“Gold standard” medical study finds Ivermectin does not reduce risk of severe Covid-19

A large number of Mesa County residents harbor the mistaken belief that the anti-parasitic drug Ivermectin, used to de-worm horses and prevent heart worm in dogs, can treat Covid-19, even though the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says this is not true.

The bogus idea that Ivermectin is effective against Covid was promoted locally by Grand Junction area chiropractors who spread medical misinformation about Covid-19, including one who urged people to buy livestock-strength Ivermectin and administer it to themselves as a Covid-preventative. Some local chiropractors spread medical misinformation and discouraged people from getting safe and effective vaccines against the disease as a way to help sell their own proprietary brand of supplements they claimed would prevent Covid-19. Members of the Mesa County Republican Party even introduced a resolution for their party’s platform to try to make Ivermectin an over-the-counter drug in Colorado.

After Ivermectin poisonings surged across the country in 2021 due to the spread of this dangerous misinformation, the FDA created an entire web page explaining why people should not use Ivermectin to try to prevent, treat or mitigate Covid-19.

Now there’s even more proof that using Ivermectin to treat Covid is pointless: A large-scale “gold standard” study on using Ivermectin to treat Covid was just published in the New England Journal of Medicine, and it concluded Ivermectin does not reduce the likelihood of hospitalization from Covid-19.

“Gold standard” study

Typical misinformed beliefs about Covid-19 and the relative safety of vaccines, as expressed on Facebook among local people in Mesa County

The study involved 3,515 patients infected with SARS-CoV-2. It was a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, adaptive platform trial performed on symptomatic SARS-CoV-2–positive adults who were recruited from 12 public health clinics in Brazil. Study participants had to have symptoms of Covid-19 for up to 7 days plus at least one risk factor for progression of the disease, like advanced age, hypertension, diabetes or cardiac disease. Participants were randomly assigned to receive Ivermectin (400 micrograms per kilogram of body weight) once daily for 3 days, a placebo, or some other intervention. Overall, 100 patients (or 14.7%) in the Ivermectin group had a “primary-outcome event” (an emergency room visit or hospitalization,” compared with 111 (16.3%) in the placebo group — not much difference.

The authors of the study concluded that “treatment with Ivermectin did not result in a lower incidence of medical admission to a hospital” or to the emergency room due to a worsening of Covid-19.

Q. So what does keep people who get Covid out of emergency rooms and hospitals?

A. The FDA-approved Covid-19 vaccines, which are now well established to be safe and effective, and which are now medically approved for people down to 5 years of age. They are even still available free in town. Contact Mesa County Public Health Department for information on how to get free Covid-19 vaccines and boosters for yourselves and your kids, to keep everyone safe from hospitalization and death from Covid-19.

 

 

  84 comments for ““Gold standard” medical study finds Ivermectin does not reduce risk of severe Covid-19

  1. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9062939/

    COVID UPDATE: What is the truth?
    Russell L. Blaylock
    peer reviewed

  2. Pfizer Jab In Young People Only 20% Effective After 60 Days, 0% After 5 Months

    Researchers with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analyzed test results from sites across the United States and determined that the vaccine was 60 percent effective two to four weeks after 12- to 15-year-olds got the second of the two-dose primary regimen.

    But the effectiveness, measured against symptomatic illness, quickly plummeted, hitting 20 percent around month two and zero around month five.

    After that, recipients in the age group were more likely to be infected by COVID-19.

    Vaccine effectiveness “was no longer significantly different from 0 during month 3 after the second dose,” the researchers wrote in the study, which was published by the Journal of
    Pfizer, its partner BioNTech, and the CDC didn’t respond to requests for comment.

