The Worst Charlatans of the Covid-19 Pandemic

During the pandemic, some took advantage of the situation to peddle misinformation and exploit a broken system.


Gizmodo: For some people, crisis is an opportunity. More specifically, an opportunity to blow up their own profile by preying on people’s fears, making baseless claims, grabbing resources intended for others, and being generally dishonest, disingenuous, or greedy.

A comprehensive list of those matching this archetype over the grueling months of the covid-19 pandemic would be far too large to relay in full. But it would include a former president, medical professionals spreading exaggerated or simply fabricated claims about how best to fight the virus, amateur statisticians claiming their analyses proved the virus wasn’t dangerous, fraudsters, far-right activists looking to convert influence into money, and wealthy businesses that filled their coffers.

So we sliced and diced that list down to a palatable sample size of seven. We’ve excluded Donald Trump out of fairness to the other contenders. Here’s what they’ve been up to since everything went to shit in early 2020.

So we sliced and diced that list down to a palatable sample size of seven. We’ve excluded Donald Trump out of fairness to the other contenders. Here’s what they’ve been up to since everything went to shit in early 2020.

Tom covers tech, politics, online extremism, and oddities for Gizmodo. His work has appeared on Mic, Yahoo News, AOL, HuffPo, Business Insider, Snoop Dogg’s Merry Jane, Wonkette and The Daily Banter.   read at:


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  1. Well, Dr. Leana Wen, a ‘medical contributor’ for CNN, certainly will not tolerate any “disinfo” nonsense! “It needs to be hard for people to remain unvaccinated. Right now it’s kind of the opposite. It’s fine, it’s easy if you’re unvaccinated; you can do everything you want to do anyway.” And We can’t have that you peasants! You Will Do As You Are Told! So…
    “… at some point these mandates by workplaces, by schools, I think it will be important to say ‘hey, you can opt out, but if you wanna opt out, you gotta sign these forms, you have to get twice-weekly testing.”

    Merton College, Oxford in England taught her well. After all she was a Rhodes Scholar. Blessed to lead.
    Head of Planned Parent Federation of America.
    Became involved in U.S. and international health policy during medical school, serving in Geneva, Switzerland as a fellow for the World Health Organization and in Rwanda as a fellow for the U.S. Department of Defense.
    Advised the U.S. Congress on physician workforce and medical education through her appointment on the Council on Graduate Medical Education by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.

    Not bad for a poor girl from Shanghai.

    Ad nauseam…

  2. The clickbait format with the pop-up advertising is a bit annoying. Finding truth regarding the Plandemic is difficult, to say the least. Take a position and if you are correct then you can bury those that chose wrong. I wouldn’t mind a trip to Elbert County to spray paint my own message on those damn guidestones. We need to start holding some feet to the fire and find out who did this. Homeland Security, FBI, Department of Justice, anyone? Just kidding, we all know nothing will happen except there will be new lies for the last half Billion to live with, or should I say, live under. Sigh.

  3. The same propagandists who are leading the world straight to hell wrote these lies. Quoting Gizmodo? Oh, what a scream. We might as well quote Pravda to bolster the bullshit.

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