Do you recall the tale of Jodi Doering? She was the nurse who, after some dramatic social media posts, showed up on CNN a few weeks ago with claims that she was attending to multiple dying Covid patients who denied the virus existed. Hers was supposed to be a cautionary tale of the perils of this disease and the fatal dangers behind taking it lightly.
Except her story fell apart faster than a Chinese-made hospital gown.
The hospital where this travelling nurse – (a contracted support worker, not an actual medical staff member) worked had only experienced 6 Covid-related deaths the entire year. A number of other issues regarding this source came up and she has disappeared from public view.
Now tonight another dramatic reading is found, this from an ER doctor who has a gripping tale of her own.
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
If this sounds…curious to you, you are hardly alone. To start, this is not anything approaching evidence. This doctor was told an anecdote by a patient, nothing more. Nothing is even close to verifiable about this fable.
That all 22 of those at the dinner would contract the disease seems remote, and this is nothing that can be readily proven. It also defies the odds they would all come down with the symptoms in such a rapid time frame.
Well, it seems rather revealing that not everyone has a skeptical view of this claim.
Of course look who shows up ?
— No One (@JP67201) December 9, 2020
You might think that after featuring a highly questionable guest on air one particular outlet might be leery to jump into that firepit once again.
You would be wrong.
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
While many people are tilting their head in doubt over this story CNN is rushing to clear calendar dates for their next big dramatic BOMBSHELL.
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
You did not learn your lesson from the last nurse who you brought on the air?! https://t.co/2fDqBpmaUD
— Brad Slager Mail-splaining and Voter Resignation (@MartiniShark) 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
That’s exactly what she’s looking for: attention. Way to play into it. ?
— Traci Vee (@tracivee17again) December 9, 2020
Well, one thing helping out CNN is that people on social media are willing to undertake a core part of journalism that many in the press have abandoned over the years — basic research. A few have already done some digging on this newly notable doctor and found that while she was very eager to get this story out condemning family gatherings she was rather open-minded to thousands of people gathering together.
Jerry Dunleavy has a collection of revealing posts made by this same doctor.
— JERRY DUNLEAVY (@JerryDunleavy) December 9, 2020
This potential guest is not too tired to attend rallies and protests with massive crowds. She wants to condemn families coming together, but was willing to bring her kids out to a throng with thousands of strangers.
It might be fair to say that about the only other entity with more questionable character traits would be CNN, if they end up placing her on the air.
Oh, who are we kidding? There is no ”might be” when it comes to CNN.