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Over the weekend, we saw more reporting about the unbelievable stories that some medical professionals on the front lines in red states are telling mainstream news reporters:
THREAD: I just spent 3 days with frontline workers at hospitals in a part of Appalachia where hospitalizations have more than doubled in the last month. But hospital staff say many in their hard-hit communities still don’t believe COVID is real. Misinformation is rampant.
— Dasha Burns (@DashaBurns) November 28, 2020
This is a theme now: mainstream media are weaponizing COVID against red staters, highlighting their stupidity for getting the virus.
This isn’t the first time a mainstream outlet has done this, and to their credit, WIRED actually went digging to verify the story of one South Dakota nurse who went viral and appeared on CNN talking about dying patients discussing their disbelief of COVID, gasping on their deathbed. It turns out the story was too good for CNN’s narrative to actually be checked, and WIRED cast some serious doubt on its varacity:
I called a number of hospitals in the same part of South Dakota to ask emergency room nurses if they’d noticed the same, disturbing phenomenon. At Avera Weskota Memorial Hospital, about 20 minutes from Doering’s hometown of Woonsocket, an ER nurse told me, “I have not had that experience here.” At my request, Kim Rieger, the VP for communications and marketing at Huron Regional Medical Center, one of the four medical facilities where Doering works, spoke with several nurses at Huron to get their reactions to the CNN interview. None said they’d interacted with Covid patients who denied having the disease. “Most patients are grateful, and thankful for our help,” one told her. “I have not experienced this, nor have I been told of this experience, ever,” another said.
I saw another such story making the rounds on Twitter yesterday:
Relative in our extended family got COVID, as did her husband and other members of her family unit, at a pro-Trump church in PA. No space at the hospital. Died at home. Family members who believe in COVID mourned via Zoom. Others, gathered in person with the body and their virusI read it and thought “hm, that doesn’t seem right” and so, I did five seconds of digging, and I’m actually glad I did. There was a critical line here about Philadelphia hospitals nowhere near reaching capacity, but the most interesting tidbit came from the Pennsylvania Deptartment Of Health. The narrative we’ve been hearing is that hospitals around the country are deluged, and yet, here is the PA Dept. of Health’s own website telling you that only 1.6% of statewide ER visits are there with COVID symptoms. There’s no county in the entire state where that number is more than 4.5%. In the middle of flu season those numbers would be surprising, and yet, we’re apparently in the middle of a super flu, and the ERs aren’t seeing the flood we’ve been told they are?What’s perhaps most sad about all of these stories isn’t that people are spinning them, it’s that millions of Americans are lapping them up, because they confirm their priors about dumb rednecks in South Dakota or rural Pennsylvania.This is an ongoing problem; Americans have become unaccostomed to critical thinking when presented with a literally unbelievable (as in, not believable) news story. What would it take for Americans to engage in just a little bit of analysis with their news?Anyway, I’ll leave you with this hilarious (and not CoC complaint, hence the link and not the embed) Dave Chappelle routine about yet another unbelievable, and yet, totally believed lie: that of Jussie Smollett.Published inLike this post? Want to comment? Join Ricochet’s community of conservatives and be part of the conversation. Get your first month free.