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Another Gaffe: Biden Blames Black Vaccine Hesitancy on the 'Experimentations' on 'Tuskegee Airmen'

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For a town of 10,000, there’s a lot of America’s racial history packed into Tuskegee, Alabama.

Some of it is good. The Tuskegee airmen, the World War II fighter pilots who were the first all-black fighter squadron, were so named because they trained at Tuskegee University, the historically black college once led by Booker T. Washington.

Some of it is quite the opposite. Consider the Tuskegee Syphilis Study, in which 600 black men were enrolled in an experiment on the long-term effects of syphilis starting in 1932. Those who had the disease were promised treatment, although a control group was given a placebo so as to study the progression of the illness — which can eventually lead to insanity and death. This continued even though penicillin was widely recognized as a cure for syphilis just over a decade after the experiment began.

One of these two things, obviously, has contributed to vaccine hesitancy among black Americans. It wasn’t the one President Joe Biden attributed black vaccine hesitancy to during an interview earlier this week.

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The gaffe came during a joint interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci conducted by YouTube influencer Jackie Aina and released Monday. During the interview, Biden said that “what I started was, when I set up this commission that we put together that Dr. Fauci is the best-known member of it, but that there’s another 20-some serious scientists and docs on it, I asked one person to do nothing but deal with equity.”

That person’s role, the president said, was “to make sure that we were reaching out into minority communities,” where memories could be long.

“By the way, many of the older members of that community had memories of experimentation on black Americans that were not told about, like what happened, with the, you know, Tuskegee airmen and all those tests,” Biden said.

“And so there was a great reluctance, and so I — we made sure to reach out” to those communities in a number of ways.



That gaffe didn’t go unnoticed:

There are plenty of people around who have heard of the Tuskegee experiment second-hand or as part of their school’s curriculum, even though it was only uncovered in 1972 by The Associated Press.

“In 1969, the [U.S. Public Health Service’s] Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, which has been in charge of the Tuskegee Study, reviewed records of 276 syphilitics, both treated and untreated, who participated in the experiment,” the AP’s original report read.

“It found that seven men had died as a direct result of syphilis. Another 154 died of heart failure, but CDC officials say they cannot determine now how many of these deaths were caused by syphilis or how many additional deaths may have been linked to the disease.”

“I think a definite moral problem existed when the study was undertaken, a more serious problem was overlooked in the post-war years when penicillin became available but was not given to these men, and a moral problem still exists,” Public Health Service official Dr. J.D. Millar was quoted as saying.

The vaccine-hesitant in the black community are also doubtlessly aware of the heroism of the Tuskegee airmen — as, indeed, are most Americans who remember something from their middle school history lessons and/or watched the movie “Red Tails.”

As for the vaccine-hesitant black individuals the president was trying to reach, they’re not going to be particularly impressed with a president who talked to them in dulcet tones about equity and health inequalities in the black community and then, literally seconds later, babbled on about “experimentation on black Americans that were not told about, like what happened, with the, you know, Tuskegee airmen and all those tests.”

This wasn’t one of Biden’s low-stakes gaffes, in other words.

That individual on Biden’s task force whose job is “to do nothing but deal with equity,” by the way, is Dr. Cameron Webb. In February, talking to The Washington Post about dealing with vaccine hesitancy in the black community, he said the administration was “swimming upstream.”

“The best antidote, said Webb,” The Post reported, “is communication from trusted figures.”

“We’re not trying to sell anybody a vaccine, but I believe that if people have accurate, truthful information about what we know and what we don’t know, they’ll make the decision that’s in their best interest,” Webb said. “There are a lot of myths and disinformation out there that clouds that picture, so part of our work is helping to sift through all that.”

Far be it from me to give Dr. Webb advice on ending vaccine hesitancy, but if “communication from trusted figures” is key and you don’t want anyone “cloud[ing] that picture” with the black community, it’s high time to have a talk with the boss.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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'The View' Co-Hosts Who Tested Positive for COVID Didn't Even Have It

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A disturbing incident on ABC’s “The View” spotlights an alarming problem with current coronavirus protocols.

On Friday — just moments before Vice President Kamala Harris was scheduled to appear in person — “The View” co-hosts Ana Navarro and Sunny Hostin were abruptly rushed off stage amid revelations that they had tested positive for COVID-19.

Both Navarro and Hostin are vaccinated.

