There have been a few consistent points that many of those who post at American Thinker have been making. The main point is that the media are deliberately fomenting panic. They do this partly because that’s the nature of media (“if it bleeds, it leads”) and partly because most members of America’s media are Trump-haters. They would willingly send America into an economic nosedive if it meant routing Trump from the White House.
Still, another thing we’ve been highlighting here is that media members are innumerates. They glom onto whatever large, scary, Trump-injuring numbers come their way, and then they run with those numbers.
When it comes to coronavirus, American Thinker writers have been pointing out
- That coronavirus is a serious disease that moves quickly through society and preys cruelly on the aged, the unhealthy, and the unlucky.
- That the numbers from China are inherently suspect so that, as more data come in from other regions, China’s numbers should receive less credence.
- That countries with socialized medicine systems respond poorly to the coronavirus because, even when they’re not in a dangerous pandemic, they always ration care, a practice that escalates as demand increases. Additionally, with socialized medicine, the government calls the shots, making the systems inflexible.
- That the initially stated mortality rate was almost certainly too high because the denominator — that is, the number of those known to have the coronavirus — initially consisted only of those who were very sick. As testing increased and people with no symptoms or minimal symptoms started getting diagnosed, the mortality rate dropped.
- That President Trump’s partnering with the private sector would be the fastest and best way to cut through shortages of everything from masks to ventilators to sanitizer.
- That the most heavily hit regions would be Democrat enclaves because Democrats have instituted policies that are breeding grounds for coronavirus: densely packed populations, crowded public transportation, re-usable bags, and putting wokeness (such as attending huge Chinatown festivals in New York to protest Trump’s order closing flights from China) ahead of common sense.
- That the coronavirus infects quickly, which can easily overwhelm health care systems, but ultimately, it does not seem to have a mortality rate that is hugely higher than the more slow-moving annual influenza.
Each of these positions falls into the category of information that the mainstream journalists classify as false. After all, information is of no use to them if it doesn’t provide drama, death, and a Democrat election victory in November 2020. However, over time, all of American Thinker’s primary positions have proven to be more accurate than otherwise. read more