The fact that Georgia, Florida, and Texas are getting all the negative attention for opening and not NYC for being a complete failure and killing senior citizens says everything about the media’s bias.
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) May 14, 2020
Three weeks into the Georgia’s coronavirus reopening process, the state continues to post declining new cases and new deaths from the contagion, says GOP Gov. Brian Kemp.
While announcing the encouraging the encouraging numbers, he also urged residents to “remain vigilant” in their fight against the disease.
Georgia became one of the earliest states to move toward reopening its broadly shuttered economy, with Kemp allowing some businesses to re-open on Apr. 24 under restricted conditions.
Hey remember those few states that never went into lockdown? And we were assured disaster would follow? Yeah, everything turned out fine. The doomsayers were wrong. Don't expect them to own up to it, of course. But they were wrong. They've been wrong about everything, in fact.
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) May 14, 2020
DeSantis and Kemp see low death rates in states despite media hate
By Eddie Scarry| Washington Examiner May 12, 2020 04:12 PM
There’s been no surer way to end up on the national media’s blacklist amid the coronavirus pandemic than to say the words “reopen” and “economy.”
Naturally, that’s where Govs. Brian Kemp of Georgia and Ron DeSantis, both Republicans, found themselves the second either of them began loosening up statewide restrictions on normal business operations in recent weeks. For that, the entire media began casting them as reckless science-doubters who were effectively inviting new outbreaks and mass deaths within their states.
But neither state has experienced an outbreak. In fact, both Florida and Georgia are doing well, with COVID death rates well below the national average of 25 per 100,000 people. In Georgia, it’s 13. In Florida, just 8.
So how are the media’s COVID-19 governor heroes doing? Daily press briefings by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, are run top to bottom live on cable news outlets, and his performances are cherished by the press. The New York Times last month called Cuomo’s delivery “articulate, consistent and often tinged with empathy.” The paper also likened the briefings to a “tender embrace.”
That soft hug, however, is currently accompanied by the shockingly high death rate of 139 per 100,000 people, a number that was boosted in part by Cuomo’s appalling decision to force nursing homes to accept any elderly person who had been infected with the virus. This directly exposed many high-risk people to the coronavirus and has probably resulted in many deaths.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is a Republican, but he gets a lot of love from the press because he’s always ready to attack President Trump. His state isn’t doing so hot, either, with a rate of 28 deaths per 100,000. That means Maryland has a death rate more than twice that of Georgia.
There are probably infinitely many reasons for the state-by-state discrepancies in outbreaks, all of which will have to be studied. But at least for now, the governors heralded by the media are not necessarily the ones people should be looking to for guidance.
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