Virulent social panic

Terry Jones: Time To End Coronavirus Hysteria And Focus On Saving Some Lives – “These are people who would rather get rid of Trump than save your life. Please remember that.

John Merline: A Tale Of Two Pandemics: Media Downplayed Swine Flu Outbreak Under Obama – “When the WHO declared the swine flu “unstoppable” on June 11, 2009, CNN didn’t even lead with that story on its homepage. It was in a pile of links on the side of the page.

Douglas MacKinnon: The Media-Induced Coronavirus Panic Is Worse Than The Disease – “In addition to the massive financial loss to our nation and the world is the haunting psychological trauma inflicted on untold millions now terrorized by the prospect of getting the virus.”

Roger Kimball: COVID-19 is terrifying — as a weapon of political propaganda – “The Wuhan Panic is a textbook case of the Rahm Emanuel principle that you never want a good crisis to go to waste.”

Matt Margolis: Joe Biden Blasts Trump’s Coronavirus Response, Then Plagiarizes Trump’s Plan – “Hey, guess what happened in January while Democrats were all focused on impeachment? The Trump administration fast-tracked the development of a vaccine with the goal of clinical trials to begin within months.” … “Plagiarism is hardly a new thing for Joe Biden, but this example truly takes the cake.

Steven Hayward: The Great Toilet Paper Pandemic of 2020 (And TWiP Preview) – “This shows how crazy ideas (like socialism) can be more contagious than a virus. Talk about epidemiology: how does the idea that you need to hoard toilet paper get started and spread? How, exactly, does a big supply of toilet paper help you ward off a virus? Has circulation of the New York Times fallen so low that you feel compelled to stock up on toilet paper?

neo: It literally represents an exponential existential threat – “Have you noticed that these three words – “literally,” “exponential,” and “existential”- have become more popular, while at the same time they’ve nearly lost their original more narrow meanings and have come to be used as mere intensifiers?

Peter Skurkiss: The silver lining in the Wuhan Virus – “The Wuhan Virus is causing major disruptions in the U.S., from the stock market to the economy to social gatherings of all sorts. The virus itself is still not nearly up to the disease standards of the common flu or swine flu, even though the media hype of it has been off the charts.”

Kimberley Strassel: Adam Schiff’s surveillance state – “Mr. Carr doesn’t dispute that Congress may, “in at least some circumstances,” have the legal authority to obtain call records under the Communications Act. The offense, he writes, was denying his targets the right to fight the subpoenas:” … “This history is what made Mr. Schiff’s subpoenas so devious and abusive. He issued them secretly. He didn’t notify his targets, and Republican committee members were barred from telling the public what they knew about the subpoenas.

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