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Welp, new head honcho Chris Licht or not, CNN — AKA: The Most Trusted Name in News™ — just can’t seem to stop reverting to its old left-wing, lapdog self. As we reported on Friday, the still-embattled “news” outlet “interviewed” a transgender woman who suggested that the suspect who killed five people at a Colorado LGBT club couldn’t be “non-binary,” as he/she/they claimed, because he’s a man.
Now, CNN claims, after the U.S. rolled back the clocks one hour earlier in November to observe the end of Daylight Saving Time, many people got a bit more sleep than usual — but “some” not as much as others.
Any guesses? Let’s go straight to CNN for some hard-hitting nonsense:
Growing evidence shows that lack of sleep and sleep disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea, remain more prevalent in Black, Asian, and Hispanic or Latino communities, and these inequities can have long-term detrimental implications for physical health, even raising the risk of certain chronic diseases.
Meanwhile, Daylight Saving Time itself – enacted in the US to reduce electricity usage by extending daylight hours – has long been controversial in the United States.
How clever. Conflating two mutually exclusive issues in an attempt to bolster the absurd argument that Daylight Saving Time is somehow “racist.” But, hey — CNN gonna CNN.
Next up, CNN’s “expert” proof sources, beginning with Dr. Beth Malow, professor of neurology and pediatrics, and director of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Sleep Division in Nashville:
Daylight saving time is associated with increased risks of sleep loss, circadian misalignment, and adverse health consequences.
Okay, fine. I buy that. But where does the “racist” part come in?
According to CNN, “some researchers” worry about the potential effects that continuing to change Standard Time twice each year may have on “sleep health inequities.” Call me “systemically racist,” but I don’t understand. Please explain.
Chandra Jackson, a researcher, and epidemiologist with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, has been studying “racial” and “ethnic disparities in sleep”:
Poor sleep is associated with a host of poor health outcomes, including obesity, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and certain cancers, including of the breast and colon.
Many of these health outcomes are more prevalent in the Black population. Experimental, as well as observational studies, have linked sleep to these health outcomes. Therefore, sleep could be an important contributor.
Wait — doesn’t it make more sense to research why members of the black community are more prone to the above diseases, and work to educate those afflicted about the importance of personal health care, including diet, exercise, and other issues that might lead to poor health?
Intellectually, of course, it does. But from a narrative perspective, pushed by CNN and others to “prove,” with yet another “example,” of racism in America, of course, it doesn’t.
In summary, CNN “expertly” concluded:
As for the inequities seen in sleep health, it’s not that White adults don’t also experience a lack of sleep and its health consequences – but people of color appear to disproportionately experience them more, and that’s believed to be largely due to social systems in the United States.
Uh-huh. Just like “climate change” — AKA: “The existential threat to mankind” — disproportionately harms people of color. If so, as we’ve seen for nearly two years, soaring inflation, including gas prices, has been the real culprit disproportionately affecting all lower-income people (which is what this is really about, hence “wealth redistribution”), regardless of race or ethnicity.
Incidentally, as I reported in February, the city of Seattle even cited “racial equity” as a reason to rescind its bicycle helmet law. As a longtime cyclist who probably wouldn’t be here writing this article if I hadn’t been wearing a helmet on a vigorous ride, a number of years ago, this is complete madness.
The Bottom Line
To be sure, there do exist various inequities in all societies — and there likely always will be — that affect different groups of people in different ways. But the left’s penchant for piling on “example” after “example” of so-called systemic racism in America serves only to hurt their credibility — not strengthen it.