In case you missed the stupidest story in journalism last night:

I’m totally serious. Here’s the story:

An Arizona man has died after ingesting chloroquine phosphate โ€” believing it would protect him from becoming infected with the coronavirus. The man’s wife also ingested the substance and is under critical care.

[…]

The name “chloroquine” resonated with the man’s wife, who asked that her name not be used to protect the family’s privacy. She’d used it previously to treat her koi fish.

โ€œI was in the pantry stacking dog food and I just saw it sitting in the back shelf and thought, โ€˜Hey, isnโ€™t that the stuff theyโ€™re talking about on TV?โ€™ And it was.โ€

The couple โ€” both in their 60s and potentially at higher risk for complications of the virus โ€” decided to mix a small amount of the substance with a liquid and drink it as a way to prevent the coronavirus.

“We were afraid of getting sick,” she said.

There’s more:

โ€œOh my God. Don’t take anything. Donโ€™t believe anything. Donโ€™t believe anything that the President says and his people because they donโ€™t know what theyโ€™re talking about. And don’t take anythingโ€”be so careful and call your doctor. This is a heartache I’ll never get over.โ€

NBC and Forbes took this as a cudgel to Trump and Trump voters. The easier and more responsible way of covering it would have been to use it as a warning sign of whatย not to do. Petty political grudges can’t be placed aside during a pandemic, it seems.

Bonus: Uh oh