With just a few weeks to go before the 2020 presidential elections, politics are getting thicker than mud. The heavily politicized Coronavirus “pandemic” keeps dominating the news cycle – continuing lockdowns and mask mandates, with its subsequent devastating economic realities. Then came the Black Live Matter protest/riots that have rocked the nation – with the insane idea of defunding and eliminating the police with the lack of law and order largely supported by Democratic local officials. As a backdrop to this is all the ongoing investigations of all the malfeasance done by our politicians. And now an October surprise (perhaps not the only one to come), the diagnosis of President Trump’s COVID-19 infection. This political season has got everyone saying, “we have never seen anything like this before.”
All these events have driven many to speculate, and yes, driven many of the conspiracy theories (sometimes parading as truth) we see in the media. Who doesn’t like going down a rabbit hole for a really good juicy story? Part of investigative reporting does involve a bit of speculation (making a hypothesis and then seeking truth to prove or not prove), often called conspiracy theories. One can see the odd things in the news and try to smell “rats” to then expose them. So critical thinking on news events is not necessarily bad. However, one does need to keep a level head to find the truth and not use them to drive a political agenda. So all conspiracy theories are not necessarily false.
And now the latest left-wing conspiracy theory concerning the diagnosis of President Trump’s COVID-19 infection.
Left-wing activist Michael Moore has floated a conspiracy theory on his Facebook page that suggested that Donald Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis was fake. Moore justified his skepticism of Trump’s diagnosis by citing the supposed president’s many lies and incorrect statements. “There is one absolute truth about Trump: He is a consistent, absolute, unrelenting, fearless, and professional liar. A serial liar. A factually proven liar. How many lies now has the Washington Post proven in these four years? 25,000? A lie at least twice during every waking hour? Think of all the bad people you’ve known in your life. Even the worst ones you couldn’t say that about.,” he wrote. Moore then asked, “so why on earth would we believe him today? Has he earned your trust now?” He pondered why Trump would “all of a sudden just start telling the truth.”
Not to be outdone, MSNBC’s Joy Reid chimed in and gave Moore’s conspiracy theory even more oxygen.
Here’s how wrecked Trump’s credibility is at this point: I’ve got a cellphone full of texts from people who aren’t sure whether to believe Trump actually has covid. “He lies so much,” one friend just texted. “Is he just doing this to get out of the debates?” others are texting.
— Joy JUST VOTE & MASK UP!! Reid ?) (@JoyAnnReid) October 2, 2020
This conspiracy was broadcast all over many mainstream media outlets and amplified on social media with no restrictions. Few actually using a little critical thinking to see how utterly ridiculous the claims were. To make this conspiracy theory stick, this would mean both Melania and Donald Trump are liars. Then, count them, 11 diagnosed at the “supposed” superspreader event at the #RoseGardenMassacre would also need to be lying. Then what of all the doctors at the Walter Reed Medical Center and the most likely dozen or so staff? All part of this conspiracy? The idea is absurd. Something like this would be exposed immediately.
And what of right-wing conspiracy theories? Facebook and Twitter promised to stop encouraging the growth of the “baseless” conspiracy theory QAnon, which fashions President Donald Trump as a secret warrior, against child-trafficking rings run by celebrities and government officials, after it reached an audience of millions on their platforms this year. But the social media companies still are having difficulties to stem the tide of what they deem “dangerous” QAnon material. A review by The Associated Press found that both platforms have vowed to stop “suggesting” QAnon material to users, a powerful way of introducing QAnon to new people. Facebook will ban any ads supporting QAnon and militarized social movements. One sure way to get banned on social media is to say anything supporting “Q” or “QAnon.” It is important to add the distinction that “Q,” or the entity or entities that sign to posts on a “Q Board” are not the same as “QAnons.” “QAnons” are the interpreters of “Q,” which theoretically could be anyone – and can and do say anything.
So left-wing conspiracy theories go mainstream, and right-wing conspiracy theories get banned.
But all this being said and we seem to want to go down the rabbit hole. What of this “supposed” superspreader event at the #RoseGardenMassacre? At least 11 people who attended a White House event on Sept. 26 have since tested positive for the coronavirus (see timeline). Eight of them, including the first lady, sat in the first several rows of a nomination ceremony for Judge Amy Coney Barrett in the White House Rose Garden.
It does seem rather odd that so many at one time would contract the COVID-19 virus all at the same time, not to even speak of the cluster of infections in the front rows within the gathering at the event. With about 150 people attending the event, the infection rate for the group was over 7%. An alarming and yet dubious natural infection rate. How can this be?
Let’s consider other potential superspreader events – Black Lives Matter protests/riots. Sometimes a small group of a few hundred, but many events numbered into the tens of thousands. A nearly estimated 26 million people, although not all are members or part of the organization, participated in the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests in the United States, making Black Lives Matter one of the largest movements in United States history.
Most likely, there would be someone in each of the events COVID-19 positive. At a 7% infection rate, this would mean that the Black Live Matter events potentially infected nearly 2 million people, not to even speak of the secondary potential infections once the protester/rioter went home. There have only been “supposedly” a total of about 7 million infections in the U.S. This would mean that the Black Live Matter events caused nearly one-third of all COVID-19 infections? Experts say no. So how could there be a 7% infection rate at the #RoseGardenMassacre?
Are we ready to go down the rabbit hole?
Considering all the charges of nefarious activities on both sides of the political spectrum and living in a “we have never seen anything like this before” era, is it so absurd to ask the obvious question? After all, look at all the time and resources Democrats spent investigating Trump via the sham Meuller Report and impeachment. Just how far would one go to stop the nomination of Judge Amy Barrett and the re-election of Donald Trump? Given the rather odd high infection rate at the #RoseGardenMassacre, could this indicate nefarious activities? How does one explain this seemingly odd statistic? Who or what was the superspreader?
Was it the Trump fire dragon speaking breath at the #RoseGardenMassacr event that spread the COVID-19 to so many – especially on the front row? Or was there a nefarious COVID-19 accelerant? We did do a search for this and could find no media folks asking the question. Just how would one do this if they were even considering this type of activity? Was there a superspreader mole planted in the crowd? Or perhaps a low flying mini-drone spraying a fine mist over the crowd. Here are the videos of the event – we could see nothing, but perhaps you can.
Officials at the White House are racing to contact trace who might have come in contact with President Trump after he was diagnosed with COVID-19. But look here, as the White House staff prepare the Rose Garden ahead of President Trump’s scheduled Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett’s announcement on that Saturday. Did anyone check the flowers … ?
Just pointing out the obvious biases to what mainstream media considers fact or fiction.