Fool me once … CNN drools over another questionable COVID story from ER doctor
Correction: Original headline said “nurse” instead of “doctor” in error.
Just a few weeks ago, CNN ran with a very questionable account from Jodi Doering, an ER nurse who posted dramatic claims about patients dying in South Dakota from COVID-19 in their hospital beds angry and confused because of Governor Noem’s pandemic policies or lack thereof. She went on to appear numerous times on CNN who gave her tons of airtime. The network is gearing up to possibly do it again with an ER doc who is spinning a tale from a patient’s unsubstantiated claim.
Doering’s account unceremoniously fell apart when even cursory research was done. No other medical personnel could be found who said the same thing. Not only that, but the particular hospital in question had only 6 COVID-related deaths this year. The nurse was a contracted support worker and not actually on staff at the hospital. A number of other issues regarding this source came up and she has disappeared from public view.
CNN, always on the lookout for a COVID tale of horror, has potentially found a new witness in ER doctor Rebecca Karb. She is also gay and seems to be an activist for radical causes. In a tweet, she makes what at first appears to be an alarming claim until you consider it is second-hand and unsourced.
“Last night, one of my (many) patients with COVID told me she had a large Thanksgiving dinner with family—22 people. The day after, one family member tested positive. Since then (according to my patient) *ALL* 22 people have developed symptoms, some severe. We are so tired,” Karb wrote in the tweet, which has received at least 120,000 likes and 33,000 retweets since it was first posted.
Last night, one of my (many) patients with COVID told me she had a large Thanksgiving dinner with family—22 people. The day after, one family member tested positive. Since then (according to my patient) *ALL* 22 people have developed symptoms, some severe.
We are so tired. pic.twitter.com/RQ9TvUPnvC
— Rebecca Karb (@DrKarb) December 8, 2020
The doctor’s recount is an anecdote from her patient. She is simply taking the word of this person, and numerous people have pointed out it is highly unlikely that all 22 attending the Thanksgiving gathering would have come down with the coronavirus. None of this has been verified yet.
Considering that CNN’s last witness simply disappeared, it would seem prudent to look into this doctor’s claims. But so far, that has not occurred.
Hi – I work at CNN and would like to chat with you more about this. Do you mind DMing me? Thank you.
— Amanda Jackson (@AmandaJ_TX) December 9, 2020
Don’t you think you should confirm the story before you rush her on the air? Oh right, you said you were with CNN. 😂
— Janice 🍟🐶🏀🏈 (@jannyfayray) December 9, 2020
Do you guys ever get tired of being scammed? You literally got fooled by this same act just a few weeks ago.
— Bonchie (@bonchieredstate) December 9, 2020
Washington Examiner reporter Jerry Dunleavy has a collection of revealing posts made by this same doctor.
— JERRY DUNLEAVY (@JerryDunleavy) December 9, 2020
Dr. Rebecca Karb is an emergency medicine physician and faculty member at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence.
Karb joins several other doctors and nurses who have taken to social media in recent weeks to share a snapshot of the reality of the outbreak at hospitals and make emotional pleas to warn people about the seriousness of the virus.
The media is running with these accounts, many times not bothering to look into whether they are factual or not.
One example occurred in mid-November, when an ICU nurse in the Texas county of El Paso, where temporary refrigerated morgue trailers were allegedly deployed to cope with the rising number of COVID-19 deaths, tweeted about her encounter with a COVID-19 patient who initially denied the severity of the virus despite being in intensive care but later admitted he was “mistaken.”
The patient’s perspective supposedly shifted following the nurse’s so-called “brutally honest” account of her personal experience with the outbreak.
The nurse told the patient: “You’re the only patient of 25 that has been able to speak to me today or is even aware I’m here” and that “in 10 years of being a nurse I’ve done more CPR and seen more people die in the last two weeks than I have in my entire career.”