HCQ “Study” Exposes More Than Just Media Bias
(UnitedVoice.com) – The media is gleefully publishing the results of a Veterans Affairs (VA) study that claims COVID-19 patients experienced no benefits from taking hydroxychloroquine. President Donald Trump encouraged researchers to look into whether or not the medication can help cure people of coronavirus, and the press attacked him for it. They claimed the commander-in-chief gave shoddy medical advice based on small studies. Their reaction to the VA’s look into the medication is shining a light on the mainstream media’s (MSM) anti-Trump bias.
Trump Provides Hope
In March, President Trump tweeted about a small study of a hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin combination. The study, published in the International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents, found it helped COVID-19 patients.
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE & AZITHROMYCIN, taken together, have a real chance to be one of the biggest game changers in the history of medicine. The FDA has moved mountains – Thank You! Hopefully they will BOTH (H works better with A, International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents)…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 21, 2020
The president was immediately attacked for expressing hope. Media outlets pointed to the small sample size. Keep in mind, the study was conducted in the early stages of the outbreak. On April 7, ABC News ran the following online headline “White House pushes unproven drug for virus, but doctors wary…”
The news organization pointed to the small pool of participants as proof Trump was being irresponsible. The president, however, wasn’t telling people to just run out and take it. During a White House press conference, he specifically stated “we will have to see” and told America that people “with no signs of heart problems” should take the medicine.
On April 21, reports were published about a small VA study that showed gravely ill people with comorbidities who took hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin died 22% of the time. This time, ABC News ran an article. Their headline was “More deaths, no benefit from malaria drug in VA virus study.” They called the 368-person study a “large new study.”
Sure, the new study was larger than the others. It is later in the outbreak and researchers have a larger pool of candidates. The first studies were the size of phase one studies, and the VA study was slightly larger than a phase 2 study which usually includes about 290+ patients.
In other words, this was a typical progression.
The average American probably has no clue about medical study sample sizes. So, when an MSM company like ABC News says the study was huge, people might not have a basis for comparison. What’s more interesting is the way the mainstream press has twisted this — as if it proves President Trump was wrong all along.
The president was clear that people who have certain medical problems should not take the drugs. Yet, 15% of the patients in the VA study had congestive heart failure prior to taking the medications.
The media should have questioned why those veterans were even given the medication. But apparently, it’s easier to blame Trump for everything.
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