If you look at some of the COVID numbers, you will find that the statistics defy the spin placed on it by politicians and the media. That’s the argument that Charles Cooke uses in his latest commentary. All you need to do is look at the chart linked to my commentary to see that any spin by Democrats or Republicans or media personalities is wrong.
His opening statement is also his conclusion. “Two presidents. Fifty states. One-hundred-and-ninety-five countries. A multitude of different approaches. And still, there’s no rhyme or reason to this pandemic.” If you look at the COVID death rate per 100,000 by state, you don’t find any pattern. The spin we get from politicians and the media would have you believe that blue states would all be bunched in one area of the chart and red states would be bunched in the other. That is not what you find.
Some liberal media commentators would have you believe that “red states are bad and blue states are good.” Another writer says the “north is good, and the south is bad.” Charles Cooke has an answer for all those comments.
“If it were, what could possibly account for the death-rate pairings of New York and Mississippi? Of Alabama and Connecticut? Of Michigan and Arkansas? Of Texas and Delaware? Of Idaho and Colorado?”
Or consider what is happening in Israel. I was supposed to be leading a tour to Israel. That’s not happening even though Israel has had heavily enforced lockdowns, mask mandates, and the most successful vaccination program anywhere. Yet the first country to fully vaccinate a majority of its citizens now has one of the world’s highest daily infection rates.
As I have said in previous commentaries, we need a bit more humility when making statements about the pandemic. And I might add, we should ignore all the spin which has been proven to be false.