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Hannity kills.

More accurately, DOWNPLAYING THE PANDEMIC POTENTIAL in Jan/Feb/March led to deaths.

And to tone-policing folks who made my family’s life miserable by harassing me/my family for me trying to warn in January.

Clearly “it’s just the flu” message led to deaths.

National Bureau of Economic Research: areas with greater exposure to Sean Hannity, who downplayed the severity of the pandemic, suffered more cases and deaths than areas with greater exposure to Tucker Carlson who took a more realistic approach.

Misinformation During a Pandemic
Leonardo Bursztyn, Aakaash Rao, Christopher P. Roth, David H. Yanagizawa-Drott
NBER Working Paper No. 27417
Issued in June 2020, Revised in September 2020

Media outlets often present diverging, even conflicting, perspectives on reality — not only informing, but potentially misinforming audiences. We study the extent to which misinformation broadcast on mass media at the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic influenced health outcomes. We first document large differences in content between the two most popular cable news shows in the US, both on the same network, and in the adoption of preventative behaviors among viewers of these shows. Through both a selection-on-observables strategy and an instrumental variable approach, we find that areas with greater exposure to the show downplaying the threat of COVID-19 experienced a greater number of cases and deaths. We assess magnitudes through an epidemiological model highlighting the role of externalities and provide evidence that contemporaneous information exposure is a key underlying mechanism.

Study: https://nber.org/papers/w27417


NAS and NAM Presidents Alarmed By Political Interference in Science Amid Pandemic
Statement | September 24, 2020
As advisers to the nation on all matters of science, medicine, and public health, we are compelled to underscore the value of science-based decision-making at all levels of government. Our nation is at a critical time in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic with important decisions ahead of us, especially concerning the efficacy and safety of vaccines. Policymaking must be informed by the best available evidence without it being distorted, concealed, or otherwise deliberately miscommunicated. We find ongoing reports and incidents of the politicization of science, particularly the overriding of evidence and advice from public health officials and derision of government scientists, to be alarming. It undermines the credibility of public health agencies and the public’s confidence in them when we need it most. Ending the pandemic will require decision-making that is not only based on science but also sufficiently transparent to ensure public trust in, and adherence to, sound public-health instructions. Any efforts to discredit the best science and scientists threaten the health and welfare of us all.

Marcia McNutt
President, National Academy of Sciences

Victor J. Dzau
President, National Academy of Medicine


Richard Scarry's Busy, Busy Day in Trump's America


Pelosi/MSNBC: "Breonna Taylor, Breonna Taylor, Breonna Taylor. Say her name."


Kenosha gunman Kyle Rittenhouse hit with federal civil rights lawsuit as he awaits trial

...The suit, filed by four people, claims Rittenhouse, militia groups, and other individuals violated their constitutional right to protest by using intimidation while inflicting emotional distress and physical harm....

...The suit was filed on behalf of Hannah Gitting, who was the partner of one of Rittenhouse’s victims, Anthony Huber, and three others who were at the protests that day.

Aside from damages, the plaintiffs are seeking an injunction preventing Facebook from “violating its own policies that are supposed to prevent violent rhetoric, militia groups, and other racially motivated hate groups from congregating and interacting on its site.”...


Bumble Bee Seafoods Responds: "Eat em. Don't throw em."


Imagine how distressed all the dead people were

Dr. Birx has told people around her that she is "distressed" with the direction of the task force, describing the situation as nightmarish and adding she is not certain how much longer she can serve in her position


Beautiful & Befitting RBG - NEW YORKER Cover


Planting Their Flag

Annoying dupe, i guess

-Supreme Court
-Race and Violence
-Election Integrity
-Biden's record
-Trump's record


With the help of a compliant press

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