After repeatedly mocking President Trump for suggesting on March 19 that hydroxychloroquine could be an effective treatment for coronavirus, media organizations have begun acknowledging that the drug — now approved for emergency use to treat coronavirus by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) — may be useful after all.
Journalists and top Democrats have beaten a similarly hasty retreat from their previous claims that Trump’s ban on travel from China was both xenophobic and ineffective. But media outlets’ misinformation on hydroxychloroquine was unique because it involved not simply policy disagreements but also suggestive medical advice and directives that could have dissuaded some from seeking certain treatments.
Our political class — of journalists, bureaucrats, academics, and politicians — are not suffering job loss or pay cuts as a result of the virus. Their complacency and incompetence meant that the borders were not closed in time (how cheap that would have been, as foreseen here).
They will not admit to making any mistakes, oh no. Instead, they pretend they were right all along. Only now they pretend that a new study or bit of evidence — only just available — means that they now know something even better. Like it wasn’t obvious all along, and they got it totally wrong before. I’m wearing my shocked face. The gulf between reality and what they would have us believe is breathtaking.