Dr. David Samadi, chairman of Urology and Chief of Robotic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City on Monday, June 22, railed against Newsweek for linking the spike in CCP Virus (coronavirus) cases in Tulsa with President Donald Trump’s Saturday rally.
“This is an incredibly misleading headline,” Samadi said of the outlet’s article dubbed “Oklahoma reports highest ever daily COVID-19 cases after Trump Tulsa rally.”
“COVID-19 [CCP Virus] has an incubation period of 2-14 days,” the doctor continued. “Attributing a spike to Trump’s rally that happened less than 48 hours ago is misleading. Let’s call this what it is – FAKE NEWS!”
This is an incredibly misleading headline.
COVID-19 has an incubation period of 2-14 days.
Attributing a spike to Trump’s rally that happened less than 48 hours ago is misleading.
Let’s call this what it is – FAKE NEWS!https://t.co/SiJGZEYlyU
— Dr. David Samadi (@drdavidsamadi) June 22, 2020
The newspaper on Monday reported, “Tulsa County’s seven-day rolling average of new cases has been on a sharp incline from June 1 to June 21” but the state had a record 478 new cases on June 21, the day after President Trump held his campaign rally.
“Concerns over a spike in cases were raised by health experts in the lead up to Trump’s Saturday rally in Tulsa, which was the president’s first rally since the outbreak began. Large-scale political rallies were paused in March due to the threat of spreading infection among crowds,” wrote Newsweek.
In advance of the Saturday event, the Trump campaign said that they received over 1 million ticket requests and the president supporters had been lining up for days to secure their seats in Tulsa’s arena that holds 19,000. However, the rally had lower than expected turnout on Saturday.
Trump 2020 Communications Director Tim Murtaugh said Monday that 12,000 people still show up at the event despite “a week’s worth of 24-hour a day negative coverage telling people that the Trump rally was a dangerous place to be.”
The Trump campaign “went through more than a week’s worth of constant negative media coverage from cable news networks, mostly offensive, would be like say CNN and MSNBC, telling people that the most dangerous place in the world that they could be would be at a Trump rally, first because of the coronavirus [CCP Virus] and second because of the threat of dangerous protesters outside,” Murtaugh said.
“It’s undeniable that for more than a week the entire national news media was dead set on discouraging people from going to President Trump’s rallies because Democrats and the mainstream media don’t want President Trump on the campaign trail,” he added.
Newsweek acknowledged that its headline and story have been corrected to remove a link between the spike in the virus cases and the president’s rally, but appeared to lay the blame on the president should the cases continue to increase.
“Although Saturday’s rally was not the cause of the most recent spike, experts fear it will make matters worse in coming weeks,” the report states.