FACT CHECK: Media Pushed Fish Tank Cleaner As Possible Treatment For Coronavirus, NOT President Trump


Self-responsibility is a strong foundation of conservative politics.  An individual is responsible for the consequences of his/her own actions, whether that means choosing what drugs to put into your own body or foolishly deciding to take out $200,000 in student loans for a humanities degree from a liberal arts university.

Sadly, this simple idea of personal responsibility remains far too complex for many people to comprehend, including many so-called “journalists” in the mainstream media who publish opinion hit pieces disguised as news.

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NBC is the latest anti-Trump propaganda
company to step up to the plate, suggesting that President Donald Trump is directly responsible for
the poor decisions of an Arizona couple who ingested fish tank cleaner in an attempt to cure
the coronavirus.

In a particularly tragic case of the Chinese coronavirus, an elderly Arizona woman and her husband heard about President Trump’s suggestion to seek out the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin as a possible treatment for COVID-19. Sadly, however, they mistakenly thought that chloroquine phosphate, a chemical in fish tank cleaner, was the same thing as hydroxychloroquine.

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There is ample evidence that hydroxychloroquine has in fact saved
people’s lives from COVID-19. However, fish tank
cleaner is not medicine, and obviously has many negative effects on
one’s overall health.

Unfortunately, the Arizona woman’s husband died after ingesting the fish tank cleaner, and she remains in intensive care for her very poor decision.

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Predictably, media outlets like NBC
(whom Trump suggested should stick
to reporting, not sensationalism) published a fake news hit piece, saying that
the President of the United States ordered his own citizens, whom he has a
constitutional duty to protect, to drink fish tank cleaner.

Such deliberate misleading, or more like outright lying, has been part of the media’s relationship with President Trump since the day he came down the escalator at Trump tower in 2015 to announce his presidential campaign.

Rather than focusing the article on the importance of understanding the difference between the two radically chemicals, NBC directly tied a tragic misunderstanding to a president who made it clear that a combination of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin may treat symptoms but will not cure Chinese coronavirus.


Shockingly, it wasn’t
just the usual far-left anti-Trump media suspects like NBC, CNN, and the New
York Times who published reports blaming the president for this couple’s decision
to eat fish tank cleaner.   Even the
usually fair and balanced Forbes reported:

“When President Trump incorrectly announced that the FDA had fast-tracked approval of the drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine for treatment of COVID-19, he added, ‘The nice part is, it’s been around for a long time, so we know that if it—if things don’t go as planned, it’s not going to kill anybody.’”

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The Forbes article went on to
say, “Except it just did,” thus falsely suggesting that the Arizona man died
from ingesting hydroxychloroquine, not chloroquine phosphate (fish tank

Ironically, before the Arizona couple ingested fish tank cleaner, several mainstream media sources, including New York Post, Daily Mail, and Valley News Live, had falsely reported that fish tank cleaner was a possible treatment for coronavirus.

The New York Post headline read, “Sales of fish tank additive skyrocket after studies say it could treat coronavirus.”

Daily Mail wrote, “A fish tank product has the same chemical US is studying for COVID-19.”


So, although the couple is still
personally responsible for their own actions, it appears that if there is
anyone else to blame for dangerously equating fish tank cleaner with the drug
promoted by President Trump, it is the media itself, not the president.

Regardless of the many positive reports that show that hydroxychloroquine does in fact treat COVID-19, it is essential that one consults his/her doctor before taking any drugs.

Steeve Strange

Steeve is the CEO & Co-Founder of The Scoop.

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