This is what passes for journalism at the Enterprise Record – just quote the part of the story you agree with!

5 Sep

Frankly, I don’t read the Enterprise Record these days unless somebody sends me a link. Dave sent me the following excerpt from a recent editorial by Mike Wolcott, along with his questions for Wolcott.

Wolcott wrote, “Imagine a world where hospitals are not only overcrowded with unvaccinated COVID patients, they’re overcrowded with people who are overdosing on invermectin

Hard to imagine, isn’t it?” asked Wolcott.

Dave answers, “You’re right.  It is hard to imagine.  Because it’s not true at all. You cited articles quoting Dr. Jason McElyea.  Regarding McElyea, here’s the rest of the story, as Paul Harvey used to say.” Go get ’em, Dave Baby!

Although Dr. Jason McElyea is not an employee of NHS Sequoyah, he is affiliated with a medical staffing group that provides coverage for our emergency room.

“With that said, Dr. McElyea has not worked at our Sallisaw location in over 2 months.

NHS Sequoyah has not treated any patients due to complications related to taking ivermectin. This includes not treating any patients for ivermectin overdose.

All patients who have visited our emergency room have received medical attention as appropriate. Our hospital has not had to turn away any patients seeking emergency care.”

Finally, Dave asked Wolcott, “Will you be printing a correction?  If not, would you please tell me why?  Thank you.”

I will be surprised if Dave gets any response, least of all a correction. I’ll add, Wolcott used two questionable sources, one of which is locked unless you have a subscription. The second is a media group owned by Wall Street investors, one of the founders and biggest donors to the group having been Jeff Bezos of That is questionable to me, I think these people are more interested in manipulating public opinion than in journalism.

And yes, it looks like Wolcott only quoted the part of the articles that he liked, leaving out the rest of the conversation. That is a new low for a guy who has run our local newspaper into the ground.

If Dave gets any response from Wolcott I’ll be sure to run it. But I won’t be holding my breath.

4 Responses to “This is what passes for journalism at the Enterprise Record – just quote the part of the story you agree with!”

  1. Dave September 5, 2021 at 12:02 pm #

    Regarding the Ivermectin overdosing claim Mike Wolcott did reply. He sent me this:

    You’re right. He hasn’t worked in that location for two months.
    But he never says that was the location that was overcrowded.
    That particular hospital came out and said “we haven’t seen any cases and he hasn’t worked here for two months.”
    His group staffs several hospitals.

    I responded with this:

    Mike, why is McElyea the only one claiming that hospitals are “overcrowded with people who are overdosing on Ivermectin”? If this is true certainly you could easily find independent verification.
    And what hospitals are having all those Ivermectim overdoses? Why are no hospitals coming forward with this information?

    Where is the fact checking? I can find no verification of McElyea’s claim. Can you? If you can, show it to me and your readers. You can bet if it is true we would know by now the names of one or more hospitals and there would be doctors and nurses backing up McEalyea’s claim. (McElyea made the claim days ago.)

    Are you not going to issue a correction? If you are going to let this stand how can anyone ever again believe anything that is published in the ER?

    • Dave September 5, 2021 at 2:28 pm #

      And here is Mike Wolcott’s reply:

      If we determine it was wrong, we will run a correction.
      For what it’s worth I know of three people who have ended up in the E-R on it’s not like it’s impossible. It happens.

      And here is my reply with some additional information I found:

      Mike, no one is coming forward to verify McElyea’s claim and now there is evidence the claim is not true.

      ‘According to Scott Schaeffer, managing director of the Oklahoma Center for Poison and Drug Information, “Since the beginning of May, we’ve received reports of 11 people being exposed to ivermectin,” he told the NY Daily News (which still pushed the ‘ivermectin overdoses’ story despite this fact).’

      And if you don’t believe Zero Hedge here’s another source:

      “According to the center, they have had reports of 11 people being exposed to it since May.”

      If McElyea’s claim was true other healthcare providers would have verified it by now. Instead there is information contradicting his claim from the Oklahoma Center for Poison and Drug Information which is funded by the state of Oklahoma.

      Face it, Mike, this story is horse hockey as Colonel Sherman T. Potter used to say. You need to publish a correction.

      • Juanita Sumner September 7, 2021 at 6:37 am #

        Thanks Dave, I think you’re more of a journalist than Mike Wolcott.

  2. Dave September 5, 2021 at 12:05 pm #

    And here is something Glenn Greenwald wrote. And he is not exactly a right winger. I agree with what he says on this topic.

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