“Communist News Network” shirt in CNN interview

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LAKE HAVASU, AZ – In a segment on Arizona’s controversial face mask orders, Against All Enemies Armory owner Patrick Baughman appeared on-camera wearing a mock CNN t-shirt – with a hammer and sickle communist symbol substituted for the letter “C.”

This, of course, lends to the notion that CNN stands for Communist News Network.

Baughman did not acknowledge his shirt during the exchange.

Despite the death toll being reported as over 150,000 people, Baughman is no fan of masks.

He said:

“We make any member, or any customer that’s walking through our doors remove their face mask. Again, that’s our pride.”

Reporter Miguel Marquez clarified the question, saying:

“So you make people remove the mask when they come in?”

Baughman replied:

“Absolutely. You do not shop my store with a mask on, period.”

Marquez told Baughman:

“But 150,000 people are dead! Over 150,000.”

Baughman explained he also disagrees with the coronavirus numbers being reported by health authorities:

“I definitely, definitely, don’t agree with that number that you just threw out there. I think there is… There are so many cases of fraudulent claims as far as how they’re reporting numbers.”

After the segment, CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota commented on Baughman’s shirt, claiming it sent a mixed message.

Camerota said with a chuckle:

“I couldn’t help but notice the t-shirt that Patrick was wearing, I guess for the very occasion of being interviewed on CNN. He–it was a mixed message, is all I can say.”

The message wasn’t mixed at all. She just didn’t like what it said.

Marquez responded that he actually liked the shirt:

“Yeah. He came out there in the Communist News Network t-shirt. We’ve heard that quite a bit out here in Arizona. And it was impressive. It was good colors, great shirt. I actually kind of thought it was cool.”

Twice, CNN referred to the Lake Havasu area as “ultra conservative.”

Newsbusters.org pointed out:

“Wonder when the last time was that CNN called some deep-blue area ‘ultra-liberal?’”

The original focus of the interview was a nearby couple in Lake Havasu City who had changed their stance on the recommended COVID safety measures after having contracted the virus themselves. 

According to Johns Hopkins University, Arizona has seen more than 178,000 coronavirus cases with more than 3,700 hundred of those people having died as a result.

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Here’s more on false positives for COVID-19 testing brought to you recently by Law Enforcement Today.

On Monday, July 20th, the Department of Public Health announced that a “flaw” in a coronavirus testing system has led to a least 90 false positive COVID-19 tests.

According to the Department of Public Health (DPH), in a one-month period, specifically from June 15th to July 17th, 144 people were given positive results after their specimens were ran through a system manufactured by Thermo Fisher Scientific of Waltham, Massachusetts.

According to the Hartford Courant, the acting DPH commissioner, Dr. Diedre Gifford said that nearly all of the affected tests were taken from nursing homes or assisted living facilities. All patients who were given false positives have been notified of the error by the DPH.

Dr. Gifford said in a statement:

“This error is going to apply to a minority of tests in the state. Anybody who’s received a positive test, they should absolutely assume that the positive result is correct until such a time they are informed by their provider of a change.”

Dr. Gifford went on to say that only a small percentage of the state’s tests would have ran through the Thermo Fisher system, which the state began using on June 15th. Due to those two facts, Dr. Gifford said that it is important for patients who have tested positive for coronavirus to still assume that they do in fact have the virus.

According to reports, the Thermo Fisher system’s error was initially discovered when public health lab director, Dr. Jafar Razeq and his team were working to validate pool testing. Pool testing is the process of testing a large number of specimens at one time and in order to validate that process, the team had to use specimens that were already known to be positive.

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However, this validation process requires the team to determine the strength or weakness of the positive specimens, and unfortunately that information is not readily available from the Thermo Fisher system. 

In order to get the information Razeq and his team needed, they had to go into the raw data and pull from there, that is when they discovered that some of the test results were not actually positive.

Razeq said in a statement:

“When we started looking at the background information on these specimens, we realized that these specimens should have not been reported as positives. That was alarming.”

Shortly after their discovery, the team pulled all of the specimens that the Thermo Fisher system had labeled as “positive” because they were concerned about the possibility of more false positives. Between June 15th and July 17th, more than 2,000 samples had been run through the system and of those, 161 specimens corresponding to 144 patients, came back positive.

Razeq and his team then retested all of the positive samples and found that out of them, only 54 patients marked as “positive” had actually had an identifiable case of coronavirus.

He said in a statement:

“If it had not been for us looking into the pool testing to use some of these previously known positive samples, there were no indications that any of these reported positive results would have been questioned. There was nothing for us to question the results that we had, if it was not for the pool testing.”

According to officials, after this alarming discovery, DPH notified both Thermo Fisher and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). On the same day the DPH sent its notification, the FDA modified the instructions for the Thermo Fisher system and under the new instructions, the system should be more accurate. 

Dr. Gifford said in a media release:

“Accurate and timely testing for the novel coronavirus is one of the pillars supporting effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to the quick action of our team at the state lab, adjustments have already been made to ensure the accuracy of future test results from this platform.”

According to the Connecticut COVID-19 Data Tracker, as of this writing, there have been 48,223 positive cases with 672,386 tests reported. There have been 4,406 deaths. 

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