Years from now, I would hope, people will be able to take a look back at how numerous countries handled the Chinese coronavirus pandemic and come to the understanding that we allowed fear and panic to set in and drive our decisions in the best case, and allowed closeted tyrants to be free to rein in as much power as they could at worst. Hopefully, understanding this, they will come to know that they should not repeat the mistakes of the past and erode their own rights and liberties in exchange for a little bit of false safety.
Likewise, I would hope that they would allow for actual science to be the main driver of their decisions, not bad-faith “experts” who have plenty to gain from the stripping of people’s freedoms.
Because the people of today have largely been led to be as fearful of the Chinese coronavirus as they are about things like cancer, AIDS, etc., and treat it as though it were in any way similar to those diseases.
A recent Gallup survey showcased just how misinformed Americans are about the dangers of the Chinese coronavirus, and how many people who have the virus require hospitalization.
“Less than one in five U.S. adults (18%) give a correct answer of between 1 and 5%,” the authors of the study said. “Many adults (35%) say that at least half of infected people need hospitalization. If that were true, the millions of resulting patients would have overwhelmed hospitals throughout the pandemic.”
By political demographics, we see completely unsurprising results.
10% of Democrats, 26% of Republicans and 20% of Independents were correct when they said between 1 and 5% of COVID patients needed to be hospitalized. But the majority of all, including even Republicans, vastly overestimated the number. 41% of Democrats, 28% of Republicans and 35% of Independents all answered that 50% or more of Chinese coronavirus patients must be hospitalized.
Like the authors of the study said, were that to be the case, the hospitals would have long been overwhelmed with Chinese coronavirus patients. However, we never even came close to that in any state, even the ones that were worst off.
If you remember, President Trump sent a Navy hospital ship to New York back when that was the epicenter of the pandemic, and it was hardly even used. Cuomo whined and moaned about the “lack” of support Trump gave them, but he never even used the hospital ship to treat people in it. That wouldn’t have been the case if hospitals had been overwhelmed.
The reason for this overestimation of how bad the Chinese coronavirus is is quite easy to pinpoint: the fake news media created an environment of fear and panic.
According to an Ivy League-led study (so not exactly a right-leaning one), 91% of U.S. stories in 2020 were negative, compared to just 54% in non-U.S. media, even when there were positive developments surrounding the virus, such as fewer positive cases, deaths, and hospitalizations.
“The negativity of the U.S. major media is notable even in areas with positive scientific developments including school re-openings and vaccine trials,” said the study. “Stories of increasing COVID-19 cases outnumber stories of decreasing cases by a factor of 5.5 even during periods when new cases are declining.”
And while one can’t exactly expect the fake news media to be cheerful during a pandemic, there is a clear disconnect between the percentage of negative stories shared by the American media (91% negative) and the media outside the U.S. (54%). It’s not like things were just that much worse in America than in other places. Italy was very rattled early on, and many European countries “had” to go through multiple lockdowns (I put quotations around “had” because they absolutely did not need to do that. If one lockdown didn’t work, multiple ones logically wouldn’t either).
Even though the U.S. has the most reported cases of the Chinese coronavirus (remember, China stopped counting back in March of last year), the virus was never bad enough that it would warrant constantly negative news stories, even while there were positive developments.
The reason as to why the news were so consistently negative is clear: the fake news media had an agenda to get rid of President Trump. They took the opportunity a pandemic gave them and ran with it, claiming negative thing after negative thing and how Trump was just handling it so, so poorly, blah, blah, blah.
The reality is that he was ahead of everyone in handling the virus. Even while he was in the midst of the illegitimate and unconstitutional impeachment trial (the first one, that is), he was looking to get ahead in handling the virus by taking early action. Action, by the way, which was even praised by one of the Left’s emperor gods, Dr. Anthony Fauci, as having saved countless lives.
But none of that would matter to a fake news media which abhorred President Trump and had no qualms about showing their feelings. Constantly delivering negative news during the pandemic, particularly as it pertained to Trump’s handling of the virus, during a time when people were afraid and easily abused to the point where they would abandon their freedoms in exchange for a little temporary (and as it would turn out, fake) safety and would trust the word of even the most notorious of liars, would be a big help to the Left in defeating President Trump.
Of course, as we know, it wasn’t the negative news stories that allowed for the Left to get rid of Trump. It was the mail-in ballots and general election rigging that allowed them to do it, but such an opportunity was at least helped by the fear and panic the fake news media was setting with their negative coverage. It got a lot of people who would otherwise have voted in person to vote by mail, and if you remember, Trump was far ahead of Biden until they started counting the easily falsifiable mail-in ballots.
But regardless of what actually got the Left to get rid of Trump, there is no denying the reason the news was so constantly negative was to make Trump as unpopular as they possibly could make him. It didn’t work, of course, but the attempt was still made.
And so, they did their best to instill within the American people a great fear and panic which would, among other things like hopefully having gotten rid of Trump, also allow for the communist tyrants to play Stalin for as long as they could, imprisoning anyone who would dare to stand against them and their blatant unconstitutional power-grab.
It is entirely unsurprising that 41% of Democrats, who are most easily fooled by the fake news media, believe that 50% of those with the Chinese coronavirus require hospitalization. Republicans and Independents were, also unsurprisingly, a bit more educated on the facts, though still a surprisingly decent number of them still believed that 50% required hospitalization.
In any case, let future generations judge the actions of those who went along with the fear and panic harshly, learning from the mistakes of their ancestors to never, EVER, allow for tyrants and liars-for-profit to deceive us into giving up our rights and freedoms in exchange for the promise of safety that never even comes.
I’ve shared this quote before in the past, but I believe it is adequate to repeat it here: Benjamin Franklin once said, “Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
Allow for me to add on to that quote with the reality of what happens to those who do:
Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety and will be deprived of both.
2 Corinthians 3:17
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