How Supervisor Desmond Has Amplified False Coronavirus Misinformation
San Diego County is now off California's COVID-19 monitoring list and awaiting guidelines from the state on when businesses may be able to reopen.
But since the start of the pandemic, one county supervisor has been outspoken in support of reopening the local economy.
Supervisor Jim Desmond, who represents a large part of North County, has questioned the county's COVID-19 restrictions. On his podcast, he's invited controversial guests who have made false statements about the coronavirus without being challenged. Some of the episodes have received more than 100,000 views.
A new story published by Voice of San Diego calls Desmond the "most high-profile skeptic of the coronavirus to hold local office." Katy Stegall, a freelance journalist who wrote the story for VOSD, joined Midday Edition on Tuesday to discuss her reporting.