American Thinker: One of the most challenging things about COVID-19 is unpacking misinformation. From China’s lies about the disease’s origin, contagiousness, and mortality rate, to the confusion arising from the different ways in which different countries attribute (or don’t attribute) deaths to coronavirus, it’s been difficult to know precisely how big a challenge America is facing. But what happens when it’s Americans who are lying about the data?
This story begin on April 1, when Gov. Lamont sent out a tweet explicitly stating that a Connecticut infant died from “complications relating to COVID-19″:
It is with heartbreaking sadness today that we can confirm the first pediatric fatality in Connecticut linked to #COVID19. A 6-week-old newborn from the Hartford area was brought unresponsive to a hospital late last week and could not be revived. (1/3)
By Friday, though, Candace Owens had some very different information to report. Based on conversations with people who had first-hand knowledge, she contended that Governor Lamont had deliberately lied about the infant’s death.
In a video, Owens, a Connecticut native, explained that she first realized Lamont was lying because of the weasel words “linked to” COVID-19. Lamont is facing a serious shortage of funds in his state, making it important for him to receive federal dollars. Owens stated, without giving away details, that the infant died in a tragic accident at home that “had nothing to do with COVID-19.” more