The ‘Whiplash-Inducing Messaging’ on Social Distancing and Protests
Article from For Liberty by Norm Leahy.
After more than a week of what are now global protests against police brutality, the obvious question is: weren’t we all supposed to avoid big gathers and maintain social distancing at all costs?
The answer appears – now – to be “no.” But only if the reason for the protests fits within an approved list of grievances. The about-face – from politicians, pundits, the health care community – has been so stark and so rapid, even some voices on the left are asking: was all this social distancing stuff just gaslighting? From The Guardian:
…the way the public health narrative around coronavirus has reversed itself overnight seems an awful lot like … politicizing science.
What are we to make of such whiplash-inducing messaging? Merely pointing out the inconsistency in such a polarized landscape feels like an act of heresy. But “‘Your gatherings are a threat, mine aren’t,’ is fundamentally illogical, no matter who says it or for what reason,” as the author of The Death of Expertise, Tom Nichols, put it. “We’ve been told for months to stay as isolated as humanely possible,” Suzy Khimm, an NBC reporter covering Covid-19, noted, but “some of the same public officials and epidemiologists are [now] saying it’s OK to go to mass gatherings – but only certain ones.”
Public health experts – as well as many mainstream commentators, plenty of whom in the beginning of the pandemic were already incoherent about the importance of face masks and stay-at-home orders – have hemorrhaged credibility and authority. This is not merely a short-term problem; it will constitute a crisis of trust going forward, when it may be all the more urgent to convince skeptical masses to submit to an unproven vaccine or to another round of crushing stay-at-home orders. Will anyone still listen?
That’s the big question. While no one wants the coronavirus to roar back to life later this year, there’s a very real possibility it could. And if it does, the other very real possibility is efforts to shut society down once again will be met with mass disobedience.
yes, the virus went right out the window when the protests came. I’m sure Dr. Fauci would be aghast. but no one asked him because we were on to the next crisis. the virus was yesterday’s news. the protests (riots) are now in vogue and damn those pandemic protocols. can you say, “hypocrisy” kids?
Which hoax was bigger. The covid 19 or the obama presidency?
That is a hard one, but I’ think Igo for the NoBummer presidency since that involved a lot more $$. The Feds Missing $.16.7. TRILLION. The Pentagon Missing $.10.5 TRILLION, the USA Missing 20. TRILLION. Under NoBummers watch.
Three sides to the truth. Yours. Mine. The radical left.
I read an article today that suggested the demo Party was becoming more and more like the demo Cult. Sounds reasonable to me. Recently, they have reached new heights in hypocrisy and don’t even seem to be aware of it.
It’s uncanny! It chills me to the bone!
In just about every blue state with major blue cities like,New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Minneapolis, S.F. , L.A. ,Portland , Austin etc. has seen an increase in Covid-19 cases in the last 10 days. What is odd about that? Well every one of those cities had allowed unbridled protests and looting and violence to run unchecked by Demoncrap mayors and their governors. Isn’t that interesting? Hopefully the looters and violent ones will be the ones who get the virus, it would be a fitting end to those creeps wouldn’t it!