    The study also found that vaccine effectiveness against symptomatic infection plunged quickly for those 5 to 11 years old, starting at 60 percent but hitting 23 percent just one month later.

    in other new YOU can find despite the censors frantic dike plugging;
    Gov scientists reap $350M payoff FOR WOTK THE US TAXPAYER FUNDED which of course means a massive conflict of interest has been revealed. These bureaucrats leverage their power for patent royalty profit and are in a position to restrict funding to competing technologies. this is an abuse of power by unelected deep state leaders

      • When you realize the actual situation regarding our captured bureaucracies ,
        the “Journal of Pfizer” is amazingly Freudian slip, but obviously an editing error. Apparently a missing line/ phrase etc. Typical lib roadblock;
        “since I cant think for self I just vaguely regurgitate the latest msnbc / ☭ИИ screed”

        Don’t be silly. Expect to do at least SOME your OWN due diligence, you can almost always read more of my source material by ordinary keyword searches. Pro-Tip; have a kid show you how, assuming they are still legally allowed on your property …

        • my my that was needlessly snarky. so sorry. where is MY edit button similar to yours ?

  3. Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a Pfizer board member and former FDA Chief, admitted in January that cloth masks don’t work;

    “Cloth masks aren’t going to provide a lot of protection, that’s the bottom line,” he said. “This is an airborne illness. We now understand that. And a cloth mask is not going to protect you from a virus that spreads through airborne transmission. It could protect better through droplet transmission, something like the flu, but not this coronavirus.”

    • was that the Forbes article on a peer-reviewed study ?
      so hard to tell any more – you delete so much info that destroys your pre-hysterical prejudices that Icant tell anymore

      umm OK

    • you missed the the memo; “conspiracy theories” are now knows as “spoiler alerts”

  4. “””Warning: No authoritative, credible source is cited for this information, and it does not mention hospitalization or death rates, which are known to be tremendously reduced in vaccinated people.***

    “According to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), higher COVID-19 case rates have been recorded among fully vaccinated children than unvaccinated in the age group 5-11 since February.

    On Feb. 12, CDC reported a weekly case rate of 250.02 per 10,000 population in fully vaccinated children aged 5-11, compared to 245.82 for unvaccinated children in the same age group.

    That’s the first time CDC recorded a higher case rate among fully vaccinated young children since data was first collected in December 2021. It remains for the following weeks till the third week of March, the latest week with available data.

    “CDC’s data also show the gap in rates of cases between fully vaccinated and unvaccinated has become increasingly smaller among other age groups. The death rates show the same trend between fully vaccinated and unvaccinated for people above 50. For people under 50 years old, the death rates have not much difference since the rollout of the vaccine.”

    why would you take a novel gene treatment for no apparent benefit?

    …looks like they are going to have to raise the stakes & offer TWO DONUTS ! per booster now

  5. ***Warning: this comment contains false information about Covid-19.***

    lol bill gates is on cnn touting 2/year boosters. or more. lol

    reading assignment; @EthicalSkeptic

    There is no ‘Long Covid’. You were permanently injured by blood clotting, because you were denied treatment in order to protect the Emergency Use Authorization. Wake up… they are not your friends.

    @EthicalSkeptic

    Just FYI

    ‘blood clotting’ = coagulopathy, thromboembolitic and endothelial dysfunction, microvascular inflammation.

    These cause long term injury, being spun as ‘Long Covid’

    You do not have ‘Long Covid’.

    @EthicalSkeptic

  6. its high times you reminded we your loyal readership to get some more vaxx boosters

    “Fully Vaccinated Young Adults are 92% more likely to die than Unvaccinated Young Adults according to (UK) Office for National Statistics

    Official figures published by the UK’s Office for National Statistics show that deaths per 100,000 among double vaccinated 18-39-year-olds were on average 91% higher than deaths per 100,000 among unvaccinated 18-39-year-olds between January 2021 and January 2022.

    ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/datasets/deathsbyvaccinationstatusengland

    • I calculated the numbers using the Ons xls files. For that period of time, 54 fully vaccinated individuals 18-39 died of Covid while 463 unvaccinated individuals of that age did. The percent of those in that age group that had 2 does of a vaccine were 79% while those not fully vaccinated accounted for 21% of this group. This showed that the death rate among those fully vaccinated was 33 times lower. If you wish to conduct an analysis using Ons spreadsheet information, please feel free to do so and we can compare numbers.

