Chalk up another one for how differently the media treats comments by Joe Biden versus comments by President Donald Trump.
Joe Biden was visiting a cancer hospital in Ohio this week and he made a comment that got many on social media talking.
“Dogs may help cure cancer. It’s not a joke,” he said while he was there.
President Biden: "Dogs may help cure cancer. Not a joke." pic.twitter.com/fCx50Ehwn5
— The Hill (@thehill) March 23, 2021
Now, that started a debate because while it’s certainly true that dogs can apparently smell the odors given off when you have some cancers, diagnosis is not the same thing as a cure. If you wanted to stretch it a bit you could perhaps argue that that particular knowledge about the smells might give you a further understanding of the cancer and/or that early detection is helpful toward treatment. But obviously that’s a bit of a stretch and it’s not really the dogs behind the science.
But on the general scale of the weird or unhinged things that Biden has said, this probably was less unhinged than some of the things he’s said and done.
Of course, some like TMZ, while they pooh poohed Biden’s claim about “curing” they didn’t treat him the way they had Trump. Indeed they even used the opportunity to attack Trump again.
Biden’s statement immediately raised a lot of eyebrows around the country, because even if ya love dogs — CURING cancer??? Watch the clip, because the President did say something 100% factual … which is that dogs can smell cancer, and some have been trained to give patients and/or doctors a heads-up. [….]
But, that’s really detection, stretching it out to curing cancer … seems far-fetched. Sorry, Fido.
Biden’s remark harkens us back to a time last summer when another POTUS suggested ingesting bleach would be a great way to combat the coronavirus. He’s always claimed he was joking, but c’mon … we all saw the news conference.
No, Trump never suggested injecting or ingesting bleach, but that’s one of the many false claims that continues to hang out there. Notice how convinced they are he said it “we all saw the news conference.” Well, no, apparently you didn’t. Or at least you didn’t understand it.
Trump’s comment was actually a very intelligent one, that indicated an awareness of the cutting edge science evolving at the time on the subject. He was talking about the effectiveness of light and disinfectant and if “something like that” (with that effectiveness) might be helpful.
“A question that probably some of you are thinking of if you’re totally into that world, which I find to be very interesting. So, supposedly we hit the body with a tremendous, whether it’s ultraviolet or just very powerful light, and I think you said that hasn’t been checked, but you’re going to test it. And then I said supposing you brought the light inside the body, which you can do either through the skin or in some other way. (To William Bryan, undersecretary for science and technology at the Department of Homeland Security) And I think you said you’re going to test that, too. Sounds interesting, right?”
“And then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in one minute. And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning, because you see it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it’d be interesting to check that, so that you’re going to have to use medical doctors with, but it sounds interesting to me. So, we’ll see, but the whole concept of the light, the way it kills it in one minute. That’s pretty powerful.”
In fact, scientists had been working on the concept on ways of bringing ultraviolet light into the body and indeed ultraviolet light was being used as an effective “disinfectant” of killing the virus to sanitize in businesses. So Trump’s comment, when not distorted out of all reality, made a lot of sense. But media didn’t bother with the actual reality when they thought they had the golden opportunity to attack.
Just another example of the way media treats the two differently. Had this been Trump who talking about dogs helping cure cancer, it would be leading the news on CNN, with the analysis as to how silly such a comment was.