Wayne Allyn Root, the Libertarian Party’s 2008 Vice presidential nominee, lost his column with the Las Vegas Review-Journal after promoting a silver-based product he claimed would kill coronavirus.
During his March 11 show on Newsmax TV, Root remarked “You fear coronavirus, here’s a very important message now” before a commercial ran for MyDoctorSuggests.com, which advertised an alkaline-structured silver product, claimed to kill viruses. Root has previously said he is addicted to the product and drinks it “all day long like I’m an alcoholic drinking booze.” Recently, he tweeted if he ever contacts coronavirus, he will take “massive doses of alkaline structured silver.”
Las Vegas Review-Journal CEO Keith Moyer told Media Matters yesterday, “Increasingly, Mr. Root’s advertising, marketing and other media interests had begun to broadly diverge from the journalistic standards and intentions of the Review-Journal. That compelled us to end our relationship with him. We wish him well.”
Additionally, the office of the New York Attorney general sent a letter advising Root “to immediately cease and desist from making misleading claims as they violate New York’s consumer protection statutes … which prohibit fraudulent and deceptive business practices and false advertising.”
Root has not responded to the news via Twitter. In the past, he has used the platform to thank Media Matters for providing free coverage.
Thanks to Steven R Linnabary for linking to the story on the Open Thread.