      • good effort, but I’m ok with this analysis
        expose-news.com/2022/05/14/covid-vaccines-increase-mortality-rate-young-adults/
        you say “of Covid” . but all-cause is the important data, picks up AEs.

        see in particular mortality RATE / person*years v. time graph.
        theres a little wonk in the early boosted data but otherwise looks grim.
        Sorry you didnt get this first write up first but our host censored it. Fus, right?

        • What is your background in research and statistical analysis? I will compare the death rates of those fully vaccinated and those who weren’t instead of including irrelevant deaths not related to the virus that is being perpetuated by The Daily Expose which is a tin-foil hat conspiracy and quackery level pseudoscience website based on promoting false and misleading information regarding Covid-19. Paypal is cutting them off because of their lies. You can keep believing in disinformation to verify your anti-vax views. I’ll keep doing data analysis using the integrity that I built during my 30 years of conducting unbiased research studies.

          • ***Warning: this comment repeats numerous discredited conspiracy theories.***

            Will you guys EVER learn to play the ball and not the man? Is their excess death per cohort across time data bunkus ? Why would you think ALL CAUSE deaths are un-important ? Have you reviewed the page(s) of known possible AEs ?
            Nice display of Nelsonian Knowledge

            alright I’ll play the name game

            And whoever said I am anti-vax is a liar ( cite your source pls). True I am against the mRNA Gold Rush that (to gather just a few posies); broke the blind & treated the placebo group hopelessly screwing their trials (now there is Site 1231/Site 4444 oddities to check out ); while also legal-gaming to suppress trial data release for 75 YEARS; which pretended “treatment” was futile & that natural / herd immunity didn’t exist; in favor an insufficiently tested novel mass vax program ( DURING a pandemic ! DURING !! !thats insanity… the pressure on virus ); or that lockdowns or masks yielded any demonstrable positive results (unless you desire delayed speech & socialization of toddlers); or Ferguson’s wildly overstated ‘models’ (true to his previous “work” tho); or that children were ever at any significant risk from any of the covid strains to date; ignored Fauci’s end run around GOF work buy laundering money thorough Dasak & Wuhan ( and his total silence on those facts early on…); or the $100s of MILLIONS flowing back into NIH/NIAID coffers & pockets ). ( now about those Ukrainian biolab networks – Russia & China both demand hearings, NOT that the US Media will allow it but still) … it is time for reflection or for more closeting ?

            Remember back when the spike was just ‘the key’ that enabled covid to brech the cell wall ? … wait, whats THIS ; the spike IS the disease ? ohnonono we just loaded millions of people with spike factories. dayum! Good thing AE are highly correlated to batch data… maybe there IS hope for Humanity

            by all mean continue your investigations, I applaud you. After all the research teams at Paypal University & GoFundMedeep State agrees with your Appeal to Authority to de monitize anyone digging under the narrative’s foundations.
            BrAVo! Dr Jill Biden (PhD, LoL) & “Full Professor” Joe and Dr Bill Gates (BSci ‘??, MSci ‘?? PhD Hon – Addis Ababa U ’14) who now says “twice a year shots” ought to do it, “maybe more” (on cnn) , and fill up your Pfizer Boost Loyalty Card for a free donut & starbucks. Over which you can discuss Insurance industry data seeing an upsurge in deaths in ~18-49 yr cohorts.

            I dont give a damn what else expose is involved in ( nor you, behind closed doors) ALL DEATH data is an important stat. Disprove those numbers ( and get some graphs please, your run-on sentences boggle even a marathon runner-on like moi!) . Me I’m just an idiot engineer who mined vast data bases to extract previously unrealized useful info to apply to practical problem solving, but I have better things to do than self- censor vital categories and I’ve more interesting things to do than tit your tats.

          • tell me what purpose the vax , WSR?

            Remember waay back when the vaxxx was safe and effective and natural immunity was a dark ages myth?

