The New York Times is suffering from a pandemic of partisan vaccination policies. The latest shot came in Wednesday’s newspaper, with Jonathan Weisman and Sheryl Gay Stolberg reporting “Republican Party sees virus surge in its turf, but allows vaccine skepticism to spread. “The text box included blame:” Republicans delay vaccines, but blame others. “
But nowhere in the newspaper’s consistent criticism of conservative vaccine rhetoric does it mention how news networks aided and comforted left-wing conspiracies against vaccines less than a decade ago.
As the coronavirus rises in their states and districts, fueled by a more contagious variant exploiting paltry vaccination rates, many Republicans in Congress have refused to turn down vaccine skeptics in their party who are sowing distrust about safety. and vaccine efficacy.
Amid a growing partisan split over coronavirus vaccination, most Republicans have fanned or ignored the flood of misinformation reaching their constituents and instead focused their message on the vaccine on disparaging the President Biden….
The political disparity in vaccine vacillation is stark. The Kaiser Family Foundation reported in late June that 86 percent of Democrats had at least one chance, compared with 52 percent of Republicans. A Analysis by The New York Times in April found that the nation’s least vaccinated counties had one thing in common: They voted for Trump.
Once again, vaccinations among the black community (who tended not to vote for Trump) is ignored.
They scored “The country’s conservative fringes are particularly affected. “Meanwhile, a Democratic blockbuster event was not identified as such:
On Capitol Hill Tuesday, where a vaccinated aide to President Nancy Pelosi tested positive for the coronavirus, the medical intern warned lawmakers and staff members that the Delta variant is now present. He pleaded with unvaccinated lawmakers to get vaccinated, warning that a mask mandate may need to be reimposed.
Pelosi’s aide (and a White House staff member) tested positive after meeting with Democratic lawmakers from Texas, who took a charter flight to DC without a mask and without social distancing on July 12.
Weisman and Stolberg tried to turn a legitimate Republican concern about Dr. Fauci’s reliability into an evasion.
Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican and physician, is trying to change the subject. At Tuesday’s health committee hearing, he escalated his long-running attacks on Dr. Fauci over whether the National Institutes of Health funded “gain-of-function” research, experiments devised to identify genetic mutations that could make a virus become more powerful, in a laboratory in Wuhan, China, where the pandemic began.
Mr. Paul accused Dr. Fauci of lying to Congress when he testified in May that the NIH did not fund such work. Dr. Fauci replied that he was not lying and accused the senator of spreading falsehoods by hinting that American scientists were to blame for the pandemic.
The cover of Wednesday’s Business section pointed the blame to another family target: “New reasons to vaccinate on Fox News. “
Fox News has faced strong criticism in recent days for its coverage of vaccines, including a complaint in the Senate and allegations of hypocrisy after a memo revealed that its own employees could go without masks in the office if they get vaccinated. And with opinions on vaccines increasingly divided along partisan lines, some prominent Republicans have been alarmed by the death toll from the virus in conservative states and districts.
But the Media Research Center in 2014 documented how the anti-vaccine hysteria of the left and Hollywood was encouraged by major news networks for years:
Despite the surge in deaths from preventable childhood diseases, networks have spent the past 15 years fueling speculation that vaccines cause autism … But for years, chains of transmission continued to report the alleged connection between vaccines and autism. In 171 stories over 15 years of morning and evening news shows, ABC, CBS and NBC largely reported on the ongoing debate, giving prominent anti-vaccine celebrities and families time to blame autism on vaccines.