Welcome to one of the internet’s weirdest obsessions. Back in December of 2020, a nurse named Tiffany Dover fainted on camera while she was talking to reporters after getting her first COVID shot. She got right back up and gave another interview, but it was too late. A conspiracy theory was already racing around the world: Dover had died. She’d been replaced by a body double. And an ever-expanding list of conspirators was in on the cover-up, including the drug companies, the hospital, the media, and maybe even the Pope. Tiffany Dover is alive and well, but she’s stayed silent through it all. And now her story has been hijacked by total strangers trying to make people doubt the safety of the COVID vaccine. In this first season of Truthers, a podcast project about misinformation and conspiracy theories, NBC News reporter Brandy Zadrozny sets out to show what’s true and what isn’t—and how one person’s life became a weapon in a global information war.
Brandy Zadrozny explains how an early COVID vaccine conspiracy theory began; the story goes that nurse Tiffany Dover had died on camera after receiving the shot.
Where is Tiffany Dover after the COVID vaccine? Brandy tries to find the nurse, while uncovering how this conspiracy theory has spun out of control.
Who Does That?
When COVID misinformation spreads, Tiffany Dover isn’t the only victim. In this episode, Brandy tracks down a blogger who spreads falsehoods about COVID vaccination to discover why.
Some of the people who spread disinformation about Tiffany Dover have been sowing doubt in vaccines for years. And at a march in D.C. their audience sounds convinced.
Tiffany Dover Is Alive
Knocking on doors in Alabama yields the best result so far, and armed with new evidence, Brandy makes her case to a hard-core Tiffany truther.
Introducing Tiffany Dover Is Dead*
Truthers, a new NBC News podcast series, explores how misinformation spreads, starting with a claim nurse Tiffany Dover died after receiving the first COVID vaccine.
I’m not against vaccines but gosh is this super biased. I can’t respect a biased podcast that is only critical toward one side.
I’m not political at all but I personally know people who were negatively affected by vaccines. And I don’t think it’s stupid or outlandish to question a situation like this.
Investigation turned up empty
Notice how reporter Brandy used a cartoon image of Nurse Dover, instead of an actual photo. The reason: all this NBC time, money and hand-wringing over dangerous “conspiracy theorists”…but Brandy failed to see or speak to Tiffany Dover. Typical. We were able to get an interview with Bin Laden instead the Pakistani wilderness, but not one with Tiffany.