Despite what the media and even President Trump and his team will tell you, “social distancing” and “America’s disciplined response and cooperation” had nothing to do with stemming the Wuhan Virus’s devastation.
Rather, as it turns out, the whole thing truly was massively overblown from the beginning. And the fear and hysteria ensnared even the smartest and most cautiously skeptical thinkers, like Tucker Carlson. But it was Carlson who last night did a segment noting that virtually all of the models driving our panicked response were tremendously flawed. And as that reality begins to emerge more broadly in conservative circles, it will likely be buried by the media and healthcare communities who will insist the devastation never came because “social distancing worked.” And we’ll mostly be forced to go along with that lie to avoid a depressing, debilitating and lasting national humiliation, and also for political reasons that I’ll get into later.
Up until a few weeks ago I was screaming it from the rooftops…
March 12, 2020:
Media’s WuFlu Hysteria Will End Just Like Their Russia Hysteria Did
If I’m wrong, I’ll gladly eat crow. But I guarantee you I won’t be. This thing will get only as bad as the media are able to make it, and fear — not fevers or coughing — will be the most prominent symptom of the sickness.
March 14, 2020:
Journos Will Credit Themselves When WuFlu They Attacked Us With Fails To Inflict The Pain They Promised
But this terror won’t reach even a fraction of what the media has whipped our nation into a panicked frenzy believing it will. And when it fails to meet the expectations set by the media sooner than later (because it will), watch for that same media to pat themselves on the back and act as though they are the reason things didn’t get worse — while simultaneously claiming that they prevented total catastrophe in the face of what they’re already claiming is incompetence from President Trump and his team.
March 15, 2020:
What Makes The Wuhan Virus So Awful Is Most People Won’t Even Know They Have It And OMG Do You Idiots Hear Yourselves?!
Seriously. Do you?! I can’t believe that virtually everyone except for a handful at The Federalist (eg Sean Davis, Twitter here) is either completely terrified as per the media’s prescription, or too cowardly to call the terrorism and fear mongering out. Just unbelievable. Everyone, even normally reliable media watchdogs, are either lined up to virtue signal their dime-store medical expertise — or they’re cowering in the corner too afraid to utter even a shred of skepticism for this season’s entirely predictable new viral strain.
March 16, 2020:
I Don’t Take The Wuhan Virus Seriously And CNN Is The Reason Why
Now I know some of you will say, “But all the health professionals are also sounding the alarm. And so is President Trump!” 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. But I don’t believe for a second that this deserves or merits the social panic and economic destruction it’s causing. And I’m confident that I’ll be proven right when the medical carnage left in its wake is only a tiny fraction of what’s being promised today. The economic, social and potential political carnage however will be staggering and lasting.
March 21, 2020:
As Data Becomes More Informed, The Chinese Virus Threat Becomes Less Dire
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.
Those were the first five pieces I wrote about the Wuhan Virus. And every one of them maintained a laser focus on one theme: the media created this national panic attack because the worse America does while Trump is president, the more ammunition they have with which to attack him. And we’d already seen, remiss as some might be to admit it, the U.S. political news media will stoop to whatever lows are necessary if it means getting rid of the man who promised to drain the swamp they rely on for survival. And if that means destroying our economy and with it the lives of millions of Americans, so be it.
When I realized nobody outside of the grassroots was going to entertain even a shred of skepticism, a fresh and hopeful perspective emerged. It occurred to me that it’s way too late to call the media out for inspiring hysteria. That ship had sailed. I could get away with it. But if President Trump did it, they’d have an easy time making him look and sound like a crazy person. And it hit me that maybe, just maybe, he was several steps ahead (yet again) all along. So I wrote this…
March 22, 2020:
Once Again Trump Was Right, I Was Wrong, And The Media Is About To Lose Bigly
I’d be yelling from the rooftops — as I have been — that the media deserve to be called out for their dishonesty and carelessness, and for the damage they caused. But President Trump, several steps ahead either by genius or divine intervention that’s repeatedly afforded him fantastic political fortune, isn’t attacking the media any more or less than he ever did before. He’s leveraging the panic they created, perhaps even knowing full well it will never manifest with the severity that the media said it would, for his own political gain. He’s going to just let their lies and deceptions stand, because in the end he can exploit it to make himself the hero who thwarted “what promised to be a once in a hundred year catastrophe.”
A few days later I leaned one more time into documenting my skepticism…
March 24, 2020:
Five Reasons Why Many Doubt The COVID-19 Hysteria
Mollie Hemingway actually shared this one on Twitter with the summary from the email I sent out.
And then a full week went by and I didn’t write anything.