The Harris interview, which was supposed to be on-set, was changed to a remote interview following an awkward delay.



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Insiders at the left-wing talk show told the New York Post on Sunday that both Hostin and Navarro subsequently tested negative, ruling their first tests a false positive.

“They were pissed because everyone’s been waiting for this big interview for two weeks now, and then it was derailed because of a false positive,” an insider said.

A second source said the incident was especially shocking because producers announced the hosts’ test results on air without their permission.

Not only is that embarrassing, but it’s also unethical to reveal someone’s health issues on national television without their express consent.

“It was not OK. They made the decision to reveal their COVID-19 results in the heat of the moment when they should’ve gone to commercial break,” a second insider told the Post.

“They could’ve stopped and thought about how to handle it, as opposed to being crazy on the air and running around like chickens with their heads cut off,” the source said.

On Saturday, Navarro tweeted that she had tested negative for a third time. This indicates that her initial positive test result on Friday was indeed a false-positive.

Hostin had not commented on the incident, but she and Navarro were back in the studio on Monday.

At the start of Monday’s show, co-host Joy Behar announced that both tests had turned out to be false positives and everyone is “safe, healthy and COVID-free.”

The show’s executive producer, Brian Teta, issued an apology to Navarro and Hostin.

“The View” hosts and staff are tested for the coronavirus multiple times a week. It’s unclear why this measure is necessary when they’re all supposedly vaccinated.

However, the shocking incident from Friday has enraged some employees, who slammed ABC’s sloppy testing protocol as an “epic fail.”

“It was so crazy,” one insider told the Post. “Nobody knew what was going on. Everyone at ABC had a different answer about what was going on.”

The Food and Drug Administration has warned that false-positive results do occur with COVID-19 tests.

“The FDA is aware of reports of false positive results associated with antigen tests used in nursing homes and other settings,” the agency revealed in November 2020.

It issued another warning about false-positive tests eight months later in July.

The alarming regularity of false positives is worrisome because it suggests that infection rates are being artificially inflated.

This stokes public panic and suggests that we’re not being told the truth about the pandemic and the actions taken to fight it.

One Twitter user wrote: “So proof that the number of positive cases is most likely inflated? How many people got one test and went home to quarantine and never questioned it?”

Conservative commentator Christian Walker mocked the delicious irony of the vaccinated co-hosts of “The View” testing positive “after screaming about how the unvaccinated are super spreaders.”

Janice Dean, Fox News’ senior meteorologist, was stunned that “The View” producers apparently announced Navarro and Hostin’s test results without their express consent.

This farcical incident underscores that the fearmongering being fomented by Democrats and their media puppets can boomerang on even the most virtue-signaling COVID alarmists, such as Navarro and Hostin.

In other words, self-righteous vaxxers who attack Americans because they’re unwilling to submit to oppressive vaccine passports are not exempt from becoming victims of left-wing hysteria.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

A disturbing incident on ABC’s “The View” spotlights an alarming problem with current coronavirus protocols. On Friday — just moments before Vice President Kamala Harris was scheduled to appear in person — “The View” co-hosts Ana Navarro and Sunny Hostin were abruptly rushed off stage amid revelations that they had tested positive for COVID-19. Both Navarro and Hostin are vaccinated. The Harris interview, which was supposed to be on-set, was changed to a remote interview following an awkward delay. https://youtu.be/joKE-7DLT8I?t=21 Insiders at the left-wing talk show told the New York Post on Sunday that both Hostin and Navarro subsequently tested negative, ruling their first tests a false positive. “They were pissed because everyone’s been waiting for this big interview for two weeks now, and then it was derailed because of a false positive,” an insider said. A second source said the incident was especially shocking because producers announced the hosts’ test results on air without their permission. Not only is that embarrassing, but it’s also unethical to reveal someone’s health issues on national television without their express consent. “It was not OK. They made the decision to reveal their COVID-19 results in the heat of the moment when they should’ve gone to commercial break,” a second insider told the Post. “They could’ve stopped and thought about how to handle it, as opposed to being crazy on the air and running around like chickens with their heads cut off,” the source said. On Saturday, Navarro tweeted that she had tested negative for a third time. This indicates that her initial positive test result on Friday was indeed a false-positive. Whew! Very thankful to have gotten a third negative PCR test result this afternoon. Headed home to Chacha’s dad. pic.twitter.com/Gg3jY1xQwL — Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) September 25, 2021 Hostin had not…

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Former Marine Allegedly Kills Deputy, Manhunt Underway Amid Fears His Training Gives Him an Edge

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A Florida deputy died Sunday, two days after he was shot during a traffic stop.

