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Every Trump-hating lefy is a medical expert now. Before that they were impeachment experts, Ukraine experts, Russia collusion experts, emoluments clause experts, 25th amendment experts ... blah blah BLAH BLAH BLAH.
It’s so old and boring and obviously partisan and contrarian. They take their received wisdom marching orders from the Trump-hating lefty media and dutifully spread the propaganda and lies like good little foot soldiers.
They spend all their time doing exactly what they accuse the right of doing.
Whatever. They’re all full of shit and have been The Enemy of the People for years.
This HCQ episode is a perfect example. Different opinions from real experts, on a new treatment, with lots of urgency, with the cheap and apparently semi-effective HCQ opposed by Big Pharma who wants to own this space to drive profits in 2021 and beyond, in league with the “a vaccine is our only hope!” crowd, filtered by poor reporting driven by political not medical agendas.
All this results in millions of brainwashed news consumers who mistakenly believe their newfound confirmation bias opinions on it are worth anything to others — and compound that error by getting emotionally invested in a medical discussion they don’t understand in any real way.
It’s patently ridiculous yet smart people allow the media and politicians to yank their chains like this all the time.
What do I do? I let this fight play out without investing emotionally in it, at all, and I leave myself open to new information, but I do tip the scales in my head towards those who also seem more on the cool, rational, evidence-based side. Scott Adams and others like him do that too, and have come over to the “HCQ is useful in these specific situations” camp, so I’m leaning that way too.