After a tweet containing newly released statistics from the Centers of Disease Control about the coronavirus was retweeted by President Donald Trump, Twitter deleted the tweet.
At this point, it’s certainly not surprising that they are banning the country’s president from sharing official government data, but it is amazing.
As always, CNN gave a fair and balanced report on the decision by the communications monopoly to stop the free flow of information.
In the article, they add that Mel Q, who posted the original tweet, is “a dirty slut” and “the easiest girl in town, because she’s so fat.”
No, I kid. I kid.
But the opening paragraphs are truly a sight to behold:
Twitter on Sunday took down a tweet containing a false claim about coronavirus death statistics that was made by a supporter of the baseless QAnon conspiracy theory — a post that President Donald Trump had retweeted earlier in the day.
The tweet — which has been replaced with a message saying, “This Tweet is no longer available because it violated the Twitter Rules — from “Mel Q,” copied from someone else’s Facebook post, claimed that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had “quietly” updated its numbers “to admit that only 6%” of people listed as coronavirus deaths “actually died from Covid,” since “the other 94% had 2-3 other serious illnesses.”
That’s not what the CDC said.
They then go on to play a language game with the phrase “actually died of Covid.” In fact, technically, yes, Mel should have said “actually died of Covid alone,” but I think it’s assumed that everyone understood what was being said, especially given that she included screenshots from the CDC site that anyone could check themselves.
If you have cancer or morbid obesity and you get coronavirus and die, it’s up to the doctor to decide whether coronavirus was the main cause of death, or if it was the cancer or morbid obesity. However, in the case of coronavirus, anyone who dies with the virus is recorded as having died of the virus.
When a guy was listed as having died of coronavirus after crashing his motorcycle, they said that the virus caused him to crash. It’s lunacy.
The CDC did in fact report that only 6% had no comorbidities, exactly as the post said and as everyone who saw the post other than the Twitter censorship board and CNN understood it to say.
What CNN was obviously doing with their headline was attempting to give the impression that the claim that everyone understood was false, not that Mel Q phrased it incorrectly.
This is the way fake news works a lot of the time – they don’t outright lie, technically, but they try to purposefully make you believe something untrue.
I actually don’t believe that 6% of people died of coronavirus alone. In Italy, where people first went nuts over this mild flu virus, they admitted that over 99% had comorbidities.
That’s a very big difference, and I think the US hospitals were just not recording the deaths properly, or the CDC is lying.
To be frank, I have a hard time believing that any single healthy person has died from coronavirus. There is thus far no case where anyone identified a person without some serious condition who got the virus and just up and died.
In any case, it is much less dangerous than the flu.
This situation of allowing these private companies to decide what you’re allowed to think has to at this point have begun grating on normal people.