the New York Times suffers from a partisan vaccination policy pandemic. The latest hit came in Wednesday’s newspaper, with Jonathan Weisman and Sheryl Gay Stolberg reporting “GOP sees wave of viruses in its territory but lets vaccine skepticism spread. The text box affixed the blame: ‘Republicans lag behind in vaccinations but blame others.’
But nowhere in the Journal’s constant criticism of conservative vaccine rhetoric is it mentioned how left-wing anti-vaccination conspiracies were aided and comforted by news networks less than a decade ago.
As the coronavirus rises in their states and districts, fanned by a more contagious variant exploiting paltry vaccination rates, many Republicans in Congress have refused to fend off their party’s vaccine skeptics who sow suspicion of safety and health. effectiveness of injections.
Amid a growing partisan divide over the coronavirus vaccination, most Republicans fueled or ignored the flood of misinformation reaching their constituents and instead focused their vaccine message on the bashing of President Biden….
The political disparity in vaccine reluctance is striking. The Kaiser Family Foundation reported in late June that 86% of Democrats had had at least one bullet, compared to 52% of Republicans. A A New York Times analysis in April found that the least vaccinated counties in the country had one thing in common: They voted for Mr. Trump.
Again, vaccine reluctance among black community (who tended not to vote for Trump) is ignored.
They noted “Conservative parts of the country are particularly affected. Meanwhile, a Democratic super-broadcaster event was not identified as such:
At the Capitol on Tuesday, where a vaccinated assistant to President Nancy Pelosi tested positive for the coronavirus, the resident doctor warned lawmakers and staff members that the Delta variant was now present. He pleaded with unvaccinated lawmakers to get vaccinated and warned that a mask mandate may need to be reimposed.
Pelosi’s aide (and a White House staff member) both tested positive after meeting rogue Democratic lawmakers from Texas, who boarded a charter flight to DC without a mask and social distancing on July 12.
Weisman and Stolberg attempted to turn a legitimate Republican concern about Dr. Fauci’s reliability into an escape.
Sen. Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky and doctor, tries to change the subject. At Tuesday’s health committee hearing, he stepped up his long-standing attacks on Dr Fauci over whether the National Institutes of Health was funding research into “gain-of-function” – experiments designed to identify genetic mutations that could make a virus more potent – at a laboratory in Wuhan, China, where the pandemic began.
Mr Paul accused Dr Fauci of lying to Congress when he said in May that the NIH was not funding such work. Dr Fauci countered that he was not lying and accused the senator of spreading lies by implying that American scientists were to be blamed for the pandemic.
The front page of Wednesday’s Business section blamed another familiar target: “New pleas for vaccination on Fox News. “
Fox News has come under heavy criticism in recent days over its vaccine coverage, including a denunciation in the Senate and accusations of hypocrisy after a memo revealed that its own employees would be allowed to go without a mask to the office if they were vaccinated. And with views on vaccines increasingly divided along partisan lines, some leading Republicans have expressed alarm at the virus’s death toll in conservative states and districts.
But the Media Research Center in 2014 documented how left and Hollywood anti-vaccine hysteria has been encouraged by major news networks for years:
Despite the increase in deaths from preventable childhood illnesses, networks have spent the past 15 years fueling speculation that vaccines cause autism …. But for years, broadcast networks have continued to report on the disease. suspected link between vaccines and autism. In 171 articles over 15 years of morning and evening news broadcasts, ABC, CBS and NBC have extensively reported on the ongoing debate, giving time to anti-vaccine celebrities and families who blamed the autism to vaccines.