Our Nevermind Media

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The media shrug at their massive bungling of major stories.
A member of the media wears a protective mask as she waits to do a report in the rain at a McDonald's protest in Los Angeles, Calif., April 9, 2020. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

How lovely it is to have a high-profile job in our major media institutions. Let's say you completely, hideously muck up a huge story. Let's say you spend three years wildly misleading the public. Let's say that, at the outset of the worst public-health crisis in a century, you mock people for being afraid and tell them to go about life as usual. When you're proven wrong, you get to tell the next chapter of the story anyway. And if you feel like saying, "No fair noticing we were wrong!" you know other members of the mainstream-media cartel will rush to support you.


Media observers are today noticing how strange it is for reporters to juxtapose panic about Florida, where the virus has down relatively little damage, with robust defense of New York, the coronavirus death capital of the Western world.

This week, after Politico Florida correspondent Marc Caputo noted that the long-predicted mass outbreak of coronavirus in his state still hasn't happened, with three full months having passed since the first dire warnings about spring breakers partying on the beaches, Daily Beast Washington correspondent and CNN analyst Jackie Kucinich threw the yellow flag.

So, given how much everyone is suffering everywhere – grieving loved ones, job losses and even the simple things like hugging your friends – I fail to see how this snarky nonsense from @MarcACaputo – who I think is an awesome reporter – is helpful. pic.twitter.com/ZB4LPb2uMn — Jackie Kucinich (@JFKucinich) May 15, 2020

In other words, a reporter thinks it is not "useful" to report things that are true if those things happen to reflect badly on reporters? The contrast in coverage of New York governor Andrew Cuomo and Florida governor Ron DeSantis seems to come from some bizarro world where the media considers nine deaths per…
Kyle Smith
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