Many of us warned them from the beginning but the elites in conservative media and the Republican Party didn’t want to listen.
It increasingly appears clear that the entire Chinese Virus hysteria was manufactured by the corporate media as part of a last ditch effort to damage President Trump before the November elections. They wanted to create economic and social carnage because they knew they could blame it all on President Trump and further weaponize it to create political carnage.
The logical response from detractors: “Yeah but even the integrity-rich healthcare community is sounding the alarm. And so is your boy Trump!” As noted in a previous post (I’ve written many this past week on the subject)…
I hear you. But what you don’t appreciate, from my seat, is that the massively powerful and influential media is more than capable of creating levels of hysteria that a) empower the health community to assert its worst-case-scenario authority and b) create such panic and havoc that virtually everyone including President Trump have to respond in kind or the damage — caused by fear, not the virus itself — will only get worse.
And that’s what we’ve seen. And now everyone is completely bought in. Even the conservative media heavy hitters who I liked and/or respected the most were scared in to assuming the posture of finger-wagging virtue signalers, and out of amplifying even a shred of skepticism for the hysteria the media purposefully manufactured.
And now millions of people who don’t work in the media and who don’t have LinkedIn accounts, and who relied on their service industry and other small business jobs, are financially devastated.
President Trump is putting his trademarked “It’ll be great, maybe the greatest ever” spin on the comeback our nation will supposedly enjoy once this is over. But I’m not nearly as optimistic. And I don’t think he truly is either. This was so disgusting by the media. And so many bought in to it so shamefully and pathetically. I just don’t think there’s any chance for anything close to a happy ending. From another piece this past week…
Will the markets come roaring back once the Wuhan Virus doesn’t do even a fraction of the damage that the media have tried to terrorize our nation into believing it will? I don’t know. There’s a decent chance, tail between its legs, that it will only come crawling back while suffering under the weight of both shame and public humiliation for so pathetically reacting to the media’s disgusting scare tactics. When I’m proven right, our nation won’t breathe a sigh of relief. We’ll be ashamed and tacit in our ability or willingness to celebrate the fresh breath of life that awaits us after this season of terror and fear. It’s not like the promise of a snowstorm that never came. This will be much different. The media has stoked fears and panic that eclipse any lows we’ve seen them hit ever before in our history, and it won’t feel good for anyone when it’s over.
But now the data-driven analysis is coming in. And the more informed the numbers get, the exponentially less dire they become.
This piece is exhaustive but I encourage you to read it in its entirety. I’ll prime you with a few key conclusions, but you really should read the entire body of this man’s analysis because it’s strong and uniquely educational at a time when our nation needs far more science and far less virtue signaling from reactionaries in the government and media who don’t know any better.
EVIDENCE OVER HYSTERIA (by Aaron Ginn)
UPDATE, 3/22/20 at 11:35AM ET: Apparently the link above is broken because the hosting site, Medium, deleted Aaron’s post. I republished it moments ago in its entirety and you can find it by clicking here and scrolling to the bottom.
Closing schools is counterproductive. The economic cost for closing schools in the U.S. for four weeks could cost between $10 and $47 billion dollars (0.1–0.3% of GDP) and lead to a reduction of 6% to 19% in key health care personnel.
Based on transmission evidence children are more likely to catch COVID-19 in the home than at school. As well, they are more likely to expose older vulnerable adults as multi-generational homes are more common. As well, the school provides a single point of testing a large population for a possible infection in the home to prevent community spread.
Open up public spaces
With such little evidence of prolific community spread and our guiding healthcare institutions reporting the same results, shuttering the local economy is a distraction and arbitrary with limited accretive gain outside of greatly annoying millions and bankrupting hundreds of businesses. The data is overwhelming at this point that community-based spread and airborne transmission is not a threat. We don’t have significant examples of spreading through restaurants or gyms. When you consider the environment COVID-19 prefers, isolating every family in their home is a perfect situation for infection and transmission among other family members. Evidence from South Korea and Singapore shows that it is completely possible and preferred to continue on with life while making accommodations that are data-driven, such as social distancing and regular temperature checks.
Support business and productivity
The data shows that the overwhelming majority of the working population will not be personally impacted, both individually or their children. This is an unnecessary burden that is distracting resources and energy away from those who need it the most. By preventing Americans from being productive and specializing at what they do best (their vocation), we are pulling resources towards unproductive tasks and damaging the economy. We will need money for this fight.
Americans won’t have the freedom to go help those who get sick, volunteer their time at a hospital, or give generously to a charity. Instead, big government came barrelling in like a bull in a china shop claiming they could solve COVID-19. The same government that continued to not test incoming passengers from Europe and who couldn’t manufacture enough test kits with two months’ notice.
Let Americans be free to be a part of the solution, calling us to a higher civic duty to help those most in need and protect the vulnerable. Not sitting in isolation like losers.
Please read and share Mr. Ginn’s data analysis, observations and findings far and wide. Help arm President Trump with the social sanity and political strength he needs to start resisting the media’s insistence on economic terror as being the only means we have to “defeat” this likely entirely unimpressive seasonal bug.
Someone close to me recently suggested (paraphrasing), “Why don’t we just quarantine all the older people and those who are already immunocompromised? Our small business just laid off nearly 50 people. There are 100,000 new unemployment claims filed in Ohio last week. We won’t come roaring back from this. Lives are being destroyed right now and business and being shuttered and it will in many cases take years to recover from these few weeks worth of devastation. And stimulus and debt aren’t the answer. They have to empower us to do this ourselves; to get back to work.”
It’s a dire observation and a potentially far more sound alternative solution to the total shutdown of America that the media empowered the medical community to assert and scared our government into adopting.
It’s time to get away from the virtue signaling and fear, and lean into the increasingly informed data and common sense.
We’ve spent 4 years watching the corporate political news media sink lower and lower trying to destroy President Trump and put targets on the backs of any American who supports or defends him. For the corporate media and the rest of swamp (Democrats, dirty wing of the intelligence community, establishment Republicans) stopping President Trump isn’t a matter of principle. It’s a matter of survival. They are parasites in the swamp and America is the host off of which they feed. And President Trump promised to drain their swamp. And anyone who is shocked or surprised that the media would incite terror and panic to destroy our economy so they could use the carnage to bludgeon President Trump, are either stupid or just not paying attention. Neither was a good look through this national humiliation, and every one of them should be ashamed.
The time to start doing better was a week ago. Now it may be too late but for the love of all that’s holy please wake up and start trying with the rest of us.
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