            Or the high-risk human cohorts had a a couple correlations particularly age, certain diseases, obesity, D deficiency to name a few (sooo, the looniverse + fake news shut down everything but fast food & box stores, then seeds nursing homes with infective cases, good job, unbiased (lol) researcher.

            meanwhile the vast bulk of humanity has minimal risk & worldwide ALL DEATHS were unremarkable for much of muh’demic! Also the annual flu disappeared (apparently cured with Max Net Return Insurance coding )

            Then it became known [even to the unwashed] that the vaxx didn’t PREVENT covid infections or transmission(!), but “thankful who knows how bad them symptoms would have been withOUT a couple boosters”

            now the current strains are ignoring the vax, so much for ‘effective’ …
            but Gates say not to worry, and is pumping a biannual injexxtion program.

            and growing tsunami of suppressed but data wrested from behind institutional interference says the vaxxed are arguably ( soon to be ‘convincingly’ ) subject to greater risks than the unvaxxxed ultra magas ?

            me Im just an idiot engineer who made a great part of my living mining existing data & information to produce useful insights. No I wont bother crawling thorough this particular base, especially just to exclude ‘big picture’ data like ALL DEATHS, oddly higher with more doses of the increasingly worthless vaxxx. IF you want to keep punching boxes on your next pfizer loyalty card for a free coffee & donut, dont let the real world stop you

          • Whoa, Nelly….horse de-wormer ain’t the only thing these rubes will just open up and welcome down their gullet, is it?

  7. Danish study shows no benefit to overall mortality from mRNA vaccines;

    “essentially, you get some reduction in “covid deaths” but it is offset and a bit more by cardiovascular deaths. this alone should give quite a lot of pause. It’s fairly astonishing that it was so completely ignored around approval as is the fact that something on the order of 27k deaths from these vaccines have been reported to VAERS. In the past, vaccines (like swine flu or h1n1) were pulled the market for killing single digit numbers of people.”

    boriquagato.substack.com/p/danish-study-shows-no-benefit-to?token=eyJ1c2VyX2lkIjoxOTI1MzU2NCwicG9zdF9pZCI6NTI3MjcwMTEsIl8iOiI1Z0NSSyIsImlhdCI6MTY1MDcyMjYwNywiZXhwIjoxNjUwNzI2MjA3LCJpc3MiOiJwdWItMzIzOTE0Iiwic3ViIjoicG9zdC1yZWFjdGlvbiJ9.ugIUBDBfn8DxyyewFkxRqTZdml1sCof_Hfx8r1ib7wk&s=r

    It might be a good time to consider why Scott Gottleib quit mid-term as FDA commissioner April 2019 to join the Pfizer BoD. Or why the NIH licensed their tech to Moderna just in time for muhCovid to sweep the planet. Or why the CDC essentially became “vaccine salesmen” why neglecting & suppressing other ‘treatments’

    • Wow, that looks pretty important and science-y.

      Got a link to the actual study, so we can all see what it actually said, or just “interpretations” of that study from WND and The Blaze?

      You don’t, and you won’t, I know. We all know. Because the actual study has this disclaimer:

      “Preprints with The Lancet is part of SSRN´s First Look, a place where journals identify content of interest prior to publication. Authors have opted in at submission to The Lancet family of journals to post their preprints on Preprints with The Lancet. The usual SSRN checks and a Lancet-specific check for appropriateness and transparency have been applied. Preprints available here are not Lancet publications or necessarily under review with a Lancet journal.

      >>>These preprints are early stage research papers that have not been peer-reviewed. The findings should not be used for clinical or public health decision making and should not be presented to a lay audience without highlighting that they are preliminary and have not been peer-reviewed.<<<

      For more information on this collaboration, see the comments published in The Lancet about the trial period, and our decision to make this a permanent offering, or visit The Lancet´s FAQ page, and for any feedback please contact preprints@lancet.com."

      Freaking intellectual cowards.

      • seamy ol chap, did you wriggle thru high school the same way , trying to insult others into doing your homework?

