hannity went on air proclaiming that he didn’t like the way that the American people were getting scared ‘unnecessarily.’’ He saw it all, he said, ‘as like, let’s bludgeon Trump with this new hoax,’” writes the NY Times Ginia Bellafante.
“Eventually, Fox changed course and took the virus more seriously, but the Joyces were long gone by then. A spokeswoman for Fox News said that Mr. Hannity made statements taking the spread of coronavirus seriously early on, (which have been documented here on this site at length) and that his comment about the public being scared by the coverage happened after the Joyces had left on their cruise,” adds the author.
The vicious accusation was picked up by news outlets across the country.
Read the court documents here.
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ACTION NEEDED: Sen. Ron Johnson, Physicians Urge Immediate Action on Access to Hydroxychloroquine
Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson released an urgent press release over the weekend; asking President Trump to help ease restrictions in obtaining doses of the life-saving malaria-medicine Hydroxychloroquine to support his state’s fight the deadly Coronavirus pandemic.
“After spending the last weekend talking to agency heads helping to break the logjam holding up the distribution of 30 million tablets of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) donated by Novartis to the Strategic National Stockpile, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) turned his attention this week to helping give patients the right to try this drug early in the course of their COVID-19 diagnosis,” Johnson’s office said in a statement.
“Senator Johnson quickly determined that absent guidance from the FDA and the CDC encouraging its use, far too many doctors and hospitals were reluctant to assume the liability ‘off label’ use of HCQ posed. In fact, he heard reports that some state medical licensing boards were actually threatening doctors with sanctions if they prescribed HCQ ‘off label,’” the release added.
Johnson is asking President Trump to issue a presidential directive to remove the FDA Emergency Use Authorization Restrictions associated with the medication.
An additional letter from more than 1,000 physicians also called for immediate action on access to the potentially life-saving drug.
“Physicians taking care of patients in our communities across the country must be free to use the available medicines free of politicians’ and bureaucrats’ second-guessing and threats. It is unprecedented—and lethal— for state governors and medical boards to forbid physicians’ freedom to prescribe long-approved and safely used medications to save lives,” write the physicians.
Read the Senator’s full letter below, Read the physicians’ full letter here.
Johnson Organizes Physician Letter to President Urging Action on Hydroxychloroquine
WASHINGTON – After spending the last weekend talking to agency heads helping to break the logjam holding up the distribution of 30 million tablets of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) donated by Novartis to the Strategic National Stockpile, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) turned his attention this week to helping give patients the right to try this drug early in the course of their COVID-19 diagnosis.
Senator Johnson quickly determined that absent guidance from the FDA and the CDC encouraging its use, far too many doctors and hospitals were reluctant to assume the liability “off label” use of HCQ posed. In fact, he heard reports that some state medical licensing boards were actually threatening doctors with sanctions if they prescribed HCQ “off label.”
In order to break this prescribing logjam, Senator Johnson has spearheaded a campaign to solicit support for a letter urging President Trump to take two specific actions:
- Issue a presidential directive to remove the FDA Emergency Use Authorization restriction that states hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and chloroquine (CQ) from the Strategic National Stockpile are only approved “for certain hospitalized patients,” and to direct the FDA to include the option of early outpatient use of these medications.
- Issue a presidential directive or executive order to a) prohibit governors from arbitrarily restricting hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) to only hospitalized patients, and b) prohibit state medical boards and state pharmacy boards from threats of disciplinary action (now occurring in multiple states) against doctors and pharmacists legally prescribing and dispensing HCQ and CQ off-label for early treatment or prophylaxis for COVID-19 in outpatients or at-risk or exposed persons.
That letter began circulating among practicing physicians Thursday evening at 10 p.m. ET. By noon ET, 776 practicing physicians had already agreed to sign the letter. Having obtained that level of support in only 14 hours, Senator Johnson submitted the letter to the White House.
Until the president has taken this action, Senator Johnson is asking practicing physicians around the country to add their voice to this effort by reviewing and signing the letter showing their support for giving patients the right to try HCQ early in the treatment of COVID-19 when it is believed to be most effective.
