Portland Press Herald editorial says I have blood on my hands–but fails to name me to avoid a defamation lawsuit. Yellow journalism?

https://www.pressherald.com/2022/01/05/our-view-doctors-peddling-covid-misinformation-have-no-place-on-legislative-panel-2/

Our View: Doctors peddling COVID misinformation have no place on legislative panel

pressherald.com/2022/01/05/our-view-doctors-peddling-covid-misinformation-have-no-place-on-legislative-panel-2/

By The Editorial BoardJanuary 5, 2022

As much as fighting a virus, this pandemic has been about countering misinformation, particularly since the safe and effective vaccines have been available to almost everyone who wants one.

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Two of the doctors on a panel organized last month by a Republican state senator from Dixfield are affiliated with national groups accused of spreading COVID misinformation, including lies about the supposed dangers of vaccines, and one is a consultant to a group led by an anti-vaccination charlatan. Jae C. Hong/Associated Press

So it’s encouraging to see the Maine Medical Association, which represents more than 4,000 physicians in our state, issue a statement condemning the “small minority” of doctors here giving patients dangerous advice on COVID-19.

And it’s beyond disheartening, though not at all surprising, that Republican lawmakers view some of those same doctors as worthwhile advisers.

State Sen. Lisa Keim, a Republican from Dixfield, last month organized a panel of doctors for a legislative information session designed to discourage lawmakers from supporting Gov. Mills’ vaccine mandate for health care workers. Two of the physicians on this panel are affiliated with national groups accused of spreading COVID misinformation, including lies about the supposed dangers of vaccines and the effectiveness of bogus treatments.

One is under investigation by the Maine Board of Licensure for admitting she lied to a pharmacist in order to get one of her patients a prescription to hydroxychloroquine, a malaria treatment that is ineffective at treating COVID but has been pushed as an alternative to vaccines. The same doctor says she is a consultant for Children’s Health Defense, led by anti-vaccination charlatan Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Another doctor on the panel is part of America’s Frontline Doctors, a pro-Trump group whose leader has been charged with federal crimes for entering the Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection.

The group has made a mint pushing people away from treatments that work and toward those that don’t. For a fee, they’ll connect with a doctor in your area who will prescribe hydroxychloroquine or ivermectin, an antiparasitic also not effective against COVID. From July through September of last year, the group reported more than $6.7 million in referral fees.

These doctors, and others like them, have blood on their hands. For profit, they have been pushing medications known to be ineffective at treating the coronavirus while badmouthing vaccines and masks, both of which have been proven to stop the flow of disease and death that has plagued this country for two years.

From April, when most Americans had access to vaccines, through the end of the year, nearly 250,000 Americans died from COVID, and nearly every one of them was preventable.

That statement would likely draw guffaws from the quack doctors and Republican lawmakers who think they are reliable sources.

But it is the absolute, unassailable truth. In Maine and across the country, the data is clear, consistent, and absolutely horrifying: The worst outcomes from COVID are now almost solely experienced by those who do not have protection from vaccination.

Let’s say that again. If every American had been vaccinated against COVID when they became eligible, tens if not hundreds of thousands of Americans who are dead now would still be alive.

The main reason so many people didn’t follow that route is misinformation, largely from conservative and Republican circles, where downplaying the virus and casting doubt on vaccines have become conditions of membership.

We can see that play out in vaccination rates, which are far lower in counties that supported former President Donald Trump than they are in counties that backed President Biden.

And it is those who are unvaccinated who are getting so sick they need critical care, putting relentless pressure on hospitals and health care workers, who have already gone through two hard years.

Instead, Sen. Keim wants to blame Gov. Mills’ mandate, and to prove her point, the legislator gave a high-level audience to fact-challenged physicians who hardly deserve the title.

With the new session starting this week, Republicans argue they should have more of a say in the state’s COVID response. First, they should show they have something to offer besides misinformation and quackery.

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Anonymous
Anonymous
7 months ago

Vaccines don’t stop Covid hospitalizations or deaths.
They never have, even at peak effectiveness. A huge US database offers proof.
https://alexberenson.substack.com/p/vaccines-dont-stop-covid-hospitalizations

A NY Times editor has died of a heart attack at 49, one day after receiving a Moderna Covid “booster” shot!
https://alexberenson.substack.com/p/a-ny-times-editor-has-died-of-a-heart/comments

Tragic: Double-Vaxxed 13-Year-Old Dies From “Unexplained Cardiac Arrest”!
Experimental mRNA technology could soon result in a massive wave of youth illness and death.
https://www.newswars.com/tragic-double-vaxxed-13-year-old-dies-from-unexplained-cardiac-arrest/

Anonymous
Anonymous
7 months ago

Portland Press/Maine's Today Media?
In 2015, MaineToday Media was sold to 'Reade Brower', owner of a number of midcoast Maine newspapers and a printing operation in Brunswick, Maine.[25] Over a decade, Brower has consolidated six of Maine's seven daily newspapers, as well as 21 weekly newspapers, under his ownership.

