As new virus cases across the United States continue to rise, President Donald Trump and his allies continue to claim that the death and hospitalization rates are steadily low, not acknowledging the lag between diagnosis and death.
On Tuesday, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data on hospitalizations and intensive care units mysteriously disappeared from the center's website.
CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield said that the data would now be going through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) instead of the CDC, sparking concerns that the White House was taking steps to reduce the availability of virus data.
While most major media outlets were covering this change, conservative network Fox News was covering something quite different.
CNN: Trump covering up COVID19 deaths NBC: Trump covering up COVID19 deaths ABC: Trump covering up COVID19 deaths F… https://t.co/Hh8khiN8dp— Zack Bornstein (@Zack Bornstein)1594940262.0
The network was covering rumors that Taco Bell would be removing beloved menu items like the seven layer burrito and quesaritos.
Reddit was their source.
As delicious as these menu items may be, people were concerned that the network was using the development to distract from the much more unsavory news coming out of the CDC.
There’s so much to unpack here, but I’d like to start with the fact that this is the news(?) that Fox is covering d… https://t.co/kCalK0NHVf— Lance Scott (@Lance Scott)1594907136.0
@ZackBornstein Nothing but hard-hitting news from the most-watched cable news network in the country.— Steven Slivka (@Steven Slivka)1594941427.0
@ZackBornstein This is why I keep begging my parents to listen to news outside of Fox. It’s an echo chamber that ig… https://t.co/mIsx1vTkmb— Emily Faye 💜🦇🖤 (@Emily Faye 💜🦇🖤)1594947181.0
@ZackBornstein Fox: covering up COVID 19 deaths— anonymous 3010 (@anonymous 3010)1594941109.0
@ZackBornstein Fox News is so full of BS--no coverage re: COVID-19, lots of coverage whining about Democrat cities… https://t.co/smyCjAIKJV— Gregory Pearsoll (@Gregory Pearsoll)1594940538.0
Then again, people were concerned that the tasty items might be on the slab.
@ZackBornstein I know I shouldn’t care but I love their potato burritos I don’t want them gone 😭— 🐺🏳️🌈D🏳️🌈🐺 (@🐺🏳️🌈D🏳️🌈🐺)1594944912.0
@ZackBornstein @tyleroakley NOT THE NACHOS— sandy (@sandy)1594940773.0
@ZackBornstein @clur19 QUESARITOS CANNOT GO— HANNA 💋 (@HANNA 💋)1594948288.0
These Reddit rumored removals have yet to be confirmed by Taco Bell or their parent corporation Yum! Brands.