David Drew Pinsky, better known as Dr. Drew, insists the media needs to be held accountable for causing panic over the coronavirus outbreak.

“What I have a problem with is the panic and the fact that businesses are getting destroyed, that people’s lives are being upended, not by the virus, but by the panic,” Drew said in a CBS interview.

“The panic must stop,” he continued. “And the press, they really somehow need to be held accountable because they are hurting people.”


Drew tried putting the media-generated hysteria in perspective with statistics contrasting coronavirus and a typical heavy flu season. The numbers provide a little levity in a time of ridiculous overreactions.

“A bad flu season is 80,000 dead, we’ve got about 18,000 dead from influenza this year, we have a hundred from corona,” the media personality explained. “Which should you be worried about, influenza or Corona? A hundred versus 18,000? It’s not a trick question.”

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Drew proceeded to explain that some good is coming from the public’s hyperawareness – such as cleaning of subway systems, people getting their flu shots, and mass usage of Clorox wipes and hand sanitizer.

“That’s a good thing, so I have no problem with the behaviors,” he added.

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Media Irresponsibility

Dr. Drew has repeatedly hammered the media for their irresponsible coverage of the coronavirus outbreak.

Last week, in an interview on “Fox & Friends”, he accused the mainstream media of making “every effort to fan the flames of panic.”

“Look, the WHO has said there’s about a three percent fatality rate on this virus and every time they say that they always qualify it and say we expect it to drop a lot once we understand the full extent of the virus,” he explained.

Added Drew, “You’re much more likely to die of the flu than the coronavirus.”

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Echoing Trump

Dr. Drew’s comments parallel those of President Trump who has insisted the media is disgracefully blowing everything out of proportion. Trump has urged calm amidst a sea of media fearmongering.

“Last year 37,000 Americans died from the common Flu. It averages between 27,000 and 70,000 per year. Nothing is shut down, life [and] the economy go on,” the President tweeted. “At this moment there are 546 confirmed cases of CoronaVirus, with 22 deaths. Think about that!”

Proving Drew’s point, CNN, a virulently anti-Trump news organization, has begun calling the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, something the World Health Organization hasn’t even done.

They want you to panic because they think it will hurt the President’s re-election bid.