Happy, balanced people understand this. You can’t just sit on your couch all day, barking at other people on social media. Your soul will rot. Sadly, it’s too late for a lot of people at CNN. They haven’t even been trapped inside for months. For reasons that no one in authority ever really explained, cable news yappers have been classified as “essential workers” from the first day. That includes us. It also includes the partisan political activists on the other channels. They didn’t lose their jobs. They haven’t been quarantined. If anything, they’re thriving in the midst of this. They feel more essential than ever. Your suffering has been the best thing to happen to them since impeachment, when they got to spend a month pretending to know where Ukraine was.
So you can imagine their rage when they saw you outdoors this weekend, enjoying time with your family. The fact you disobeyed them drove them insane. Here’s CNN:
JASON CARROLL, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: These were not the images health officials were hoping to see this Memorial Day: partygoers, ignoring social distancing rules, packed this pool in Missouri over the weekend.
BREINA KEILAR: Beaches, boardwalks, pools packed with many not wearing masks or social distancing.
DANA BASH: Even as health experts warn, if they don’t social distance, there will be a spike in cases in the next two weeks.
NATASHA CHEN, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: But the question about masks, take a look, there isn't a single person on this beach wearing one.
JASON CARROLL, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Scenes of crowded vacationers on a boardwalk in Ocean City, Maryland; and at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
DR. SEEMA YASMIN, CNN MEDICAL ANALYST: …even as states sought to reopen. And I don't even like that term reopening, because it symbolizes the floodgates being opened.
Now this being CNN, a lot of people didn’t hear any of that. Most CNN viewers are hustling through airports. That’s where the network traps its audience. The sound is often down. Unfortunately, the producers thought of that. So they made sure to reinforce the message with graphics on the screen: “Crowds Across U.S., Ignore Guidelines, Sparking Fears of Spread,” read one. “Memorial Day Crowds Spark Fear of New Outbreaks,” read another. And then there was this: “Americans Flock To Public Places As Death Toll Nears 100,000.” What exactly does that even mean? CNN never explained. “You should be terrified.” That was the point. No explanation necessary.
Over on MSNBC, the usual collection of retired CIA analysts and assistant professors of gender studies was terrified too. They feared that somewhere out there in America, there might still be people who believe in more than shopping and vacations. It’s possible, they fretted, that people like this — dangerous religious freaks — might somehow find each other and come together to pray. Not to Tim Cook, or the Google twins in Silicon Valley, or even to Barack Obama. But to something called God. That cannot be allowed:
Dr William Schaffner: The virus is not religious. It won't respond to prayer, I'm afraid. (Nicolle Wallace laughs as to agree) It loves congregations.
Nicolle Wallace: Aggressive reopenings in defiance of public health warnings from his own CDC and his own advisers and on the other side, Democrats who have seemingly hitched their fortunes to science and data.
ALI VELSHI: Regardless of how that plays with separation of church and state, and even if the president has no authority to issue such a decree, Trump's insistence on a rushed reopening flies in the face of what public health experts continue to advise: that this is not a time to become complacent.
There you have it. Jeb Bush’s dim-witted spokeswoman, now rebranded as an eminent epidemiologist. She wants you to know — and expects you to believe — that the lockdown orders are based on quote, “science and data.” OK. What science and data, exactly? We’ll wait as you rifle through your papers and abstracts, Dr. Wallace. That may take a while. In fact, there is still no scientific evidence at all that two months of lockdowns have done much to halt the spread of this virus. Sorry. That’s true. States that locked down early, and aggressively, are no better off on average than states that never locked down at all.
By contrast, there’s an awful of scientific evidence that going outside is vital to your health: Exercising outdoors, and getting vitamin D from the sun, make you healthier and less vulnerable to coronavirus. The virus spreads far less easily outdoors than it does indoors. The largest study of the subject took a look at 318 separate coronavirus infection clusters. In 317 out of 318 clusters -- ninety-nine point seven percent – the infection spread indoors. Not outdoors. Indoors. Which is where Dr. Science and Data claims you must remain.
So, no, CNN and MSNBC aren’t bringing you science. They’re peddling panic and reckless moral judgement. It’s hurting the country. This footage illustrates the results. It’s from a Staten Island grocery store. It shows a woman attacked by other customers for not wearing a mask:
(Mob of people cursing and screaming at a woman shopping without a mask)
Multiply that by an entire country. A new survey by the Census Bureau found that more than a third of Americans show signs of anxiety, depression, or both. This misery isn’t centered on those most at risk from coronavirus: people over 80. Just the opposite. Younger people were the most miserable. The most miserable group of all is Americans under 30. They face virtually no risk from the virus at all. The people on TV have lied to them, and it’s wrecking their lives.
Meanwhile, the people on TV are just fine themselves. They don’t seem afraid. Andrew Cuomo’s brother works at CNN. He had the virus. He didn’t bother to quarantine. He got in the car and drove to his second home and wandered around with no mask on. Then he went back on TV and shouted at you for not wearing a mask. In Michigan, Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s husband decided to violate his wife’s orders by traveling across the state to use his boat. Hey, it’s Memorial Day. When the marina told him they couldn’t put the boat in the water, he let them know his wife was the governor. “Don’t you know who I am?” He got caught of course. People resent that kind of behavior. At first, Gretchen Whitmer tried to claim it never happened. She said the whole thing was a hoax. But it wasn’t. Now she says it was all a joke of some kind. Pretty funny.
But if you really want to know want to know what the people on TV think of you, watch this clip. It’s from MSNBC. It says it all:
(Cameraman called out for not wearing mask)
Remember that the next time they tell you you’re immoral for not wearing a mask.