The brand is a crisis, it does not improve results.
The Mississippi media is groaning and lamenting at the top of their lungs that Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves should use his “bully pulpit” rather than encouraging citizens to get vaccinated against COVID.
A fourth wave of COVID. Children dying. Many more adults die after many adults have died. Fearful and insecure parents, teachers, students. Disinformation. Political stance.
It didn’t have to be this way. It does not have to be this way.https://t.co/CpM77IKuuU
– Adam Ganucheau (@GanucheauAdam) July 27, 2021
This is a stupid and demonstrably skewed headline from Mississippi Today. But they are not the only ones executing such brazen attacks
Never mind the fact that Governor Reeves took the vaccine publicly, has spent literally hundreds of hours in public press conferences extolling the safety and vaccine efficacy, and continues promote the vaccine publicly.
This has long since ceased to be a public health issue for many in the media in Mississippi and beyond. It is purely about politics and signaling virtues. At this point, the media establishment is using COVID as a political hammer for its partisan ends.
COVID is a terrible thing, but now it is clear that there is not going to be something like “COVID zero”. This is something that we are clearly going to have to learn to live with in the discernible future.
We are now officially past the point where wagging the prudish finger, with a blue check mark, will move the needle with the unvaccinated or with public officials with whom they disagree. COVID has become politicized and the establishment of the mainstream media is the most to blame. Yelling at people that they are idiots for not getting vaccinated not only doesn’t work, but now has the opposite effect.
The bottom line is that the media establishment is bound and determined to politicize this pandemic. In fact, that is costing as many, if not more, lives as the Governor “without using his bully pulpit.” However, they are too blind and self-righteous to see this truth.
Perhaps some of these media types and their supporters will launch into a political career rather than just openly partisan campaigning against conservatives using their media in 2023. I’m sure they’ll find out how completely disconnected they are from Mississippi voters. .
Once again, like Governor Reeves and public health officials, I have been vaccinated and I will live like this … as I have always done with other vaccines throughout my life. I know the risks and have weighed the costs.
COVID vaccines are medical miracles, but what is happening is not a government failure. The government has released the vaccines for free and made them available to anyone who wants one. Anyone who wants an injection has had a long time to get it.
The mainstream media are having a savior complex, and the harsh truth is that they have not earned the public’s trust. As we mentioned last week, Conservatives have a 10% approval rating nationally for the media. This plays into the argument. What’s more, it’s not just conservatives who don’t get vaccinated. Major urban centers like New York (once the epicenter of the pandemic), Chicago, and Los Angeles have vaccination rates below 50%.
Governor Reeves has learned a lot over the past year. He has suffered more natural and man-made disasters in his first 18 months in office than any previous governor. He has publicly expressed regret for agreeing to shut down parts of the economy for a period of time and for being a bit more clumsy with executive orders than in hindsight he would have liked. Hindsight is always 20-20.
The Latest from Marshall Ramsey: The Maskhttps://t.co/131k2HpAmF
– Mississippi today (@MSTODAYnews) July 28, 2021
Governor Reeves appears to have decided, at this point, that Mississippi people have the data, resources, and intelligence they need to make their own decisions when it comes to COVID. That is not a bad thing. The proper role of government now is simply to make the vaccine available and to ensure that people know that it is accessible and safe.
“The fact is, each and every Mississippian has had the opportunity to get vaccinated,” Reeves told reporters two weeks ago. “There are some who have chosen not to. I encourage you to do so. “
After all, unless the federal government sends troops and takes up arms by force, it is up to individuals to make those calls. No amount of shaming people’s intelligence or blaming or banning Facebook comments is going to be a mountain of beans right now, and neither is the endorsement of any celebrity or politician.
Regarding the affinity of the media with the masks mandates and more restrictions, please reflect on this.
CDC reports that the efficacy of the influenza vaccine reduces the risk of contracting the disease by 40% to 60% among the general population during seasons when most circulating influenza viruses are compatible. with the flu vaccine.
The CDC also reports that the two-dose measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine is 97% effective against measles and 88% effective against mumps.
Compared to COVID-19, the efficacy of the vaccine reported by Pfizer is 95%. Moderna is 94% and Johnson & Johnson is 66%. Some reports now say that the efficiency is reduced by a few percentage points with this Delta variant, and a boost might be necessary. So be it.
Children 12 years and older can get the Pfizer COVID vaccine, and even if they don’t, they are statistically unlikely to contract an overly troublesome form of COVID, studies show.
This means that the message about having students, even those who have been vaccinated, wear masks this school year from the Biden Administration, MSDH, CDC, teacher unions and other groups is a sham and does not follow the science, as they rush to do so. accusing others of doing so while insulting anyone who questions them, further undermining the effort to increase vaccination rates.
The same is true of the general population.
If you have been vaccinated, live like this, just as you have with other vaccines. Be smart and do the right thing for yourself and your family.
Can you still have COVID? Unfortunately yes. But before all this fuss, and still today, you could also get the flu, measles, mumps, and other illnesses, even if you’re vaccinated.
Additionally, studies have shown that all three vaccines were 100% effective in preventing serious illness six weeks after the first dose (for Moderna) or seven weeks after the first dose (for Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson).
Enough of the mixed messages, direction changes, and unscientific and unnecessary mandates, and enough of the left and the media holiest than you trying to use COVID for the benefit of their donors and corporations to force Governor Reeves to take authoritarian actions that it is justified by science.
It is time for the media and those of public health facilities to take a hard look at what they are doing. If they want the public health goals that they say they want, they must openly admit that what is being done is not working and that is largely up to them. Perhaps you will try to start over with empathy and a genuine desire to help people rather than playing politics or pointing out virtues to your left-wing friends and media.
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Frank Corder is Managing Editor of Y’all Politics and has nearly two decades of experience in state and local government, campaign management, public policy, and radio and television broadcasting. Follow @frankcorder on Twitter.