Doctor fired, web site taken down after viral video on hydroxychloroquine

by WorldTribune Staff, August 23, 2020

Dr. Simone Gold, a board certified emergency physician, lost her job after appearing in a viral video featuring America’s Frontline Doctors which outlined the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus treatment. After the video was banned by the leftist cancel culture mob, the group’s website was taken down by its host Squarespace.

Gold, who has worked in Emergency Rooms across Los Angeles treating covid patients since the pandemic outbreak, said in a recent interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson that scientists have “utterly irrefutable” research that says “hydroxychloroquine is safe.”

Dr. Simone Gold appeared in the America’s Frontline Doctors viral video.

Carlson began the segment saying: “Well, America’s tech oligarchs as we reported the other night censored a video of physicians expressing their views about treatment for the coronavirus. Some of those views were optimistic that would hurt the Joe Biden for president campaign. And so they pulled it off the internet and banned anyone from sharing it. That’s the state of free speech in America.”

Carlson showed a clip from the censored video, saying: “We’re allowed to share it here because we don’t work for Google or Facebook.”

In the video, members of the group America’s Frontline Doctors laud the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine: “This is a treatment regimen that’s very simple, and it should be in the hands of the American people. The difficult aspect of this is that at the moment because of politics, it’s being blocked from doctors prescribing it, and it’s being blocked from pharmacists releasing it. They’ve been empowered to overrule the doctor’s opinion.

“I’m in favor of it being over the counter. Give it to the people.”

Carlson notes: Dr. Simone Gold was in that video, the banned one. She was censored, but more than that, she was fired from her job, apparently, for appearing in that video. We’re going to get the story directly from her because she joins us now. Doctor, thanks so much for coming on. Can it be true that you lost your job for expressing your medical opinions on camera?

Gold: Yes, thank you so much. I’m a board-certified emergency physician for 20 years. In fact, until it seems like five minutes ago, I was considered a hero and people would be clapping and glad that I was doing what I was doing. And then the video came out and I was summarily fired for appearing in what was told to me is an embarrassing video. So that’s what happened.

Related: Hydroxychloroquine track record: Politicians lied and patients died, July 16, 2020

Carlson: Leaving aside the legal question of whether an employer is just allowed to fire someone for appearing in a video that might hurt the Biden campaign, I’m interested in what their justification was. You’re a doctor treating patients in an emergency room. What does a video have to do with your work?

Gold: Yes, of course, it has nothing to do with my work. I’m very well liked, well regarded. Thankfully, I’ve got a wonderful reputation with the patients, with my staff, with my colleagues and actually, I enjoy what I do.

But you know, we came to Washington because we’re so distressed. You know, frontline doctors like myself, we’re seeing patients not get what they need. We’re seeing the doctor-patient relationship being completely eroded that the governors are empowering pharmacies to overrule doctors who had conversations with their patients. It’s really something that Americans should be alarmed about.

And as you probably know, I did not know things were going to go viral. Of course, I was told later that we were the most viral video of all time. Apparently, there was 18 million views on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, wherever it is, and they all kind of summarily pulled all of it. It was just all taken off. My own website was taken down, and it’s been interesting ever since.

Carlson: And we should say for our viewers who haven’t seen it, and presumably our viewers can’t see it because the tech companies have censored it, but it wasn’t an hour-long video on hydroxychloroquine. There are many parts to it, including what you just said that were interesting that were clearly true.

Shouldn’t you as a practicing physician with a medical degree be allowed to express your views on science as you practice it without being censored?

Gold: You know, what’s funny is the video that got the most attention was a press conference we did right in front of the Supreme Court, but actually the Summit was seven hours of doctors teaching the American people. We decided to come straight to the American people with lots of social media, so we did a morning session for three and a half hours and an afternoon session for three and a half hours.

I’m not sure you even knew that and we went through everything with the lockdown, masks, hydroxychloroquine treatment, other treatments, just all of it. How it affects older people, younger people, et cetera. That was actually the majority of the Summit.

And yes, people will be able to find it on — I had to rebuild my website really quickly, America’s Frontline Doctors. They took my URL, so it’s got the word Summit now,

Carlson: Yes, I mean, look, I majored in Russian History. I don’t know anything about hydroxychloroquine. I do know about the way the country is supposed to work and physicians should be allowed to explain their experiences, their clinical experiences, treating patients and you’re not allowed to because Joe Biden getting elected is more important, and that’s scary and I’m grateful that you came on tonight, Doctor. I really am.

On July 28, Dr. Gold stated in a tweet “Our website host @Squarespace has just completely and arbitrarily shut down our website, claiming a violation of their terms of service.”

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