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Wed Jul 29, 2020, 12:02 AM

How Quack Doctors And Powerful GOP Operatives Spread Misinformation To Millions

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/how-quack-doctors-and-powerful-gop-operatives-spread-misinformation-to-millions_n_5f208048c5b66859f1f33148

A group calling itself “America’s Frontline Doctors” spread false information about COVID-19 with the help of Facebook, right-wing media and President Trump.

A seemingly obscure Capitol Hill press conference by a fringe group of self-proclaimed medical experts quickly became on Monday the most widely seen propaganda video about the coronavirus since the pandemic began after Breitbart News livestreamed it on Facebook. The post racked up tens of millions of views across social media in a matter of hours, far surpassing the traffic of the infamous “Plandemic” disinformation video. It grabbed the attention of President Donald Trump and his son Donald Trump Jr., who had his Twitter account partially suspended for sharing a link to the video.

The video featured a string of right-wing talking points that criticized lockdown measures, demonized public health officials, called for schools to reopen and urged Americans not to wear face masks. The speakers, who were all portrayed as doctors, often declared hydroxychloroquine a “cure” for COVID-19. (No legitimate medical organizations have recognized any “cure” for COVID-19, and multiple clinical trials have shown hydroxychloroquine is not beneficial in treating the virus.)

One of the main characters in the clip was a religious minister and pediatrician who has previously warned against having sex with demons — so at first glance, it would be easy to characterize the video as just another random conspiracy crank finding a massive audience thanks to Facebook.

But in fact, a conservative dark-money group was behind the press event that created this viral propaganda moment. The group featured in the video, “America’s Frontline Doctors,” sprang from nowhere only days ago and appears connected to groups involved in the Save Our Country Coalition, which was a driving force behind the “reopen” protests in April that lobbied for America’s rapid reopening, even as death tolls spike in hot spots across the country.

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 12:08 AM

1. Are we sure these are actually legitimate doctors?

Are we sure these are actually legitimate doctors of medicine? With valid diplomas from actual medical schools and the usual successful
completion of training programs as interns and so on?

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Response to raging moderate (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 12:10 AM

2. Definitely not sure. n/t

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Response to raging moderate (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 12:30 AM

5. The most featured doctor - Stella Immanuel

Is licensed in Texas and lists two specialities: pediatrics and emergency medicine. She graduated from University of Calabar, college of Medical science, Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria in 1990.

She was licensed in Texas in November 2019. No complaints about her (yet).
Her license nuber is: S3994 Full Medical License

She has no specialty board certifications, but list her primary area of practice as pediatrics and secondary as emergency medicine. She idd a residency in pediatrics in bronx in 1995 - 1998.

She's praciticed medicine in the US or Canada for 24 years

(If you're state licensed, it's all public infromation. You should be able to find similar information about her in other jurisdictions where she was previously licensed.)

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Response to Ms. Toad (Reply #5)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 12:39 AM

8. It is beyond me how anyone with any kind of certification or licensure in medicine

Can peddle the crap she's peddling -- and still sleep at night or keep their license. What is her motivation? How much is "Save Our Country Coalition" paying the suddenly-organized "America's Frontline Doctors" to spout bullshit? Is this part of Trump's hydroxychloroquine money-making scheme -- because he does have one going and has given millions of our tax dollars to Kodak to produce more of the crap. But what happened to all of that same stuff Trump bought with millions of our tax dollars back in April/May? Where did it go? There's a goddamned racket going on there.

And any doctor with any ethics at all would not be involved with any of this.

But you know, Ben Carson is some kind of doctor too. And I guess even doctors can be self-dealing, unethical, vile creatures. After all, they are human.

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Response to CousinIT (Reply #8)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 12:54 AM

13. There's a whole lot of stuff I don't understand about Trump acolytes. n/t

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Response to Ms. Toad (Reply #5)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 12:48 AM

10. She is also a pastor and according to her Facebook page she is "God's Warrior Princess"

Dr Stella - is a prophet of God to the nations.
Called and trained as a God's Warrior Princess by the Holy Spirit. She is a true spiritual daughter of Dr D.K. Olukoya of Mountain of Fire and Miracles ministries.

She is a successful physician with an active staffed practice in Alexandria, Louisiana. Her attitude toward demonic forces has been described as cut-throat, a warrior to the core . She believes her call as a prophetess is to teach God’s wounded army of believers violent warfare- her motto "the violent taketh it by force"!

https://www.facebook.com/drstella.gwp/about_contact_and_basic_info

Basically your typical loony trumper Evangelical willfully ignorant person.

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Response to cayugafalls (Reply #10)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 12:49 AM

11. Oh Jeeze.

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Response to cayugafalls (Reply #10)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 12:52 AM

12. Definitely a looney tune. n/t.

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Response to cayugafalls (Reply #10)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 01:05 AM

15. she is the high priestess of demon sperm warnings, lolol

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 12:18 AM

3. To what end?

They're just killing their own base.

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Response to C_U_L8R (Reply #3)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 12:26 AM

4. The cult delivers souls unto their leader.

They do not ask questions. The only answer is, "You must finish your work, Carl."

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 12:33 AM

6. America has a rich history in quackery. Sad to say. nt

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Response to BootinUp (Reply #6)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 12:42 AM

9. Yeah, it just keeps mutating...

My Grandma told me her parents related to her all the stuff that was available up until the FDA was broguth in.

To this day though, quacks are constantly pushing woo on the US public.

Even LAETRILE is still being sold, in some circles.

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Response to Archae (Reply #9)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 01:29 AM

16. "All the stuff..."

Like Lash-Lure, Elixir Sulfanilamide and Clark Stanley's Snake Oil Liniment?

Lash-Lure was a "permanent mascara" made out of industrial textile dye. It killed a couple people and maimed many others. This is the product that got makeup added to the Pure Food and Drugs Act.

Elixir Sulfanilamide makes this list because the idiot chemist who invented it thought the sulfanilamide had to dissolve in the liquid. (Liquid drugs given by the spoon are suspensions - you have to shake the bottle before you give it to the patient.) So, he mixed the drug with diethylene glycol, resulting in a preparation that killed everyone who took it without exception. And no, the chemist was not named Trump.

Clark Stanley's Snake Oil Liniment contained no snake products whatsoever. However, it did contain capsaicin, turpentine and camphor - so it probably worked fine.

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 12:37 AM

7. And someone tell me that unrestrained capitalism is not a grave threat to society...

When money can buy you rebellion against society...

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Wed Jul 29, 2020, 12:59 AM

14. Quack Drs and quack preachers - the only "experts" they know

And all grifters, cheaters, and liars.

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