In response to the death of Deputy Joshua Moyers, 29, a Blue Alert has been issued in Florida’s Nassau County for Patrick McDowell, a former Marine suspected of shooting Moyers during a traffic stop early Friday morning just north of Jacksonville, according to WBFS-TV.

Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper said doctors tried to save Moyers, who was shot in the face and back, but “there was just nothing they could do for Josh.” On Saturday, Leeper said Moyers would not survive, but was being kept alive until his organs could be donated.

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McDowell, 35, has been on the run ever since. Some say finding McDowell could result in even more death.

“I know he was military trained, and he was a very good student, very professional. I didn’t know anything negative about him,” weapons instructor Del Angelo, who trained McDowell as a security guard, told WJXT-TV.

“We just trained him basically for security response and how to use a handgun for self-defense or for protecting an area and he was very accomplished in his use of a handgun.”

Angelo said he thinks McDowell will make it in the woods.


“He’s very much a survivalist and he’s been military trained on survival and weapons use. So he’s very accomplished at survival and being unrecognized,” he said. “He can’t change his appearance but he can sure hide well and know how to stay out of people’s line of sight.”

According to WJXT, McCowell served in the Marines from 2005 to 2009, deploying twice as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He served in the Marine Corps Reserve from 2009 to 2013, WJXT reported.

Marine veteran Dallas Harpe, a Nassau County resident, said the hunt for McDowell might take some time.

“A man could survive in the woods with the training that he’s got up to 30 days or so,” said Harpe, a small arms and rifle instructor, according to WJXT-TV.

“The most important part of the basic training that would be helping him is when you’re going through infantry training, you’re taught to camouflage yourself, blend in with your surroundings. You’re taught discipline where you can remain absolutely still no matter what’s going on around you and the ability to move quietly through the woods,” said Harpe.

“It looks like there’s a lot of wetlands, so a man could slip through where it’s wet and his scent would be lost to the dogs and that would help him hide. If he walks through water, they’ll lose the scent,” he said.

Police are using heat-seeking technology, helicopters and drones in the hunt.

The technology could defeat training, Harpe said.

“You could have all the training in the world, but you can’t hide your body heat from heat sensors unless you have special material, and I doubt that he has because of the way that he entered the woods,” said Harpe.

A flashlight and a hat believed to belong to McDowell have been found, WJXT reported.

Police organizations are offering more than $50,000 for information the leads to McDowell’s arrest, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

A Florida deputy died Sunday, two days after he was shot during a traffic stop. In response to the death of Deputy Joshua Moyers, 29, a Blue Alert has been issued in Florida’s Nassau County for Patrick McDowell, a former Marine suspected of shooting Moyers during a traffic stop early Friday morning just north of Jacksonville, according to WBFS-TV. Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper said doctors tried to save Moyers, who was shot in the face and back, but “there was just nothing they could do for Josh.” On Saturday, Leeper said Moyers would not survive, but was being kept alive until his organs could be donated. Deputy Joshua Moyers, who was shot in the face and the back, “is not going to survive,” according to Sheriff Bill Leeper. https://t.co/d4BgFvfzUH — First Coast News (@FCN2go) September 25, 2021 “It is with great sadness that I announce Deputy Josh Moyers has passed away this afternoon, September 26, 2021 at 2:19 PM at UF health in Jacksonville. Please keep Josh’s family and fiancé in your thoughts and prayers as we navigate this terrible tragedy.” Sheriff Bill Leeper — Nassau County SO (@NCSO_FL) September 26, 2021 McDowell, 35, has been on the run ever since. Some say finding McDowell could result in even more death. “I know he was military trained, and he was a very good student, very professional. I didn’t know anything negative about him,” weapons instructor Del Angelo, who trained McDowell as a security guard, told WJXT-TV. “We just trained him basically for security response and how to use a handgun for self-defense or for protecting an area and he was very accomplished in his use of a handgun.” Angelo said he thinks McDowell will make it in the woods. BLUE ALERT: Patrick McDowell is accused of shooting and fatally…

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