Judging by what we see in the mainstream media these days, you would think that the nation is hotly divided as to what to do next during this global pandemic.
That’s because the media tends to dwell on stereotypes – the lowest common denominator – because it simplifies the issue into an issue of Team A versus Team B. This occurs even when the answer is a far more complex and shaded tapestry of ideas.
In the case of Americans who are protesting their states’ “lockdown” orders, one would think that these alleged freedom fighters would be one the side of the White House.
Amid growing unrest in several states about the ongoing lockdown, Dr. Anthony Fauci is urging protesters not to demonstrate, and arguing that a premature reopening would “backfire.”
Appearing on Good Morning America Monday, George Stephanopoulos asked the infectious disease expert what his message is for those who have been protesting.
“I think the message is that, clearly, this is something that is hurting from the standpoint of economics, from the standpoint of things that have nothing to do with the virus,” Fauci said. “But unless we get the virus under control, the real recovery, economically, is not going to happen.”
Earlier in the interview, Fauci said that there are currently enough coronavirus tests for most states to reach phase one of the White House’s reopening protocol — despite protests from some governors to the contrary. Nonetheless, Fauci warned against a haphazard reopening.
Fauci is considered the nation’s leading expert on infection disease, and is a key member of the White House coronavirus task force, and his repeatedly stated opinion on the matter seems to defy the media stereotype that these protests are Trumpian in nature.