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Friday, August 14, 2020
When Good News Isn't News At All
Friends, it's no big secret that the purpose of the media's coverage of the coronavirus pandemic is to spread fear, not information. Take note of the fact that breathless reports about rising case counts in the Sun Belt have stopped, for the simple reason that case counts aren't rising anymore. They're declining, which could, to a normal brain, sound an awful lot like good news. But, as the media sees it, there's no such thing as "good news", at least not prior to November 3rd, and so, when the facts shift, they simply avert their gaze and look for something else to get the vapors about.
Check out this story, which documents declining infection rates in the U.S. versus a steady rise in Europe:
What does this prove? Not a whole lot, except that mastery of the coronavirus is eluding pretty much everyone. What we haven't seen as yet is evidence that masking or lockdowns are necessarily correlated with superior performance in terms of infections or deaths. If such evidence exists, please share it with me. I would love to evaluate it for myself.
In other news, the Durham investigation has nailed its first lefty malefactor. A guilty plea is interesting, because one has to wonder -- what did Clinesmith give Durham in return for a plea deal?