Jake Tapper attends Politicon at The Pasadena Convention Center on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2017, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Colin Young-Wolff/Invision/AP)
CNN just can’t seem to help themselves spreading loads of nonsense.
Watch Jake Tapper ask Dr. Sanjay Gupta about why the U.S. is so awful with the Wuhan coronavirus, why with 4.25% of world population, do we have 17% of coronavirus deaths?
— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) April 9, 2020
First, I suppose it’s good thing he didn’t ask Gupta to look at an X-ray, because that might have prompted more laughing.
Are we to assume that Tapper doesn’t understand statistics or per capita? Or is he just trying to feed the narrative to make everything sound worse, whatever the reality.
But as one Twitter user noted, Italy has 0.8% of the world population, 19% of the deaths, Spain has 0.6% of the world population, 16% of the deaths France has 0.8% of the world population, 12% of the deaths. All of them combined are less than half the US population. So no, the U.S. is not the worst.
Gupta blames us “being late” then cites Italy as locking down their society as seemingly an example of success. But Italy is hardly a success as we noted above, we are actually doing better, with fewer deaths as well as deaths per capita. Indeed we are lower than all the above countries mentioned in deaths per million.
What they also leave out is the huge lies told by China with likely thousands more deaths on huge order of magnitude, not to mention Iran’s numbers which are likely juiced as well. Even Italy, while no doubt much more honest in their count, isn’t counting people who die in their home, reportedly. Meanwhile our count of who is “dying” from the virus is apparently very liberal, counting anyone who had it at the time of death as well as counting “presumed” cases.
Now too, the curve is flattening and the predicted numbers of deaths are being readjusted, the predictions have been scaled down to 60,000 which while still significant is now into “bad flu season” range, albeit over the whole flu season. We’re about 18,000 at this point.
Yet Tapper and Gupta are there spinning away. Do they wonder why they aren’t trusted?