Fox Host Roasts Ben Carson for Promoting Hydroxychloroquine as COVID-19 Treatment
Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson promoted the use of hydroxycholoroquine to treat COVID-19 during an interview with Fox Business host Neil Cavuto on Wednesday.
The antimalarial drug was thoroughly debunked as an effective treatment for the coronavirus after ex-President Donald Trump touted it as a miracle cure in the early days of the pandemic – which begs the question: why does Carson still have a medical license?
First, Cavuto asked Carson to remark on the apprehension of some Trump supporters to receiving a vaccine.
“We’ve made obviously enormous progress on the vaccination front – really quite miraculous in the speed at which it was done,” Carson, a former neurosurgeon, said.
“However, because we’ve allowed politics to be injected into it, I think a lot of people are skeptical about what they hear from the NIH, from the CDC, from various — quote — authorities, and, as a result, it’s hurting us as a nation. You know, we as a nation, for instance, wanted to be focused only on one thing: vaccinations,” said Carson.
“There were people telling us, you know, there are other kinds of things that work. Hydroxychloroquine. You know, you look at the Western African countries along the coast. When you go there, you know, you have to take hydroxychloroquine or other antimalarials. Interestingly enough, their instance of COVID-19 is tremendously less than ours. Is that a coincidence? I don’t think so,” he added.
Health experts have almost universally advised against taking hydroxycholorquine as a treatment for COVID-19 because of the complications and risks associated with the drug. Further, as Carson should understand as a doctor, causality and correlation are not the same.
“A number of medical experts have looked at that, doctor, as you know, and poo-pooed that connection with hydroxychloroquine, but I guess what I’m more interested in is your take on this – that a number of supporters of the former president are among those, even Donald Trump acknowledging in an interview with Sean Hannity – might be reluctant to take the vaccine. Now he has consistently pushed people to take the vaccine, and maybe this issue has come up whether he should make an announcement, a PSA, to take the vaccine. Do you think that would be a good idea?” Cavuto asked Carson.
Carson acknowledged that while both Trump and President Joe Biden have “encouraged people to take the vaccine,” the problem is that “people are getting inconsistent messages” and “we injected politics right into it.”
Yeah – by people like Carson – who distort medical science to confuse and scare a vulnerable population.
“You just said a bunch of people have poo-pooed the hydroxychloroquine,” Carson continued. “But the evidence is there. What they haven’t done is investigated it. You know, and that’s part of the problem. And that’s why people don’t have confidence in our system because we only put out in front of people what we want them to hear, and we try to take things that we don’t want them to hear and push those things into the corner.”
Cavuto, however, did not back down.
“Wasn’t the evidence — the issue on that, doctor, for those with heart or other issues, it would not be a good idea — period — thinking that this was a magic or silver bullet to deal with the virus?” he said. “Wasn’t that the issue?” Cavuto asked.
“No, that’s not the issue,” Carson replied. “The issue is that we should put everything on the table. We shouldn’t just pick one thing and say, ‘You have to do this.’ We should say, let’s look at this whole variety, this whole plethora or possibilities that we have and let’s develop them all and let’s be objective about it instead of trying to steer them down one pathway. That’s what I’m saying. I’m not saying we should use this one versus this one, I’m saying we should put all them on the table and work together to give people choices. That’s what America is all about.”
Or, we could simply follow the science, which is not dependent upon personal opinion, as Cavuto rightly pointed out.
“At the time, right, at the time, we were driven by comments out of the National Institutes of Health and the FDA, that they did not recommend this,” Cavuto responded. “That’s the best we had to go on at the time. Now, some of that has changed since but the issue at heart here and the push for vaccines was mistaking this one for that, wasn’t it?”
But Carson was adamant that people should be able to choose their medications regardless of the science. That left him with only one more argument – whataboutism.
“Well, the issue right now is are we being truthful? Are we talking about, for instance, natural immunity – immunity that occurs amongst people who were exposed but aren’t particularly sick but they still develop antibodies. Do you hear anything about that?” Carson posited.