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Leftist Vox Told Readers Not To Use Masks, But Not Before Co-Founder Made Sure He Got His

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Matthew Yglesias, one of the co-founders of liberal outlet Vox, has some explaining to do on masks.

Vox, like everyone else, was pretty much spouting the same advice just a few weeks ago: Don’t buy surgical masks. They were supposed to be useless in preventing coronavirus from spreading, we were told.

In fact, as part of a Twitter thread from the digital rag early in March, they advised against them.

The first piece of advice in the thread was about washing your hands.

The second piece: “Oh, and face masks? You can pass on them. Masks are only useful if you have a respiratory infection already and want to limit the risk of spreading, or if you’re working in a hospital in direct contact with people who have respiratory illnesses.”

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Yglesias had not only discouraged the use of face masks but seemed to actively call for them to be “rationed” if that was necessary to protect health care workers’ access to them:

As you may know by now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed its guidance on wearing face masks Friday.

One day before that, Yglesias had a message for his followers: He was having issues wearing the face mask he assumedly bought on the free market:

Well, I mean, surely he got lucky amid the panic buyers across the nation and managed to score himself some incredibly scarce surgical masks, right?

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In February. Hrm.

Yglesias isn’t the most popular person on social media at the moment, as you can no doubt imagine.

Yglesias had an explanation for this, since of course he did:

“Obviously?” Your publication was parroting that guidance!

Do you think Yglesias is a hypocrite?

Vox was telling people in early March that they didn’t need to wear face masks when you had bought yours the month prior.

Now that we’ve cleared all that up, got advice for his problem, folks? Those glasses aren’t gonna de-fog themselves, after all.

How expendable does Yglesias think the plebes are?

When it comes to the original guidance Vox gave on masks, who knows how much input he had on it? He’s not a health reporter, but he is on the editorial team.

I would thus assume he certainly knew of his publication’s position on the matter.

He’d also made it a point to say that if the masks needed to be used for medical professionals, they should be rationed. Except in his case, of course.

The tone-deafness of his first tweet was astounding, particularly in light of what Vox had to say about the masks and the fact one can’t be had for love or (especially) money these days. Yeah, he was into face masks before they were cool.

And then, after that landed with a thud, he responded with a tweet that really needed a shrug emoji and “#sorrynotsorry” appended on it.

“Since everyone is feeling chippy these days,” Matt?

I wonder why that is.

Perhaps you can elucidate your theories on this strange conundrum.

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
Birthplace
Morristown, New Jersey
Education
Catholic University of America
Languages Spoken
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American Politics, World Politics, Culture




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