From the NY Times:
“And then I see the disinfectant where it knocks it out in a minute — one minute — and is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside, or almost a cleaning?” he asked. “Because you see it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it would be interesting to check that.”
After the president’s comments, searches soared for cleaning products like colored laundry detergent capsules, or Tide Pods, leading the Washington State emergency management division to tell people, “don’t eat tide pods or inject yourself with any kind of disinfectant.”
The maker of the disinfectants Lysol and Dettol also issued a statement on Friday warning against the improper use of their products.
“As a global leader in health and hygiene products, we must be clear that under no circumstance should our disinfectant products be administered into the human body (through injection, ingestion or any other route),” the company said. The words “under no circumstance” were highlighted in bold.
Times editors want to be so balanced and calm in their headlines that they put this under:
Trump extols the powers of sunlight and household disinfectants. Experts urge caution.
A reasonable alternative would have been:
Trump extols the powers of sunlight and household disinfectants. Experts and normal people cite injury and likely death.
A member of the cult said the president was merely being “inquisitive”, but would anybody outside the cult disagree that the president of the United States should not be bringing up absurd, extremely dangerous treatments on national TV, unless it’s to strongly warn the public against them? It’s not a subject to be “inquisitive” about, certainly not in public. He made it seem plausible and nobody there disagreed.
The owners of The Onion saw the phrase “some experts” and decided to close up shop, finally accepting that they can’t compete.
It took them several hours, but they finally offered a correction. The comments are excellent.
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