Do you know why?
I had become consumed and subsequently depressed by the fear I had so confidently railed against for so many previous weeks. The media won. I lost my job. We had to cancel a visit to my parents in Ohio that we had long been determined to make no matter what. I looked around at so many friends and loved ones who were completely consumed by fear and depression. And then I, like so many other Americans, became resigned to a future that promised nothing but death and despair. I became convinced that I had been wrong and all of the media’s fear-mongering and promises for unimaginable death tolls were founded. And I was embarrassed and ashamed to have been wrong about something so serious…
April 1, 2020:
Watching The Media Celebrate Our National Journey To Fear & Pain
I feel like they’ve won because in this moment as I sit to finally write something after almost a full week of just watching — all I have left in my tank is anger, fear and hopelessness; the political news media’s most prized emotions.
But because writing is healthy and productive outlet for me, by the next day I had some of my fight back…
April 2, 2020:
Both Are True: The Wuhan Virus Is Awful, And The Media Are Exploiting It For Political Gain
While the Wuhan Virus has absolutely earned our reverence, adherence to responsible mitigation and prayerfulness — the media has at the same time earned every shred of shaming, scrutiny and scorn for having worked so hard to transform the virus into a political weapon that they can use against President Trump.
And I kept getting stronger in the ensuing days…
And before I knew it, as the data became more informed and the modelers kept making excuses for why they were so wrong, I had come full circle back to where I started: This whole thing appeared to have been a manufactured crisis pushed by the U.S. political news media with help from their friends in academia (the modelers), and eventually a few assists from the media’s new best friend: The Chinese Communist Party.
April 5, 2020:
If These WuFlu Stats Hold, Media Must Be Punished Severely
If the media’s eager and uncritical deference to academia turns out to be as misguided for the Wuhan Virus as it’s been myriad times for global warming, simple humiliation and loss of credibility won’t suffice.
And that brings us today.
This is when everyone who beat our nation into submission with threatening alarm bells starts congratulating us on a job well done.
This is when they start saying “Because of your discipline and cooperation, we were able to significantly stave off what promised to be a global catastrophe.”
This is when they begin memorializing any one COVID-19 death with the vigor and sadness of 10 from any other cause.
And this is when they say “social distancing worked.”
The truth is, the models on which they predicated their fear mongering were garbage from the beginning. But the media wasn’t about to waste an opportunity to create and then exploit a crisis. And that’s exactly what they did. And it backfired on them because instead of calling them out for it, President Trump leaned into it with them. And that means instead of looking like a buffoon yelling about media conspiracy theories, he’ll assume the mantle of a great, presidential leader who guided our nation through this nightmare.
That also means he’ll be among the chorus of congratulatory voices insisting that thanks to the outstanding cooperation of the American people, we were able to beat COVID-19.
And for the most part we’re all stuck accepting that lie now because if it’s revealed that this was all a fraud from the onset, the media will call Trump a stupid reactionary who fell for it.
Don’t believe me? That seems impossible given where we are today? You think there’s no way the media, who are all in 24×7 on Wuhan Virus hysteria today, would tomorrow just wipe the slate clean of everything they said and did for the last 2 months so they could present a fresh narrative to hurt President Trump? Well it was barely a month ago that they were all saying his travel ban from China was a stupid, panicked, way overblown response and probably driven by “RACISM!” And today, a mere month later, the media’s most persistent attack on Trump is that he didn’t do enough soon enough.
I don’t know when we’ll stop underestimating the media’s shamelessness and the astounding depths they’ll go to take out President Trump and his supporters. But they just eagerly manufactured a crisis that cost tens of millions of Americans their jobs and life savings, and added trillions to our debt and deficit. And for the time being, most of us are going to have let them get away with it. I’ll be here reminding people at my tiny little website, because that’s what I do. But the vast majority of America will nod right along with the idea that their cooperation and social distancing is why this ended up being exponentially less deadly than initially projected. The truth is, social distancing was factored in to most of the models that drove so much of the panic. How many times did we hear “If we do everything right, it still promises to be absolutely horrific”? What’s more, every expert out there promised that the same massive numbers of people would definitely get infected and die from this thing, and our real goal wasn’t to prevent those numbers — but to flatten the curve of how quickly those numbers amassed.
The University of Washington’s IMHE decreased their U.S. death toll projections by 30% in just the last week, now down to 60K and likely to continue dropping significantly. If this threat truly is about to die down so wildly under what was initially projected, it will have nothing to do with “flattening the curve” by “social distancing” and everything to do with pulverizing even the pretense that this was ever actually a uniquely significant threat to begin with.
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