R. Brower no longer sees newspapers as arrogant and greedy, and while his business ventures are not ideologically motivated, he says, he is proud to be part of an industry that’s holding 'President Donald Trump’s administration accountable'. BROWER GOT HIS FIRST TASTE of the newspaper business in college, at the University of Massachusetts "Amherst", selling ads for the school paper.
Thinking:
(Amherst one of the most Liberal/Socialist/Democratic/ Towns in MA.)

The man behind Maine’s unparalleled consolidation of local news.
https://www.cjr.org/united_states_project/reade-brower-maine.php

Anonymous
Anonymous
7 months ago

Oh, my !!
This editorial could serve as a masterclass in distorted misrepresentation of facts. It is hard to believe an educated person wrote it. It reinforces the importance of seeking information from reliable sources. The majority of our major news outlets no longer qualify.

Unknown
Unknown
7 months ago

You saved my life and my mother’s life and we will always be grateful for you. We will fight for you if they come after your license. You are a hero to us.

Anonymous
Anonymous
7 months ago

GOOD INFO:

Doctor Retains Lawyer and “Persuades” CVS Pharmacy to Fill IVM Prescription for His Patients!

The lawyer’s letter is fantastic!
Must read and share if you face this issue.

https://www.skirsch.com/covid/TysonIvermectin.pdf

Anonymous
Anonymous
7 months ago

portland press herald and Maine cdc = blatant lies.

Anonymous
Anonymous
7 months ago

‘Portland Press Herald editorial says I have blood on my hands–but fails to name me to avoid a defamation lawsuit. Yellow journalism?’

That’s one take… another is not giving your blog more traffic. They slandered you like cowards. They didn’t say your name or Kennedy’s for fear of giving you both even more supporters, and they didn’t list their own names for fear of getting called out personally for the scumbags that they are.

Portland Press Herald editorial board winter 2022 is a disgrace. I remember reading recently that the city editor just came on from L.A Times. Remember that gorilla mask incident with Larry Elders!? Yeah, that L.A times.

John
John
6 months ago

Like this, reading from a letter of MATTHEW P. TYSON
LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA 92037
December 6,

The FDA cannot and does not prohibit physicians from prescribing off-label use. Any assertion that a prescription is invalid because it is off-label is utterly devoid of basis in law or fact. It is for the professional judgment of a licensed physician – and not a pharmacist or the FDA – to determine that an off-label prescription is appropriate treatment for a patient.

(Constitutional Life Threatening Interference) Illegal Refusal to Fill Prescriptions, Civil Rights Violations, Negligence

Dear Managers and Owners:
It has come to my attention that your pharmacy has refused to fill valid prescriptions for ivermectin. Your pharmacy manager told one customer that the refusal was because ivermectin was not FDA-approved for use in treatment of COVID-19. This same manager told the prescribing physician that she was “not comfortable” dispensing a prescription for ivermectin

“In 2015, the Nobel Committee for Physiology or Medicine, in its only award for treatments of infectious diseases since six decades prior, honoured the discovery of ivermectin (IVM), a multifaceted drug deployed against some of the world's most devastating tropical diseases. Since March 2020, when IVM was first used against a new global scourge, COVID-19, more than 20 randomized clinical trials (RCTs) have tracked such inpatient and outpatient treatments. Six of seven meta-analyses of IVM treatment RCTs reporting in 2021 found notable reductions in COVID-19 fatalities, with a mean 31% relative risk of mortality vs. controls. During mass IVM treatments in Peru, excess deaths fell by a mean of 74% over 30 days in its ten states with the most extensive treatments. Reductions in deaths correlated with the extent of IVM distributions in all 25 states with p < 0.002. Sharp reductions in morbidity using IVM were also observed in two animal models, of SARS-CoV-2 and a related betacoronavirus. The indicated biological mechanism of IVM, competitive binding with SARS- CoV-2 spike protein, is likely non-epitope specific, possibly yielding full efficacy against emerging viral mutant strains.”3
Moreover, Dr. Brian Tyson (no relation to yours truly) is the prescribing physician for the prescriptions at issue. Dr. Tyson is a world-renowned expert on the treatment of COVID-19. Dr. Tyson has testified nationally and internationally on topic, and he has successfully treated more than 6,500 COVID-19 patients. Dr. Tyson’s professional judgment to prescribe ivermectin for a patient to treat COVID-19 is completely supported by the science, the law, and his extensive experience.
1 Petrillo, M., Brogna, C., Cristoni, S., Querci, M., Piazza, O. and Van Den Eede, G., Increase of SARS- CoV-2 RNA load in faecal samples prompts for rethinking of SARS-CoV-2 biology and COVID-19 epidemiology., F1000 RESEARCH, 2021, ISSN 2046-1402, 10, p. 370, JRC122185.
2 Caly L, Druce JD, Catton MG, Jans DA, Wagstaff KM. The FDA-approved drug ivermectin inhibits the replication of SARS-CoV-2 in vitro. Antiviral Res. 2020;178:104787.
3 Santin AD, Scheim DE, McCullough PA, Yagisawa M, Borody TJ. Ivermectin: a multifaceted drug of Nobel prize-honoured distinction with indicated efficacy against a new global scourge, COVID-19. New Microbes New Infect. 2021 Aug 3;43:100924. doi: 10.1016/j.nmni.2021.100924. PMID: 34466270; PMCID: PMC8383101.

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