Today, the afternoon Wheeling News-Register published an article by syndicated columnist Betsy McCaughey on its editorial page:
Pay Attention to Facts, Not Hype About the COVID-19 Epidemic
The column is yet another in a long line of Ogden articles that argues for downplaying the virus and putting America back to work. The article’s villains are members of the usual gang of suspects: New York’s governor Andrew Cuomo and the media. The column was first published on June 24 and one paragraph from the original caught my attention:
In spite of these damning facts, Cuomo is bragging about his results and bashing the Trump administration for encouraging states to reopen. Cuomo's wrong. The nation's doing pretty well. The United States reported 308 COVID deaths on Monday, down nearly 90% from the peak.
Very importantly, please note that the last sentence (in bold) was not in this afternoon’s Wheeling News-Register. Why? Probably because by the end of last week, we had long blown past the 308 daily figure. Yesterday, for example, the United States had 676 deaths from the coronavirus.
Enough. The nation is not doing well and it is getting worse – thanks, in part, to our president, columnists like McCaughey, and our local Ogden “newspapers” – all of whom ignore the reality of the virus to push the “open the economy” agenda regardless of the consequences.