        With just the info above, seeking background info and even critical or competing opinions is a simple task for
        the Curious or Competent, and impossible to understand by the Programmed or Passive.

        but do set blaze to another straw man argument, you are much more entertaining while blitzed
        & we can all benefit from the CO2

        • In other words, you don’t deny that it’s a non-per reviewed article, which you cravenly chose to try and hide, and now, once again, you’re trying to somehow play “above it all” when you’ve crapped your pants in yet another argument.

          As with most of your arguments, it’s not what you say, but what you’re too cowardly to say that shows who you really are, not matter how many times you change your name.

          • lol “cravenly”. That Word of the Day calendar seems to be bearing fruit. Thanks mom!

            So giving sufficient reference to allow the interested or capable (oooo two strikes without a swing) to consider for self is now craven? I can almost see your wadded fists pounding the pillow in self-righteous indignation.

            Better alert the Ministry of Truth, headed up by a dead ringer for Jena’s cuter brother, Nina Jankowicz.

            You dare not deign to look at anything less than peer review? Last Monday, researchers formally published a peer-reviewed study showing that some of the genetic material found in COVID-19 perfectly matches the genetic material in a nucleotide sequence patented by Moderna six years ago. The study was roundly ignored in the press.

            Exactly five days later, another set of researchers “released a pair of extensive studies that point to a market in Wuhan, China, as the origin of the coronavirus pandemic,” as eagerly reported by The New York Times.

            Unlike the previous study, this “pair” of studies has received widespread media attention. This despite the new “pair” of studies thus far being neither peer-reviewed nor formally published in any journal of not

            Were you were a big fan of the 75 years requested by Pfizer & FDA before release of the disastrous EUA paperwork.

            So you read the study I guided? Love to hear your in depth criticism

            When you drive out any dissenting voices, you tend to get mono-thought culture. Just look what happened to the CO2 scam.

            LOL slow joe just burned up at minimum 6000 miles of AF1 jet fuel, not even counting all the associated planes for such a trip) simply to to virtue signal his lastest ” climate” EO. As night time temperatures plunge across the US. As Antartica hits record cols. As the great Northern Ice sheets continue growing…

            so many scams ( all linked) so little time to stitch.

          • Yeah, sorry if the words are too big, Princess;

            No one with any sense gives a damn about your disjointed rants, your unsubstantiated “facts”, or your faux superiority. It only works with your fellow brain-dead Patriot Warrior Heroes, telling each other how you’re the baddest hombres at Chik Fil A.

          • Enjoy Durham. like the song said
            Waking up is hard to do.

            Sorry if my interests and info traipsed all over YOUR supposed superiority, dont be so overwrought, its sincerely not my intention to hurt your feewings, just here to contribute the timely stitch.

          • Durham? What?

            For cryin’ out loud, I wish you’d publish the lexicon for your little Confederacy of Dunces, because it’s tough to follow all the things you think are supposed to have some kind of meaning, not realizing that they’re only relevant amongst your own kind.

            “…and then I said, ‘Enjoy Durham’ ! Hurr Durr!”
            “ooh, Good one, Stich!”
            “totally destroyed ’em!”
            “Anyone want to watch that Tucker Carlson ‘Manhood’ video again?”
            “Oh, yeah!”

  8. BioNTech says in its annual report filed with the SEC
    that the efficacy of its current mRNA Corona vaccine may not be sufficient for permanent regulatory approval.

  9. Pfizer decided they would rather lose 1.38 BILLION vaccine customers in India than submit to a simple safety study…

  10. Kamala Harris has tested positive for COVID.
    She is double vaccinated and boosted twice.
    thanks be she’s 4 times vaxd or who knows how bad her omicron sniffles would be. Sending Hoep & payers so her immune system is robust.

    in other news J Biden had $5.2million in unexplained income – as emails show he paid Hunter’s legal bills for one megabucks Chinese deal and was tapped as ‘big guy’ to get a 10% cut in another.

