#H1N1

Crass

Crass. In New York’s Times Square a ‘Trump Death Clock‘ tabulates the tragedy of those who have succumbed to coronavirus on a 56 foot LED display.

Regardless of how people judge POTUS’ handling/mishandling of the crisis to date, how about some dignity for the dead?

Although filmmaker Eugene Jarecki, the person behind the sign, talked up the importance of documenting preventable COVID19 deaths (he argues had Trump acted on March 9th when only 26 deaths were recorded instead of 87 deaths when he eventually advised people to practice social distancing a week later), where was his ‘Obama Death Clock‘ when the 44th president announced a ‘national emergency‘ on October 24th, 2009, a full 6 months after WHO’s declaration of a Level 5 pandemic when US deaths were over 1,000?

Apart from the rank hypocrisy, we still think showing some respect for those lost is the only appropriate thing to do rather than use it for political point scoring.

If only we could find a cure for both

Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS) reared its ugly head in the attached video. Yes, we get many people hate President Trump. If only the producers actually cared about the facts of what has actually been done in dealing with COVID19 compared to previous pandemics they may have reconsidered. Even if he had managed a perfect delivery the nitpickers would have found fault.

We do not deny that Trump’s unnecessary and flippant deliveries could be more presidential but none of it is remotely out of the bounds of expectations. This is the nature of the beast. Perhaps it would be more concerning if he stepped out of character?

For the record, Trump announced a ‘national emergency‘ on March 13th after 41 deaths had been recorded. WHO had declared a pandemic just two days earlier. Trump had restricted travel from China on January 31st, despite media outrage that this move was based solely on xenophobia. Where have the retractions been now that so many countries are following his lead?

When swine flu (H1N1) got out of control, WHO announced a level 5 pandemic on 29th April, 2009. Obama announced a ‘national emergency‘ on October 24th, 2009, when the death toll was over 1,000. A full 6 months after WHO.

CDC estimated there were 60.8 million cases, 274,304 hospitalizations and 12,469 deaths in the United States due to H1N1. The death toll for coronavirus in the US has just gone north of 4,000.

An estimated 151,700 to 575,400 died from H1N1 worldwide in 2009. 47,000 have died so far from COVID-19. Preventing death by discovering advanced antiviral treatments should be front and centre of the media’s attention, no? Shouldn’t a cure be all that matters?

People’s lives are being materially impacted. Losing loved ones. Being put under financial stress due to job losses. Real-world problems. Yet the social and mainstream media are obsessed with fuelling TDS narratives for purely clickbait purposes. Trust in the media continues to slide.

Ironic that Trump’s approval rating continues to climb despite the media onslaught.

Whether the media wants to confect stories of a rift between Trump and Dr Fauci or drum up racist narratives, all of it takes priority over finding a solution. 

Perhaps the producers might make a video about the Democrats trying to block an emergency $2 trillion rescue package unless aircraft emissions standards, corporate board diversity targets or wind/solar tax credits were included. Who knew the latest March 2020 Gallup ‘Trust in Congress’ poll fell to 22% from 27% in December?

Perhaps we will have journalistic integrity when the media learn to love America more than they hate Trump.