Text of the letter is below. CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE LETTER.
Dear Mr. President:
We, the undersigned practicing physicians, urgently ask that you take two steps to help us treat patients according to our best ability and medical judgment, using the clinical and basic science data we already have on the effectiveness of certain established medicines in this war against COVID-19:
- A Presidential Directive to remove the FDA Emergency Use Authorization restriction that states Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and Chloroquine (CQ) from the Strategic National Stockpile, are only approved “for certain hospitalized patients,” and to direct the FDA to include the option of early out-patient use of these medications.
- A Presidential Directive or Executive Order to a) prohibit Governors from arbitrarily restricting hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) to only hospitalized patients, and b) prohibit State Medical Boards and State Pharmacy Boards from threats of disciplinary action (now occurring in multiple states) against doctors and pharmacists legally prescribing and dispensing HCQ and CQ off-label for early treatment or prophylaxis for COVID-19 in out-patients or at-risk or exposed persons.
Restricting use to hospitalized patients means loss of the critical early window of opportunity to: (1) prevent the virus attaching to host cells, (2) reduce viral replication that prolongs time of infectivity and spread, (3) reduce the number of hospitalizations and need for intubation and mechanical ventilators, and (4) reduce risk of multi-organ damage and death or permanent lung impairment after recovery.
Evidence of successful treatment in thousands of patients is accumulating from many countries as well as U.S. physicians; it is far beyond “anecdotal.”
HCQ has been FDA-approved for malaria since 1955, and it is now also approved for treating lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, with an impressive safety record.
When World Health Organization and U.S. academic experts say there is “no evidence that any medicine can prevent or cure” COVID-19, they correctly mean that we don’t yet have a randomized, placebo-controlled, doubleblind clinical trial (RCT). But designing, setting up, conducting, and analyzing any RCT takes many months or years.
We can’t wait months for a completed RCT or a vaccine. People are dying every day. Staggering numbers of people have lost jobs, incomes, and ability to live life normally, all of which lead to loss of life that could quickly exceed losses from the virus.
Physicians taking care of patients in our communities across the country must be free to use the medicines at hand free of politicians and bureaucrats’ second-guessing and threats. It is unprecedented—and lethal—for state governors and medical boards to forbid physicians’ freedom to prescribe long-approved and safely used medications.
In a war to save lives and our country, we must fight with all the weapons we have at hand.
AOC to HOUSE: ‘It is a Joke When Republicans Say They Have Urgency Around This Bill’
Controversial Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ripped her Republican colleagues on the House Floor Thursday afternoon; saying it’s “a joke” when GOP lawmakers “say they have urgency” in providing Coronavirus relief to the American people.
“It is a joke when Republicans say that they have urgency around this bill. The only focus they have urgency around are folks like Ruth’s Chris Steak House and Shake Shack,” said AOC.
"It is a joke when Republicans say that they have urgency around this bill. The only focus they have urgency around are folks like Ruth's Chris Steak House and Shake Shack."
Nancy Pelosi held Americans hostage for 2 weeks to get funding for windmills. pic.twitter.com/lLblFMTojO
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) April 23, 2020
Ocasio-Cortez doubled-down on her call for a national work boycott Thursday; bizarrely claiming former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders doesn’t “care about safety” during the Coronavirus.
“Trump has NO PLAN to get people safely back to work.
GOP Govs like Kemp are sending vulnerable workers to die w/ false claims of safety.
Trump also pushed an unproven, dangerous treatment as a ‘cure’ & firing experts who want to vet claims.
Last thing you care abt is safety,” posted AOC on social media.
Trump has NO PLAN to get people safely back to work.
GOP Govs like Kemp are sending vulnerable workers to die w/ false claims of safety.
Trump also pushed an unproven, dangerous treatment as a “cure” & firing experts who want to vet claims.
Last thing you care abt is safety. https://t.co/3yEgTp3dqf
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 23, 2020
“.@AOC says Americans should boycott work. As usual she’s wrong. The goal should be for Americans to SAFELY return to work because unlike AOC and members of Congress, most of us actually have to show up at work to get paid and support our families!” posted Sanders earlier Thursday.