  11. In Gwinnett County on 10/11/20, 270 people went to a single drop box, but 1,962 ballots were recorded as deposited

    Ballots were picked up in two black duffle bags at the end of the day and handed off to an unknown person

    This is how Third World countries operate

      • Anne…..you really need to cull the stupid from your blog. It’s your blog. These clowns are ruining any chance normal people of having semi-intelligent conversations. My God, they cannot even spell properly!

        • I’m more annoyed by the disjointed, nonsensical ramblings and blatant falsehoods. I mean, this is Mesa County; spelling has always been iffy around here.

      • ok. I cant do all the Heavy Lifting around here !
        so, is it true ?

        elsewhere;
        “The Georgia Elections Board has approved a subpoena to secure evidence and testimony in an ongoing investigation into whether third-party liberal activists illegally gathered thousands of absentee ballots in the 2020 general election and a subsequent runoff that determined Democrat control of the U.S. Senate.”

        Their hand was forced with the coming of ” 2000 Mules” exposing a massive ballot box operation accounting for 400,000 votes in key swing districts. So forgive me if I wonder when a citizens group had to do the GBI’s job.

        • Golly, you sure did leave out a LOT, didn’t you? The subpoenas are for your “citizens group” to put up evidence to support their BS claims.

          “Subpoenas seek evidence of Georgia ballot collection”
          Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 04/27/2022

          “The State Election Board has issued subpoenas to find out whether there’s substance behind accusations of a ballot collection scheme in the 2020 election in Georgia.

          The subpoenas, sent Thursday, seek evidence of allegations that unnamed organizations paid unnamed individuals $10 per absentee ballot delivered to drop boxes across metro Atlanta.

          The practice of collecting multiple absentee ballots, sometimes called ballot harvesting, is illegal in Georgia, with exceptions for family members and caregivers. Ballot harvesting, if it occurred, wouldn’t invalidate legitimate ballots turned in by unauthorized individuals.

          The subpoenas followed a Nov. 30 complaint by True the Vote, a conservative election organization, which didn’t provide details supporting its allegations. The State Election Board voted last month to issue the subpoenas.

          “They need to provide us the names of those people that they say harvested the ballots. We’re going to find out who they are and where they live, were they paid, and how much were they paid,” Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said Saturday during a debate in Ellijay.

          >>>>>>>The subpoenas compel True the Vote to turn over documents, recordings and names allegedly connected to ballot harvesting. The subpoenas also require depositions of True the Vote founder Catherine Englebrecht and her colleague Gregg Phillips.<<<<<<

          The True the Vote complaint repeated several allegations that the GBI previously reviewed in the fall before declining to open an investigation. The organization said it tracked cellphone signals to show illegal ballot collection at ballot drop boxes.

          GBI Director Vic Reynolds said in September that “an investigation is not justified” because there was no other evidence tying cellphone signals to ballot harvesting.

          The subpoenas will provide information to investigators in the secretary of state’s office. When they finish the investigation, they’ll present findings to the State Election Board, which has the power to levy fines or refer cases to prosecutors."

          • True; half-truths and “bombshell” misleading claims based on deliberately ignoring relevant information is about all the Tina/Trump/QAnon/Oaf Keeper/USEIPEIEIO “patriots” have got to go on.

            Well, that, and their desperate, juvenile fantasies that “It’s coming….any day now…nothing can stop it”, although, of course, they can’t say what “it” is, because that would take the courage of their convictions. They like to pretend people are actually afraid of their comical daydreams; I mean, they couldn’t get the job done on 1/6, how are they supposed to face any real resistance?

            Tina is going to jail.
            Trump lost.
            No one is coming to save them from reality.
            No one.

          • Remember kids: it’s not a ‘conspiracy theory’ if they leave thousands of documents in their wake showing exactly what they did that they then tried to hide from a Special Counsel and his federal grand jury by dishonestly invoking attorney/client privilege!

            You can’t say it’s attorney-client privilege, and then sneakily have it sent out to six different media outlets because you want that story, that narrative … out in the mainstream media.

