Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Is Mackenzie Bennet Truthful?

 Is medical student Mackenzie Bennett telling the truth?  This was her Twitter message in 3 parts. 

“Having a difficult time putting into words the feeling I had when I left the hospital after doing chest compressions on a coding young person who lost their fight with COVID, to see a normal packed Friday night at bars and restaurants...

I am just starting my medical training, but this I know- it takes a village. Enormous gratitude to every single EMT, doc,PA, nurse, CRNA, PT,OT, RT, AA, SWer, tech, unit clerk, environmental services and maintenance worker out there, putting themselves at risk to care for others

As my friends/family know, I’ve cried a lot lately. Thanks to all of your incredibly kind words and support, tonight they’ve been happy tears. I’m shocked at the outpouring of responses, and grateful to everyone who took the time to engage with this message. 

Wear your masks!💜"

post your thoughts in the comments section. 

Analysis to follow 


Hey Jude said...

I would be interested to know if the patient was still alive when the student left the hospital, and if she therefore only later learned that the patient had died. This because “a coding young person” is present tense, while “I left the hospital” and “ lost their fight” are past tense.

If the young person was alive when the student left, a busy Friday night might not have raised much feeling, thus the difficulty in putting into words feeling, if she is trying, retrospectively to create a feeling she did not have at the time.

I would ask also if the student went into a bar or restuarant, as she places all the hospital staff “out there” putting themselves at risk, to care for others, rather than inside the hospital. It could be something like a child saying, “everyone else was doing it” - they were all out there, the whole village, but not her so much, as she’s their student - the allusion is to herself as their child as the quote is “It takes a village to raise a child.”

The message “Wear your masks!” is added at the end -it’s is not a feeling or difficult to put into words, so it does not seem this can be the message for which readers are thanked for their earlier engagement. Somewhat confusing as it seems the message is missing - along with other parts of this story.

frommindtomatter said...

The first post could finish at the word “COVID” and stand on its own as a statement. The reader would understand it in terms of language. She goes further and uses the high sensitivity word “to” which will seek to justify/explain her words/actions.

“[to] [see] [a normal] packed Friday night at bars and restaurants...”

“to see” is present tense and inappropriate. She avoids saying the expected “and saw” which would be reliable. That fits with storytelling language. She isn’t reporting what she saw, but rather what she needs to be explained (“to”).

Note what she isn’t telling us. We expect her to report what she saw, but she is telling us about “a normal” packed Friday night instead of "the" alleged night in question. Expected would be “and saw packed bars and restaurants” which would put her there with her words. Even better would be if she actually included people in her statement instead of being passive, which adds another flag to the storytelling element.

Her deception is cued from her use of the word “to”. She follows with “see” (out of tense), “a normal” (reporting what is normal instead of what is real) and then shows passivity in her description of the event which all points to fabrication.


Anonymous said...

I have no idea how "it takes a village" (to raise a child) has anything to do with her novice medical training. Is she trying to elicit an emotion?

happyuk said...

O/T but I think Trump was right to get shot of this guy (chief of cybersecurity).
His statement do not fill me with confidence at all:


happyuk said...

Is this an embedded admission?

"And so that pretty thoroughly, in my opinion, debunks some of these sensational claims out there-- that I've called nonsense and a hoax, that there is some hacking of these election vendors and their software and their systems across the country. "


Autumn said...

First paragraph
She doesn’t start the first sentence with “I”. So she doesn’t take ownership of “having a difficult time putting into words”. Nevertheless this phrase may be truthful because nowhere in the first paragraph does she actually tell us what feeling she had exactly. This may be because her feelings had nothing to do with the patient. In other words: it seems she is “trying, retrospectively to create a feeling she did not have at the time” (see Hey Jude’s comment). In any case, the way she describes the patient is rather distant/impersonal: she refers to the patient as a “coding young person” and “their”. So to her the patient didn’t even have a gender. Her focus very much seems to be her own feelings since the emphasis is on what SHE felt when SHE left the hospital after SHE did chest compressions. The focus is not so much the coding “person”.

The sentence about the packed bars and restaurants doesn’t seem to be based on her own experience given that it is in the present tense (“to see”) and also lacks the pronoun “I” (see also Adrian’s comment).

By using words like “coding” and “lost their fight with Covid” she seems to avoid saying the patient died / died from Covid.

She explicitly adds “when I left the hospital”. This is unnecessary information as it goes without saying that she left the hospital between doing chest compressions and seeing packed bars and restaurants”(unless the bars and restaurants were in the hospital). So something of importance may have happened right before she left the hospital.

Second paragraph
The focus on herself continues in the second paragraph. A young person supposedly just died under her hands but she happily goes on to talk about HER career and HER colleagues. The second sentence of this paragraph starts with “Enormous gratitude”. Although it has an ingratiating ring to it, she doesn’t take ownership of this feeling by using the pronoun “I”. Therefore: does she mean that others – we, the public, ordinary people – should have enormous gratitude for HER and HER colleagues “putting themselves at risk to care for others”? Does she want us to view her and her colleagues day-to-day work as heroic?

Third paragraph
She starts this paragraph by saying “As my friends/family know”. She could have just said “I’ve cried a lot lately” (again: it’s all about her). Apparently she feels the need to invoke the knowledge of her friends and family to make her statement more convincing (?). She is “shocked” at the outpouring of responses. Why does she say “shocked” and not (for example) “grateful”? Does she not think her message is worthy of the “kind words and support”?

Fourth paragraph
This paragraph consists of an order: “Wear your masks!” It’s not a suggestion, not a question, but an order. The heart symbol at the end seems intended to make this directive appear somewhat softer. The order comes out of the blue.

All in all, this message is manipulative i.m.o.. As if she wants human beings performing basic human activities – such as: having fun in close proximity to others and unhampered breathing – to feel responsible and guilty for people reportedly dying of Covid and putting her and her colleagues at risk. Her solution is that we all wear a mask. The heart symbol in the end adds to the manipulation.