DANIEL VAUGHAN: CNN nukes credibility on Biden administration and vaccine rollout

Trust is something that is earned, not given. And once trust is lost, it’s tough to win it back.

Lost trust requires hard work to regain, especially from institutions. We live in an environment where the public is losing all kinds of confidence in the media. What journalists don’t realize is that this lost trust is their fault, not the public. It’s the job of journalists to win trust back.

Instead, national journalists, in particular, seem resolved to destroy as much public trust as possible. CNN helped destroy that trust further by uncritically repeating a straight-up lie from both Joe Biden and anonymous Biden administration officials claiming the vaccination rollout was a “dismal failure,” the Trump administration left “no plan,” and the Biden administration was having to “start from scratch.”

That story went up Thursday morning, and CNN repeated it ad nauseam on their various cable news shows.

And then the press conferences happened. One of the reporters asked Dr. Anthony Fauci about those comments, and he said, “We certainly are not starting from scratch… You can’t say it was absolutely not usable at all.”

That man might know a thing or two, since he was part of the team that helped build and sell the vaccination rollout plan America uses — a program so effective that it’s already on pace to hit the “100 million doses in 100 days” line being sold by Biden and his media enablers as “ambitious.”

According to numbers put together by Bloomberg, at the end of the day on Jan. 21, the day this press conference occurred, the United States had administered 18.4 million shots of the two COVID-19 vaccinations on the market. A reported 5.6 doses have been administered for every 100 people, and 49% of the shots distributed to states have been given out for free. The seven-day average for vaccinations sits at 940,000 a day, which will quickly bring us to the Biden goal (which is why his administration set it).

Globally, 56.7 million shots have been administered in all countries, meaning that 32.5% of all doses fulfilled globally have occurred in the United States, or one in three. In terms of raw totals of doses administered, the United States is the leader in the world.

It has given out more than any other country, and it’s not even close. The next country listed, China, has a barely usable vaccine, and there’s no proof they’re telling the truth on any of their numbers.

The United States is a top-five leader country on a per-capita basis of administering the vaccine too. The countries ahead of it, Israel, Bahrain, and the UAE, are all small and dense. It’s far easier to reach all your citizens in a little place like that. The other country ahead of the United States is the United Kingdom, a smaller island country.

In other words, the United States is, once again, leading the world in defeating the coronavirus, and the media is addicted to fear-mongering instead of noting the massive strides and successes we’re having.

The Biden administration told a lie on the vaccine rollout. CNN repeated it uncritically, even when all you had to do is glance at current vaccination rates globally and know it was a lie. As Yuval Levin notes, “the Trump team, which actually did have to start from scratch, is leaving the Biden team a system that has basically already reached the pace that Biden has set as a goal.”

It’s even better than that, though. New cases in the United States peaked on Jan. 8, 2021, at nearly 300,000. Compared to the numbers on Jan. 21, the recent cases have dropped by 36% across the country. Axios, reporting these numbers, headlined their story: “New coronavirus cases down, but more bad news ahead.”

And journalists wonder why no one trusts them.

A report on trust in the media found:

56% of Americans agree with the statement that “Journalists and reporters are purposely trying to mislead people by saying things they know are false or gross exaggerations.” 58% think that “most news organizations are more concerned with supporting an ideology or political position than with informing the public.”

When you see journalists from CNN uncritically repeat lies from the Biden administration, it’s hard to refute those feelings from Americans. They agree with those statements because there’s more fire there than smoke.

The COVID-19 pandemic has pressured all institutions even further. The trust that does exist has been tested.

National journalists, in particular, are hammering away with every negative story they can on the virus. That’s true even when we’re in weeks like right now when all the numbers and trend-lines point in an unambiguously positive direction.

We still have a long way to defeat the novel coronavirus, but we’re making substantial headway. No one is starting from scratch in defeating it. However, many national journalists will have to start from scratch in repairing the trust between the press and the public. That relationship is getting torn asunder, and there’s little evidence anyone is working to improve it.