            The defense strategy for ex-Clinton lawyer Michael Sussmann is backfiring

            Mook and Podesta just signed their perjury confessions , er, Sussman documents. I know its bizarre but what else can they do?

          • Another pivot, huh? No response (as usual) to another slam-dunk from Tina’s Patriots being proven to be worthless?

            Okay, what desperate theory are you crowing about now? It’s difficult to keep track, since as soon as we expose one as complete garbage, you respond with, “Oh, Yeah? Well, what about this (new pile of complete garbage)?”

            It’d be comical, if it weren’t so pathetic.

  12. crikey! Moderna recalls thousands of COVID vaccine doses in Europe
    Moderna Inc said on Friday it was recalling 764,900 doses of its COVID-19 vaccine made by its contract manufacturer Rovi after a vial was found contaminated by a foreign body.

    • Oh, no! Joe’s brother? Well, now you’ve got him for sure!
      Seriously.
      Any day now.
      Just you wait.

      • I think I’ll just leave it right there for the good people of Mesa to mull over.
        Looks like they finally broke you

        • Nah, I’m alright. It’s not like I’m desperately grasping at the straws of another totally-provable-this-is-gonna-take-Brandon-down “scandal”….again.

      • If you remember nothing else about the name Heidi Planck, just remember that her boss was Hunter’s business partner.

          • Yeah, about that whole Seth Rich thing:
            ———————
            New York
            CNN Business

            A businessman and a fringe internet activist who each played key roles in the conspiracy theory about Seth Rich, the slain Democratic National Committee staffer whose death was used by right-wing activists as a vehicle to help exonerate Russia from its 2016 election meddling, retracted and apologized for their statements this week.

            “I take full responsibility for my comments and I apologize for any pain I have caused,” the businessman, Ed Butowsky, said in a statement retracting his previous comments. “I sincerely hope the Rich family is able to find out who murdered their son and bring this tragic chapter in their lives to a close.”

            “Today we retract and disavow our statements and we offer our apology to Mr. Rich and his family,” said the fringe internet activist, Matt Couch, in a separate video posted online. “I take full responsibility for my actions … and would like to apologize to Mr. Rich and his family.”

            The retractions came as part of a settlement Aaron Rich, Seth Rich’s brother, reached with Butowsky and Couch over a lawsuit he filed against them in March 2018. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed. The Washington Times, a conservative news outlet that was also sued, also retracted its claims and settled with Aaron Rich in October 2018.

            ————————–

            Again…facts just aren’t your friends, are they?

          • oh gee wow a fall guy was found/hired . never heard of that one.
            Sure beats simply admitting the dnc hired a hit. Or a shake down gone awry , but you KNOW how hard it is to hire good help these days.

            NOW if only the FIB could find that darn Hunted Buyden drive & register it as evidence, but those darn digital things are so hard to keep track of!

          • Yes, it’s all a grand, byzantine conspiracy, and everyone is in on it. The FBI, the CIA, the Freemasons, your neighbor’s dog (I mean, he’s black, after all…so, there ya go), absolutely everyone who’s -not- kneeling before Trump is somehow in on it.

            The longer this all goes on without Trump somehow magically taking back the Oval Office that he befouled with the stench of corruption, fake tanning cream, and stale hamberders, the more desperately you fools cling to your fantasies.

            Keep sending Tina money, that’ll make it happen.

          • its only a grand conspiracy to those sated with The Narrative.
            By the way , Durhams investigation scope reaches into the DNC hack. Crowdstrike never found an actual trace of ruskies. The FIB was happy to “investigate” by proxy.
            And Joffe( of hilLIARy’ Alfa Bank hit job fame) worked on it too.
            We know the original ~70G of hacked data was transferred too quickly to have been a remote job. Came down to a thumb drive and a piztoff Bernie guy.

  13. Used to be fun to read the “troll literature” at the end of each TP- and COVID-related article, but the humorous quality of the responses has dropped waaay off. Seriously, guys. You need to work on your responses.

    • AGREED. Has anyone heard a good kamala lately ?
      I mean a real knee-scraper. or chin-slapper

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