As seen by millions in a viral video that was quickly banned from social media, a group of doctors gathered together in the nation’s capital this past week to explain the benefits of the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for the coronavirus.
One of the doctors in that group — Los Angeles, California-based physician Dr. Simone Gold — told Fox News host Tucker Carlson that her appearance in the video has now gotten her fired from her job, TheBlaze reported.
Fired from her job
Gold, an emergency medicine specialist, shared the news during an appearance on Fox News on Thursday with host Tucker Carlson.
“I’m a board-certified emergency physician for 20 years, and in fact, it seems like until five minutes ago I was considered a hero and people would be clapping and glad that I was doing what I was doing, and then the video came out and I was summarily fired for appearing in what was told to me is an embarrassing video,” Gold told Carlson.
She also shared with Carlson how she was being smeared by some in the media and announced that she has hired defamation and libel attorney Lin Wood to represent her if she decides to seek a legal remedy for defamation.
Gold also revealed on Twitter that the America’s Frontline Doctors website was “arbitrarily shut down” by website host Squarespace over an alleged but unspecified violation of its terms of service. Watch the clip here.
The drug which shall not be named
The backlash to the group of pro-hydroxychloroquine doctors, who dubbed themselves America’s Frontline Doctors, began almost immediately once the video went viral. All of the major social media platforms — including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube — censored the group’s video.
Donald Trump, Jr. was even banned from posting on Twitter for 12 hours after sharing the video.
The reason given for the removal of the video was that, in the view of the Big Tech overlords, it promoted misinformation about the drug itself and the coronavirus pandemic. The World Health Organization said: “While several drug trials are ongoing, there is currently no proof that hydroxychloroquine or any other drug can cure or prevent COVID-19.”
The politicized war over the drug which shall not be named continues to rage on. President Trump has touted the drug as a possible treatment from the early days of the pandemic, but White House coronavirus task force advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci doesn’t agree.
“We know that every single good study – and by good study I mean randomised control study in which the data are firm and believable – has shown that hydroxychloroquine is not effective in the treatment of Covid-19,” Fauci said Wednesday.
On June 15, the FDA revoked its emergency-use approval of the anti-malarial drug for treating COVID-19, citing a “large, randomized clinical trial in hospitalized patients that found these medicines showed no benefit for decreasing the likelihood of death or speeding recovery.”