On Friday January 11, CDC chief Dr. Rochelle Walensky did a television interview that immediately prompted the anti-vax, anti-mask, anti-science Covid deniers on the right to burst into varying degrees of ecstatic jubilation.
Their claim was that Walensky said that 75% of Covid deaths occurred in victims who had at least four comorbidities. Risk factors included being over 65 years old, having a suppressed immune system, diabetes, and chronic kidney, cardiac, pulmonary, neurologic, and liver disease.
Which led to the right immediately claiming that this “confession” by Walensky proved the threat of the Coronavirus had been grossly exaggerated. They also claimed that the chronic, serial lying Trump had been correct when he downplayed the seriousness of the virus. And of course, he wasn’t. Serial liars seldom, if ever, are. Nor were his supporters correct in their accusations.
Trump’s demon seed, Don Jr., tweeted “75% of ‘Covid Deaths’ were in people with at least 4 comorbidities according to the CDC. That’s it. That’s the tweet.” He also tweeted “How many people had 2/3 things that would likely kill them or were in late stage terminal cancer?”
His knee jerk aggressiveness aside, and to his credit – somewhat – Uday Jr. deleted the tweet once the truth was revealed. No apology for, or even acknowledgement of, posting “fake news.” He just silently deleted it.
Which is just fine with Trumper’s, who don’t expect any sign of regret or remorse, let alone an apology. They know they’re being lied to. They just don’t care. They just wait for the next lie to appear, which they then immediately latch onto like they did this one. “Finally, we’ve GOT ‘em!” they exclaim victoriously. Until that lie is debunked. Wash, rinse and repeat.
Now, that was essentially what Walensky said, however, that was not ALL she said. Turns out, the network that conducted the interview (that card carrying member of the “liberal media,” ABC, in this case, “Good Morning America”), had edited Walensky’s remarks for broadcast. And what was lost in the editing, was that she was referring only to victims who had been vaccinated. This is what ABC omitted from their broadcast:
“You know, really important study, if I may just summarize it, a study of 1.2 million people who were vaccinated between December  and October  and demonstrated that severe disease occurred in about zero point zero one five percent of the people who are — received their primary series and death in point zero zero three percent of those people.”
Again, she was referring to, and said, vaccinated people. But that part was edited out. And just to add some numerical perspective to her remarks, this study was done on 1,228,664 fully vaccinated people. Just 36 of them died. That’s it. Thirty-six people out of 1.2 million. And out of those 36, 28 of them had four or more comorbidities. That’s it. Out of 1,228,664, 28 who died (78% of 36) had other health issues. Those who experienced severe disease? 0.015% Those who died? .003%.
And how did ABC react to this? They posted a version of the interview on the “GMA” website that restored the portion that was cut. The only indication there was any difference came in a note at the end of the nearly four-minute clip that said the video had been updated. They also posted: “A shorter version edited for time was broadcast on Friday, Jan. 7.” At the time of this writing, the network has said nothing on the air about the issue.
I would submit that given the gleeful reaction, actually orgasmic, OVER-reaction – to Walensky’s edited remarks; given the amount of disinformation that’s already been spewed downplaying the seriousness of this insidious virus, led by the orange parasite, Benedict Donald. ABC did indeed have an obligation to provide a more full-throated mea culpa for what ended up being deceptive editing. But they didn’t.
And that will just allow the anti-vax, anti-mask, anti-science conspiracy theorists and Trump cultists and apologists to keep on downplaying the sobering gravity of this virus, and lead to more unnecessary deaths.
But the reality, truth and bottom line is this. Dr. Walensky’s remarks proved the exact opposite of what the right immediately claimed they did. They were a testament to the wondrous effectiveness of the vaccines. But given the circumstances surrounding ABC’s reluctance to come clean, this lie will now take its place with hundreds of thousands of other lies – which have now become gospel among those who only patronize their right wing, propaganda and disinformation media bubble and echo chamber.
Oh yeah, and the right will dishonestly continue to call ABC part of the sinister “liberal media.” *Sigh*