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The Media Dog That Didn’t Bark

From our US correspondent, Esteban:

There is a rather famous exchange in “The Adventure of Silver Blaze” by Arthur Conan Doyle – Sherlock Holmes comments on the curious incident of the dog in the night. Watson responds that the dog did nothing in the night. That, Holmes explains, is the curious thing. The point was that the dog should have barked at an intruder, since it didn’t do so, Holmes deduced that the intruder was someone it knew.

You’ve probably heard about the bizarre case of a man who died (and whose wife was made sick) from drinking a concoction including fish tank cleaner. The wife blamed President Trump, who had commented and tweeted that chloroquine might be effective against the Chinese Coronavirus a day or two earlier. The woman was quite demonstrative in her tirade, branding the President a liar, claiming he was responsible for her husband’s death, no one should ever believe anything he said, etc. Strong letter to follow.

Upon hearing this story my first reaction was naturally, disbelief. Adults drank fish tank cleaner? But the second thing I thought was, did they really do this because of President Trump? Did this woman go from being a follower of the President to hating him because she and her husband thought they were acting on his advice?

Well, it turns out that she has hated President Trump for a long time, has a track record of bizarre behavior, depression, anxiety, anger, needs three sleeping pills per night and didn’t care for her husband. In fact, it has been suggested that this may have been a way to get rid of him – drink a tiny amount yourself, perhaps to encourage him or as an alibi and get him to chug it. This is purely speculation, by the way, but it has apparently been used as a plot in more than one murder mystery. This bit isn’t actually necessary to my point, but it’s so juicy I couldn’t help myself.

Here’s the dog that didn’t bark – the story that this woman was blaming the president for her husband’s death has been making the rounds for a week. Call me cynical, but if this had been a Democrat president all the old media would have checked her voter registration the day the story broke and they’d have scoured her social media profile, court records, you name it. There’s an old line in the newspaper business that some stories are too good to check – you have a story that will sell a lot of papers, you doubt it’s true but you’ve got sources that are good enough that you can dodge blame, stop asking questions and run with it. The similarity to the Jussie Smollet story is striking. Somewhere Dan Rather is smiling.

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David
David
10 months ago

Please give a link to this story. About the woman being a democrat.

Esteban
Esteban
10 months ago

The article doesn’t claim that she is a Democrat.

Spike
Spike
10 months ago
Reply to  Esteban

I’ve seen articles that state from campaign finance data that she was a Hillary contributor. I don’t know that she was a registered party member.

Pat
Pat
10 months ago

Also- did these people set up fishtanks regularly? Because you’d only use the stuff cleaning prior to a new set-up and a set-up will last for years.
In other words, what was it doing in the cupboard?
Instapundit has a couple of links to articles supporting Tim’s account.
Including that was a Hilary doner in one of them.

Esteban
Esteban
10 months ago

Don’t know or acre about party affiliation, the point is that if she was ripping a Democrat, especially Hopey McChange, the old media would have scrutinized her entire history looking for bad or odd behavior. They’d especially look for evidence that she didn’t support Jug Ears, as this would deflate the idea that she drank the stuff because he suggested it.

Instead the story floated around for a week before somebody unearthed evidence that showed the headline should have been “Really wacko broad who hates President Trump poisoned herself, tries to blame him”.

dodgy geezer
dodgy geezer
10 months ago

Oh Dear!

Holmes says this to WATSON? Every British schoolboy who was born before 1960 should be aware of the quote, which I append (from the wiki):

Gregory (Scotland Yard detective): Is there any other point to which you would wish to draw my attention?
Holmes: To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.
Gregory: The dog did nothing in the night-time.
Holmes: That was the curious incident.

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