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Trump Falls For ‘Dr. I.P. Freely’ Joke On Bogus COVID-19 Scientist Study

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In news that would be funny, if not for the 216,000 dead Americans and more than a million dead from coronavirus worldwide, the Trump administration is touting a “scientific analysis” signed by doctors with very obviously fake names. The New York Times reports that the White House is promoting a so-called study, signed by nearly 10,000 “medical & public health scientists,” arguing COVID-19 can be beaten through herd immunity, or the notion that purposeful spreading of the virus will eventually just render the whole population immune.

But a Sky News report found a large number of the doctors had totally fake names, or were not actually doctors. Their review of the doctors who had signed found the names “included Dr. I.P. Freely, Dr. Person Fakename and Dr. Johnny Bananas, who listed himself as a ‘Dr of Hard Sums.’”

The “study” in question is not a study at all, it’s basically a glorified Change.org-style petition where any old moron can check a box claiming that they’re a doctor. It’s called the The Great Barrington Declaration, and since their bullshit names were exposed, the group has removed the names of the so-called doctors who had signed on.

The stupidity does not end there. Sky News also found a doctor who listed his credential as a “PhD Durham Univercity,” a number of homeopaths claiming that as a medical credential, as well as hypnotherapists, massage therapists, and a “therapeutic sound practitioner.”

“One medical professional on the list gives his name as Dr Harold Shipman, a general practitioner in the United Kingdom,” according to Sky News. “A GP called Harold Shipman killed more than 200 of his patients before he was arrested in 1998.”

The World Health Organization describes treating COVID-19 with herd immunity as “simply unethical.” And some sham online petition is not the same thing as a scientific study or legitimate paper published in a medical journal. We hate to piss in your Cheerios, President Trump, but a paper signed by Dr. I.P. Freely is not a legitimate medical study. 

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Joe Kukura is a two-bit marketing writer who excels at the homoerotic double-entendre. He is training to run a full marathon completely drunk and high, and his work has appeared in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal on days when their editors made particularly curious decisions.

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