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Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Comfortably Smug compiles ‘Don’t worry about coronavirus, worry about the flu’ greatest hits

Fox News’ Tucker Carlson tore into the media Monday night over its early coverage of the coronavirus outbreak. Carlson was one of the first and loudest voices expressing concern over this virus that was running rampant in Wuhan, China.
The Press won’t blame China for the Coronavirus. So what was the press saying about the virus when it was still possible to contain it? Watch.https://video.foxnews.com/v/6144224360001#sp=show-clips 

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If you haven’t seen, Tucker bodied the media over their early coverage of  coronavirus

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The narrative that Fox kills being pushed by CNN and NYT is insane. Tucker changed the mind of the president on the virus and was warning viewers back when journos were mocking those afraid of the virus.

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We used those two tweets in an earlier post, but since then, Smug did some digging and pulled up a few examples of the mainstream media downplaying the coronavirus threat and saying Americans should be more worried about the flu.
In case you can’t read that, it’s Vox saying, “For most people in the US, though, there’s really no reason to worry.”
It’s easy to cherry pick comments like they do. Here’s Anderson Cooper on March 4th saying “if you’re freaked out about the Coronavirus you should be more concerned about the flu.”

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In case the text on that one got cut off, here it is, and  Vox has since deleted it.
Now we just need a major news outlet to say, "Anderson Cooper literally called the Coronavirus a hoax!"
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This is the sort of hot Vox take that’s still up:
Bonus points for working “xenophobia” into a story so early.
And it wasn’t just the media. Today, the administration’s coronavirus task force recommended that anyone leaving New York City to escape the coronavirus self-quarantine.
So while NY-based media was focused on FL beaches & bashing Gov DeSantis for limiting air passengers from NY, NY metro area accounts for 56% of all US coronavirus cases & 60% of new cases

Maybe pay attn more to your own backyard?

Not saying FL is superior. But NY isn't either
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But in early February, city officials thought you were missing out if you skipped the city’s Lunar New Year parade. Here’s Mark D. Levine, chair of the New York City Council health committee:
In powerful show of defiance of scare, huge crowds gathering in NYC's Chinatown for ceremony ahead of annual parade. Chants of "be strong Wuhan!"

If you are staying away, you are missing out!
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And New York City’s health commissioner assured everyone there was no reason to change their holiday plans:
As we gear up to celebrate the in NYC, I want to assure New Yorkers that there is no reason for anyone to change their holiday plans, avoid the subway, or certain parts of the city because of .
Photo of Dr Barbot and elected officials at a press conference in Chinatown with Lunar New Year decorations.
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Sure, it’s 50/50 hindsight, but at least some people could own up to their mistakes.

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