Study Finds ‘Single Largest Driver’ of Coronavirus Misinformation: Trump

Cornell University researchers analyzing 38 million English-language articles about the pandemic found that President Trump was the largest driver of the “infodemic.”

WASHINGTON — Of the flood of misinformation, conspiracy theories and falsehoods seeding the internet on the coronavirus, one common thread stands out: President Trump.

That is the conclusion of researchers at Cornell University who analyzed 38 million articles about the pandemic in English-language media around the world. Mentions of Mr. Trump made up nearly 38 percent of the overall “misinformation conversation,” making the president the largest driver of the “infodemic” — falsehoods involving the pandemic.

The study, to be released Thursday, is the first comprehensive examination of coronavirus misinformation in traditional and online media.

“The biggest surprise was that the president of the United States was the single largest driver of misinformation around Covid,” said Sarah Evanega, the director of the Cornell Alliance for Science and the study’s lead author. “That’s concerning in that there are real-world dire health implications.” [ . . . ]

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Will Trump’s illness finally break up the cult? Take a wild guess

Trump Cult

Malignant narcissism can form unbreakable bonds, experts say: Expect even nuttier pro-Trump conspiracy theories

By Chauncey DeVega

On Friday, Donald Trump was hospitalized at Walter Reed Medical Center near Washington after testing positive for the coronavirus and exhibiting symptoms. His wife Melania and other members of Trump’s inner circle have also tested positive for the coronavirus.

Given the consistent strategy of disinformation, contempt for the American people and outright lies that have come from the Trump White House, all reports about Trump’s health and the timeline for his infection must be viewed with suspicion. It remains unclear exactly when Trump tested positive and was diagnosed with COVID last week, but it appears likely that even after knowing he had been exposed to the virus, the president put his staff members, financial donors and family members, as well as members of the public at risk. He could well have exposed Joe Biden and members of Biden’s campaign team to the virus during their debate last Tuesday, although Biden has so far tested negative.

Trump’s condition has been described in contradictory ways, and reports from his medical team have been inconsistent. It is possible Trump will soon be released from the hospital — and also possible that he faces a long and serious illness.

Trump was clearly unwell when he spoke to the American people on Saturday by video. That same day, the White House released a series of photos which purported to show the president “hard at work.” In fact, the photos showed Trump using a marker to sign blank pieces of paper positioned next to empty plastic binders. On Sunday, Trump, eager for narcissistic fuel, was briefly driven through the area around Walter Reed Medical Center so he could acknowledge his followers gathered outside. He is suffering from a highly infectious disease and instead of remaining in quarantine chose to imperil the health and lives of his Secret Service detail and whoever else he came in close contact with.

All this intrigue and lack of transparency by the Trump regime is another example of how the White House has become the Kremlin on the Potomac, a place where the public is left to decipher the schemes and machinations of the ruling party.

Donald Trump is not a normal president (or human being). He is a fascist authoritarian who leads a cult of personality and revels in what he considers “alpha-male” displays of toughness and violence. He presents himself as being immortal. To his cult followers, he functions as a type of godhead whom they love and to whom they constantly express devotion. Trumpism is a form of collective narcissism and groupthink in which the self is subsumed by the libidinal, violent and other pathological emotions and behaviors of the mass movement.

Karma has asserted itself: Donald Trump has now been inflicted with the same disease that he lied about, showing no human concern for the 210,000 Americans who have died so far. This is the same disease for which he actively sabotaged relief efforts and common-sense public health measures. In total, Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic is an act of de facto genocide against the American people, and should be prosecuted as criminal negligence and homicide.

As Dan Froomkin of Salon and Press Watch recently explained, it isn’t gloating “to point out that this could have been avoided if Trump had taken the obvious and proper precautions that he petulantly and ignorantly chose not to” Continue reading

ICU hero’s wife offers profanity-laced, hilarious and heartbreaking plea to mask opponents that will have you cheering

The virus doesn’t care who you voted for: Stop being a dick

By Holly Figueroa O’Reilly

Apparently, some of you assholes need some tough love right about now and I’m just the bitch to give it to you so sit down, shut up, and listen.

I’ll apologize upfront for all the swears you’re about to read, but I’ve had it up to :jumps to the International Space Station and back: here with you fucking people and I guarantee, at least one of you assholes needs to hear this. And if you aren’t the asshole that needs to hear it, you definitely know at least one who does.

Apparently, some of you assholes need some tough love right about now and I’m just the bitch to give it to you so sit down, shut up, and listen.

I’m begging you: wear a fucking mask when you go out in public. When I say “mask”, I mean face covering of some sort. A scarf, a bandana…a bra. Whatever it takes, just cover your fucking face.

On Saturday, my husband stopped at the grocery on his way home from treating COVID19 positive patients in the ICU. Other than the employees and him, *not one other person* was wearing a mask.


Why are you people this way?

Listen, morons, you are putting the employees of the store, not to mention their families and friends, at risk. You know, those front-line workers everyone says they appreciate but YOU apparently don’t really give a fuck about?

“Well, I don’t care if I get it because _____________”

For the sake of argument, let’s put aside the fact that there is absolutely no word you can put in that space to make that sentence make sense. You aren’t wearing a mask to protect *you*, dumbass. You are supposed to be wearing it to protect *them*.

When you don’t wear a mask, you are telling front-line workers and other shoppers that you think their lives matter less than the milk you stopped in for. If that’s what you think, then, by all means, continue being an asshole, I guess.

“But *I’m* not sick! So I can’t get anyone else sick.”

:FACEPALM: Not sure if you’ve watched the news these past few weeks, (LOL of course you have), but you wouldn’t necessarily know if you were infected or not. You could be an asymptomatic spreader. 

Yes, bitch. You can infect almost 10k people. If the , that means that one of every 200 people you infect will die.

That’s 50 people you will be responsible for killing, you unbelievable moron.


Today in Washington state, our rate of infection, or R0, is 1.1. That means if you have the virus, you are infecting more than 1 person. That’s not good. In fact, most experts recommend an infection rate of less than 1.0 for two weeks before starting to re-open.

In King County, our R0 today is .98. That’s good, right?

No, dumbass. Because at the end of April, it was .92. It shouldn’t be going up. It should be going down.

This means that you people aren’t wearing your fucking masks and I don’t fucking understand why.


Look you dicks, when the virus hit and the hospitals started to become too busy for the critical care doctors to handle, my husband left his medical practice to help out in the ICU. He didn’t have to. He could have just stayed at home and done telehealth, but he felt compelled to help out. He’s not alone. Thousands and thousands of medical professionals all over this country dropped everything and came running because they thought that by flattening the curve, lives could be saved and society could start reopening more quickly. 

The LEAST you can do is cover your damn face with a fucking mask so you don’t end up killing people.