The opposition media has moved the Kungflu goalposts so often that we fear they are now on wheels. Six months or so ago it was "15 Days to Bend the Curve."
The coronavirus curve, however, has proved remarkably resilient and the definition of was makes up this mysterious arc is equally changeable.
Once it became obvious that every second American was not going to be on a ventilator new metrics had to be invented to keep the great pandemic panic going.
And why is that?
Because the pandemic panic shut down the economy, which was one of President Trump’s main re–election issues.
No economy to speak of and constant fear about the WuFlu was the narrative the opposition media was most interested in advancing.
Nothing that contradicted that "Chicken Little" Diagnosis was allowed to enter the virus discussion.
Now John Ziegler — definitely no fan of Trump’s — reveals how once again our so–called defenders of the First Amendment have betrayed the people they are supposed to inform:
"The most dangerous flaw in the modern news media is their now-constant vulnerability of becoming deeply invested in a particular narrative at the very start of a large story, and then having the ensuing tunnel vision prevent them from adjusting their reporting as new facts become available.
"I am referring here to the news media’s obsession with using “new cases” as by far the most common, and often only, data point for evaluating how the nation is coping with the coronavirus crisis."
And why is that a problem?
"Obviously the 'new case' data point is both real and relevant, but it is also now extremely misleading. By incompetently using the same measure of what a 'positive' virus test meant in April, to what it now means in July, the news media is in the process of, quite effectively, sabotaging America’s recovery from this crisis," Ziegler explains.
What's important isn’t the number of new cases, since testing is now much more widespread, it’s how many new hospitalizations there are and how many of those hospitalizations wind up in the ICU.
A perfect example of this "pandemic porn" is the breathless reports of the number of new "cases" found as colleges reopen for the fall.
Never mind that the chance of a young person dying from this old person’s disease is on the order of being hit by lightning.
All the opposition media hysterically reports is the number of cases.
Daniel Horowitz writes that Dr. Andrew Bostom, a cardiovascular and epidemiology researcher, ran the numbers on Flu Manchu tests at colleges and universities and found that although more than 11,000 students tested positive there was no a single reported admission to a hospital.
This is good news.
And it is good news that’s being hidden to advance an agenda designed to defeat President Trump regardless of the cost.
We're in complete agreement with Horowitz’ conclusion, "It's becoming self–evident every week that the virus that is really spreading is an incorrigible psychosis. Rather than confining our youth for a cold that might not even spread in its asymptomatic form, perhaps it’s time to start confining some of the public health officials . . . to a mental health facility."
Only we would add that the roommates of the inmates should include so–called journalists.
Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read Michael Reagan's Reports — More Here.
Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)". Read Michael Shannon's Reports — More Here.