Doctor faults L.A. Times on Covid misinformation law
Paper ends up with Dr. Pan on hydroxychloroquine and vaccines

2022-12-10T13:18:01-08:00October 21st, 2022|Medical ethics|


The Los Angeles Times (LA Times) last week ran an article under this headline: “Doctors fear California law aimed at COVID-19 misinformation could do more harm than good.”

On the surface, this seems like a long-awaited, albeit meager, acknowledgment from mainstream journalism of the devastating harm that will result from penalizing dissenting opinions from those who are qualified to speak on such matters.

If it sounds too good to be true, you would be right.

Although a handful of physicians commented for the article on the potential danger of this legislation, the LA Times eventually landed squarely in defense of this unprecedented invasion of the doctor-patient relationship by an authority that mindlessly supports one version of “the facts….”

From the LA Times article:

“By making the prohibition against Covid-19 lies unambiguously clear, the new law will strengthen a medical board’s hand if a physician who has been sanctioned tries to challenge that decision, said state Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), a pediatrician and co-author of the measure….”

As Pan explained to the LA Times:
“The code is there to protect patients. Its authors wrote it with the most glaring examples in mind, such as Dr. Simone Gold, the Beverly Hills physician who founded the anti-vaccine group America’s Frontline Doctors. Gold has promoted debunked Covid-19 treatments such as the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine and has spread outlandish claims about vaccine safety.”

Pan was not asked to refute the 266 separate studies that demonstrate an overall benefit of the drug hydroxychloroquine. This would be necessary in order to claim that the drug has been debunked.

Perhaps he was referring to the multinational, peer-reviewed study of hydroxychloroquine published in The Lancet in May 2020. Did he know it was retracted two weeks later due to data corruption, among other things?

What are the outlandish claims about vaccine safety, and who, besides Gold, is making them?

Is Pan referring to the CDC, a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services?

The CDC claims, “Millions of people in the United States have received Covid-19 vaccines under the most intense safety monitoring in US history” — despite knowing for more than a year that of 10.1 million V-safe enrollees, 1 in 7 sought medical attention after getting the jab….

The above comes from an Oct. 13 posting by Madhava Setty, M.D. in the Defender.

One Comment

  1. Joe October 23, 2022 at 7:56 am - Reply

    I don’t know what it will take to wake up the millions of Catholics in CA who are ignorant of so mamny things their corrupt, one party government is doing that goes against their faith. Gavin Newsom and the State Legislature are dangerous to your moral, physical, and spiritual health.


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