Poison Control Calls Up After Trump’s Disinfectant Remark? Not True.
Numerous media are saying that poison control calls are up after Trump’s statement about disinfectant and bleach. Once again, it’s “factually inaccurate.” The media is using deceptive videos and false statements to make it look like Trump was at fault. Fortunately, once again, the Daily Wire was on top of the lies.
“Other media outlets used the number of calls to Poison Control in March to knock Trump, Nolan Brown reported. An article from WDRB about a “spike” in calls to Poison Control was published the day after Trump’s comments, and while it doesn’t specifically mention those comments, it does include a video that tacks what Trump said onto the end of the same report. Further, the numbers included in WDRB’s report are from March, long before Trump’s April 23 briefing.
WCIA in Illinois also blamed Trump for two calls to the state’s Poison Control hotline for misusing cleaning products. The outlet mentioned Illinois Poison Control spokesperson Danny Chun flat out saying the calls were nothing new and that calls to the hotline had increased by 36% during the pandemic.
Fox 5 in Baltimore also decided to publish an article the day after Trump’s comments about an increase in calls to Poison Control, which included information from ‘the past six weeks.’“
At the end of March, the CDC released a report that said people were being exposed more to harmful toxins. Nearly a full month BEFORE Trump’s statement. Never fear, however, the fake news media was on a bash Trump roll, and blamed him for the March report. His remarks were in April.
We are in the midst of a pandemic. People are using all sorts of cleaners right now in an attempt to stave off the coronavirus. Wouldn’t it be logical to have the number of calls be up anyway just because of that? But the news media desperately want Trump gone and use any excuse they can find to make him look stupid.
No common sense allowed
“One article making the rounds, from the New York Daily News, is headlined “A spike in New Yorkers ingesting household cleaners following Trump’s controversial coronavirus comments.” But the article makes no mention of anyone deliberately consuming household cleaners. It simply states that 30 people called the city’s poison control hotline “over fears that they had ingested bleach or other household cleaners.”
Fearing that you ingested something doesn’t jibe with having intentionally consumed that substance.
The authors of the Daily News piece, Anna Sanders and Chris Sommerfeldt, try to circumvent this inconvenient fact by noting that over the same time period in 2019, the Poison Control Center “only handled 13 similar cases.” And while this time, nine calls were about possible Lysol exposure and ten about bleach, last year’s calls contained “no cases reported about Lysol exposure and only two were specifically in regards to bleach.”
The paper doesn’t present any other data about calls to Poison Control for comparison. But one needn’t do a detailed analysis to surmise why exposure to things like Lysol and bleach—and fears about this exposure—might be up this month over April 2019. And one needn’t reach for the ridiculous explanation that it’s because people deliberately consumed it en masse after listening to Trump. We are in the midst of a pandemic right now and we were not in April 2019. Of course more people are being exposed to household disinfectants at the moment than were during this time last year.” Elizabeth Nolan Brown
So there you have it. In an attempt to blame Trump for everything, no common sense is being applied anywhere. The media are on a roll to bash Trump for everything. And remember – he never told people to inject themselves with disinfectants or drink bleach. After the outcry, he has cut his briefings short. Can’t blame him a bit.
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