With election season over and a Democrat president safely in the White House, the mainstream media appears to have gained an increased willingness to acknowledge greater nuances in the debate over COVID-19 response policies than was the norm at the height of the public health panic.
Over the weekend, the Associated Press published a report acknowledging that “California and Florida have experienced almost identical outcomes in COVID-19 case rates,” despite the former state imposing some of the most draconian lockdown measures in the United States under Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom, and the latter state remaining mostly open under Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Per Worldometer, both states have similar case rates and death rates, despite their vastly differing policies (as well as Florida’s large elderly population, which is particularly vulnerable to COVID-19). Another example, the AP notes, is the comparison between Connecticut and South Dakota, both of which “rank among the 10 worst states for COVID-19 death rates” according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), despite the contrasting policies of the former’s Democrat Gov. Ned Lamont and the latter’s Republican Gov. Kristi Noem. Read more…