Trump claims he recently started taking hydroxychloroquine; Laura Ingraham never stopped promoting it - 2020-05-19
On Monday afternoon, when asked about whistleblower Dr. Rick Bright during a meeting in the White House with restaurateurs, President Donald Trump suddenly claimed that he has been taking hydroxychloroquine for about 10 days.
Media Matters has extensively documented how Fox News has pushed the antimalarial drug for use to treat COVID-19, even as mounting evidence shows it to be completely ineffectual and in fact dangerous for many. In early April, Trump invited Fox News host Laura Ingraham to the White House to advise him on the matter.
While many personalities on Fox, such as Dr. Mehmet Oz, backed away from hydroxychloroquine in mid- to late April, Ingraham has continued to tout the drug in recent weeks. As part of her misleading overall coverage of the coronavirus, Ingraham has discussed hydroxychloroquine in at least 51 segments on her show from March 23 to May 6, according to Media Matters' internal database. Since May 6, Ingraham has discussed it in four additional segments. (Right-wing Sinclair Broadcast Group also pushed a national segment about hydroxychloroquine this past Sunday.)