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Oh man, it’s media day in our year-end Three Martini Lunch awards and Jim and Greg are holding nothing back.  Specifically, they look at the stories the mainstream media covered far too much, the ones they conveniently ignored because they didn’t fit their narrative, and what they saw as the best stories of 2020.

The Lancet’s COVID Fiasco


On June 4, The Lancet, a venerable British medical publication, formally retracted a thoroughly flawed study on the drug hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), originally published on May 22. The study was led by Dr. Mandeep R. Mehra, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School—and one of its co-authors was Dr. Sapan Desai, CEO of the small healthcare startup Surgisphere, which performed the study. Immediately upon publication, Surgisphere sought to parry charges that its data was flawed by claiming that contractual restrictions forbade it from sharing its granular datasets with outside parties for review and verification.

The key findings of the study were stunners: most critically, that the use of HCQ led to a substantial increase in mortality rates—around 30 percent—and the occurrence of cardiac arrhythmias in these COVID-19 patients.

Many experts immediately promoted the study. Steven Nissen, a cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic stated: “It’s a very striking finding and it’s convincing to me… Based upon these findings and others, no one should take hydroxychloroquine with or without an antibiotic unless they are in a randomized controlled trial. It should not be used in the general population to prevent or to treat Covid-19 infection.” And Eric Topol, a leading American cardiologist, tweeted that the use of HCQ was associated with a “significant increase in death.” The ubiquitous Dr. Anthony Fauci, the long-time head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, confidently announced days after The Lancet study that HCQ was “not effective” against coronavirus, but stopped short of calling for an outright ban. The World Health Organization announced that it was suspending clinical trials of the drug (now fortunately resumed), and this was soon followed by bans on the use of HCQ to treat COVID-19 by France, Belgium, and Italy.

Join Jim and Greg as they celebrate courts in Wisconsin and Oregon siding with freedom over heavy-handed governors, although Oregon Supreme Court just overruled the lower court and sided with the governor. They’re also exasperated as President Trump takes hydroxychloroquine, despite testing negative for coronavirus, in the latest salvo in this bizarre battle over whether the drug helps treat COVID-19. They also hammer House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for making the fight even more juvenile. And they respond to a liberal opinion writer in the New York Times pathetically changing what they really meant by #BelieveWomen so it doesn’t apply to Joe Biden and Tara Reade.