Mike Pence just shut down the media chatter of a so-called “second wave” of the coronavirus.
Pence: Second wave fears “overblown”
Before massive social justice protests changed the topic, the media were preoccupied with a potential “second wave” of coronavirus infection, the likelihood of which they said justified a seemingly endless lockdown — and they’re back on the subject, with reports of an uptick in some states powering the narrative.
But the vice president said that the media is engaging in predictable fear-mongering that has more to do with their cynical motives than reality.
“While talk of an increase in cases dominates cable news coverage, more than half of states are actually seeing cases decline or remain stable,” Pence wrote.
While states like Texas and Arizona have reported an increase in hospitalizations, Pence pointed to broader signs of improvement: the virus is stable or trending down in most states, the average positive testing rate is below 6%, and average death and confirmed case rates are way down from their peaks.
“The media has tried to scare the American people every step of the way, and these grim predictions of a second wave are no different. The truth is, whatever the media says, our whole-of-America approach has been a success,” Pence said.
America moving on
Second wave or not, the Trump administration and governors across the country have maintained that another shutdown is not likely — and after the profound economic disruptions of the first lockdowns, justifying another round of closures to the American people would undoubtedly be a tough sell.
Fatigue with the lockdown and the often contradictory claims of health experts set in long ago. But nothing has done more damage to the credibility of the media and the “experts” they cite than their response to recent civil unrest, which has seen massive crowds take to America’s streets with little pushback from the very same media stoking fears of a “second wave.”
As media outlets try to have it both ways, they really can’t complain if the American people don’t take their warnings very seriously.
The country is clearly ready to move on.