Dr. Drew Pinsky Gets YouTube Video of His Claims Downplaying Coronavirus Threat Taken Down

Pinsky has apologized for his previous dismissive comments

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Pinsky used copyright claims to have an unflattering YouTube video taken down.
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By Carl Caminetti / April 6, 2020 10:54 am

Celebrity doctor Drew Pinsky has successfully used copyright claims to remove an unflattering YouTube video compiling dismissive comments he made downplaying the coronavirus pandemic from the platform.

The video, featuring clips from Pinsky’s media appearances in February and early March in which he downplays the severity of the pandemic, went viral after it was shared by Huffpost contributor Yashar Ali, the Wrap reported. Over the weekend, Ali noted that the original video had been taken down, tweeting a screenshot from YouTube stating the video “is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Drew Pinsky Inc.”

On Saturday, Pinsky released a video apologizing for his earlier claims, which included calling the coronavirus pandemic a “press-induced panic” and downplaying COVID-19 by likening the disease to the flu.

“My early comments about equating coronavirus with influenza were wrong. They were incorrect. I was part of a chorus that was saying that. And we were wrong. And I want to apologize for that,” he said in the video.

“I did not, thank goodness, get Dr. [Anthony] Fauci wrong, and when he made it clear that this was not a usual influenza, that it was significantly worse, I adjusted course,” he added. “And if you notice, I’ve been doing about two hours of media today backing, changing my perspective in such a way to sign on for the aggressive measures we are taking.”

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