As Blue State Hit Hardest By Coronavirus, Media Blames Red States
Liberal epicenters like New York City, Chicago, and New Orleans have been hit hardest by the coronavirus so far. One reason is simply that they are large cities and people live close together. However, a new talking has been created by the mainstream media recently, they are blaming red states.
Axios Ceo and co-founder Jim VandeHei during an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” said, “What you’re seeing here, and this is a bigger problem for society, is information inequality,’ VandeHei said. ‘Like, why (did) Desantis do what he did? Why did Georgia wait so long? They were listening to President Trump. They were watching Fox News and listening to Rush Limbaugh. The information was there. In the information bubble, they were basically getting a lot of sort of noise and news pollution.
Axios’ @JimVandeHei: Red states were slow to respond to the Coronavirus because “They were listening to President Trump, they were watching Fox News and listening to Rush Limbo [sic]” pic.twitter.com/ETdoXprumL
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) April 2, 2020
In another example, MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle was interviewing Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), she tried to bait Rubio into attacking Gov. Ron DeSantis for what she claimed took too long to implement a shelter in place order.
Instead of going with the liberal talking point, Rubio educated her that most counties in the state had already imposed shelter in place restrictions.
Can we talk about your state of Florida? One of the last states — not all the states have participated, one of the most recent to issue this stay-at-home order,” Ruhle said. “What in the world is going on down there? You have a whole lot of senior citizens and last I checked, they’re pretty high risk.”
“Yeah, so let me say one thing. I think for all practical purposes, we were in a stay-at-home order. Virtually every county in the state, if not every, had restrictions in place. Perhaps with the exception of,” Rubio replied, before Ruhle cut him off.
“Senator come on now. You and I — Stop it.”
“No I’m serious, it’s true!” Rubio insisted.
Red-state governors also took a different approach, instead of issuing a decree ordering citizens to remain home, they simply shut down all non-essential businesses.
Alec MacGillis from Pro Public makes a great point…
I’m getting responses of “it’s bad everywhere, it’s just not being tested, it’s being covered up.” On what evidence? If you doubt data, use most basic metric: hospitals not being overwhelmed as in NY, Detroit, etc. Bottom line: most are being spared the hell they are going thru.
— Alec MacGillis (@AlecMacGillis) April 4, 2020
As of the writing of this post blue states have experienced a higher amount of cases but as time goes on that could change. If the media really was as concerned as they claim to be they should report on how NYC mayor Bill de Blasio didn’t shut the city down until it was too late.