A New York Times article was published on July 12 and “Good Morning America” broadcasted it on ABC on July 13.
The newspaper article was titled “Texas hospital Says 30-year-old man died after attending to ‘COVID’ party.”
A National Review journalist, Michael Brendan Dougherty, was the one who realized that something was not right with what the report was proposing.
“A 30-year-old man who believed the coronavirus was a hoax and attended a ‘Covid party’ died after being infected with the virus, according to the chief medical officer at a Texas hospital,” the Times article read.
The official, Dr. Jane Appleby of Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, claimed that the man died after deliberately attending a gathering with an infected person to test whether the coronavirus was real.
In her statements to news organizations, Dr. Appleby said the man had told his nurse that he attended a Covid party. Just before he died, she said the patient told his nurse, “I think I made a mistake. I thought this was a hoax, but it’s not.”
Dougherty the original article had all the right elements and wrote
“The story has real didactic power in the current environment, illustrating perhaps four points of contention:
1) A young person
2) in a red state
3) believed the virus was a hoax
4) and failed to socially distance.
As a result, he’s dead.”
The problem, the National Review article points out, is that the person was never named, nor was the date or location of the alleged party mentioned.
The “Good Morning America” program went a step further. It interviewed people in a low-income neighborhood in Arizona, where a young man was allegedly taken to the hospital with symptoms of coronavirus. The man’s mother said she didn’t believe the virus was true before, but now she does. Again, nobody knows who the woman is, and if her son actually even had the virus.
Twitter users commented on the “Good Morning America” video, saying the story was false, or things like “who believes anything MSM says today.”
It’s not unusual for people not to believe mainstream media, like the New York Times, CNN, or MSNBC. When protests and riots initiated by Black Lives Matters and antifa erupted across the country, these media encouraged riots, looting, and called for social justice, an end to racism in the police. All the reports were positive, in fact, the “protests were peaceful” and the images you saw were of looting, riots and violence.
But when ordinary citizens in Virginia and other states protested that the quarantine violated their First Amendment rights, with slogans like “My body, my decision [to go to work],” and when President Trump began his famous rallies, these same media outlets published stories accusing the president of being irresponsible or the people of being anti-lockdown and white supremacists.
NBC News ran a story on June 24 titled “Black Lives Matter protests haven’t led to COVID-19 spikes. It may be due to people staying home,” to which YouTuber Mark Dice added, “This is a real headline. Try to read it without laughing.”
This is a real headline. Try to read it without laughing. pic.twitter.com/SaG9L2eLUn
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) July 14, 2020
All this calls into question the intention of the media and, as Michael Brendan Dougherty points out, no journalistic practice is seen in them.
The New York Times article was edited several times since its publication, adding that the newspaper has not been able to independently verify the doctor’s statements but maintains the news as true.