Washington Post Admits Liberal Media Blew It with Overblown COVID Coverage


The Washington Post published an article Tuesday in which it was silently surrendered that media hysteria last spring misled people about the risks of going outdoors in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic.

Remember all of the COVID-19 panic when people dared to enjoy time in the sun in places such as Missouri and Florida?

Remember when liberal media outlets wanted us to make Memorial Day celebrations a distant memory?

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Remember when CNN tried to make Independence Day about Americans being dependent on its coverage to guide our lives?

At least some people at The Post remembered, and they corrected the mainstream media’s fear-peddling. Although the correction is a year late, it is preferable to have it late rather than never.

“A year into the pandemic, it’s even more clear that it’s safer to be outside,” the article proclaimed in a headline telling many people what they already knew.

Washington Post reporters Karin Brulliard and Lenny Bernstein concluded that being outdoors around others in the sunshine and the elements is safer than hunkering down, turning on the TV and breathing into a paper bag while lathered in hand sanitizer.

“For more than a year, the vast majority of documented coronavirus clusters have been linked to indoor or indoor-outdoor settings — households, meatpacking plants, nursing homes and restaurants,” they wrote. “Near-absent are examples of transmission at beaches and other open spaces where breezes disperse airborne particles, distancing is easier, and humidity and sunlight render the coronavirus less viable.”

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The Post mentioned the much-publicized Memorial Day weekend gathering at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri — which CNN and probably many of its viewers seemingly hoped would be a mass casualty event.

Those festivities didn’t have a Jonestown-esque body count, and when it became apparent there wouldn’t be one, the narrative was quietly dropped.

CNN wasn’t alone in pushing fear about going outside, but it was arguably the loudest. In that same week, the network would move on to bigger fish when George Floyd died while in police custody in Minneapolis, and CNN pivoted to stoking race riots and encouraging leftists with molotov cocktails to gather in America’s cities to burn and loot.

Kudos to The Post for following up on the gatherings in Missouri.

“Randall Williams, director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, said an extensive tracing effort found no major coronavirus clusters connected to the weekend, though a few individuals were infected,” Brulliard and Bernstein reported.

“From that event that attracted national attention, we didn’t see any kind of spreader or superspreader even,” Williams said.

The Post also invoked then-controversial outdoor gatherings in Clearwater Beach, Florida, last year.

“[P]hotos of Clearwater Beach, Fla., went viral last spring: people crowded on the sand, seemingly unconcerned about the deadly new contagion coursing across the world. Local officials, accused of fueling a public health crisis, quickly shut 35 miles of county beaches and left them closed for weeks,” the report said.

“What a difference a year makes. The beaches were even busier this year, but officials say there were no talks of closure. There was also far less outcry.”

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Brulliard and Bernstein concluded that was for “good reason.”

“Evidence that the coronavirus transmitted less effectively outside emerged early in the pandemic. And as the nation settles into its second year with the virus, that understanding is increasingly recognized in public policies,” the report said.

“Ballparks are welcoming fans. Open-air graduations and county fairs are being planned. Outdoor gathering limits are rising or being dropped altogether. The playgrounds and public lands that were off-limits last spring are mostly open.”

It was always obvious when looking at early data and using common sense that sun-filled, open-air environments were much less conducive to the spread of the coronavirus.

It’s nice to have The Post join the party, even if it’s late.

Big government tyrants have spent a year attempting to lock people down, and they still want us all crammed in confined spaces, out of shape and Vitamin D deficient (not to mention disarmed).

Any help with pushing back at future anti-science lockdowns, which The Post is offering here, is much welcomed.

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Johnathan Jones has worked as a reporter, an editor, and producer in radio, television and digital media.
Johnathan "Kipp" Jones has worked as an editor and producer in radio and television. He is a proud husband and father.