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Even NPR Admits Florida Is A Success And California A Failure

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We almost fell out of our chair last week listening to an NPR report, which for months had vilified Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for his refusal to lock down the state, while lionizing California Gov. Gavin Newsom for issuing stay-at-home orders.

But Greg Allen, an NPR reporter in Miami, recently reported on DeSantis’ success:

“Florida has had fewer cases per capita than California. It’s had more deaths per capita than California. Florida ranks 28th nationally versus California, which is 34th, But Florida has a significantly older population.” (As we have reported many times.)

As for the Florida economy: “Unemployment’s below the national average. Consumer spending, judged by sales tax collections, is nearly back. Tourism is, of course, still way down. But there are signs that even that’s ready to rebound.”

When NPR then turned to reporter Eric Westervelt in the San Francisco Bay Area, we heard this report the mecca of progressivism:

“California went from being something of a national model to being something of a mess.”

He continued:

“In late fall, we saw this horrible surge that grew even worse after Thanksgiving. …. this sustained, horrible surge of infections, the worst in the nation, for many weeks after the second lockdown was ordered. And the fact is, California’s deaths per capita numbers, which, you know, officials have used throughout the pandemic to defend these very tough restrictions, are in many cases either the same or worse than many states that have been far less restrictive.”

Congrats to NPR for getting the story right. Perhaps it’s been reading the Hotline!

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