Policymakers and public health officials need to be held accountable for their miserable pandemic failures. So should the media, which have no interest in objective news, and are following an agenda that is both repulsive and poisonous.
Among the media’s favorite stories of the past 18 months are the deaths of the unvaccinated and those who expressed skepticism about the lethality of the Wuhan coronavirus. A recent example is the death of a 40-year-old California woman, who, according to the British Daily Mail, “regularly posted anti-vax, anti-mask content, proclaiming herself a ‘free thinker’ who ‘questions everything.’ ” The mother of four – who also considered herself “unmuzzled” – “had been battling COVID-19 and resulting pneumonia ahead of her passing.”
Tragic as her death was, it would not have been covered by the media had she been vaccinated and cheerfully compliant with lockdown and mask rules. But in the twisted minds of most of today’s journalists, it’s a story that has to be told to boost their vanity. They are our moral superiors.
The glee with which the story is reported is not overt. But like so many others, it was told in a way to lead readers to classify the victim as a backward, anti-science conservative who might even be a Republican and a Trump supporter. It’s part of the left’s agenda to marginalize such people.
Thankfully, there are exceptions to the cruelty. Journalist Zaid Jilani recently told the media to stop shaming those who aren’t perfectly lined up with the left’s pandemic demands and succumb to their coronavirus infections.
“Maybe they were skeptical of vaccines, or masks or something like that, and maybe they got COVID, and they died,” Jilani told Hill.TV. “That’s usually a very sad circumstance, but it’s turned into sort of a celebration, like ‘ha we got the other side!’ ”
“It’s an odd way to think of a virus,” he added.
His colleagues won’t listen. Even before the vaccine was produced, they were prominently featuring the deaths of those who held doubt. It was a fatality roundup of deplorables.
As if this weren’t enough malfeasance, the devoted-to-lockdowns, married-to-masks media have also been busy demonizing treatments. It began with the anti-malarial medication hydroxychloroquine. The press, for no other reason than Donald Trump said the drug could be a “game-changer,” embarked on a venomous campaign to destroy it as a viable, if off-label, treatment, even though some doctors, and reports, regard it as both safe and effective.
The New Yorker, for instance, called Trump’s suggestion “coronavirus quackery.” MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, at one time thought to be a Republican, flat out said hydroxychloroquine “will kill you.”
Our juvenile media have downplayed as well natural immunity acquired through coronavirus infections. This makes no sense, of course. The immunity obtained from “infection offers considerably more of a shield against the Delta variant of the pandemic coronavirus than two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine,” says Science, citing a “large” study from Israel. Johns Hopkins surgeon Dr. Marty Makary has noted that “there are 14 studies that show that natural immunity is effective, it’s durable, and it’s going strong.”
Listening to the media (as well as many politicians and probably every single public health official in the country) would lead one to believe that the only way to avoid death and severe illness from COVID-19 is to take the vaccine. They are obsessed with shots. Why? Obviously the press believes it has something to gain, and it’s not an improvement in public health, because few journalists care about anything beyond their bubble.
So what’s the game? Odd that a group that is always so clumsy in hiding its motives has for once created a mystery about its behavior.
We know we risk being accused of being anti-vaxxers and anti-science. The reactionaries who skim this editorial will never read this far down. Within just a few paragraphs, they will have already made up their minds about us. And they will miss this point: We believe the vaccination campaign has been of immense help, and we hope the immunizations will continue to climb.
But the media, actively campaigning against therapies, isn’t helping by continually implying that the unvaccinated are third-class citizens who get what they deserve when they get sick and when theu die. The behavior is inexcusable. It’s an appalling act of malpractice.
— Written by the I&I Editorial Board