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Protesters loot and vandalize a Starbucks as they clash with police officers during a protest in downtown Los Angeles, Friday, May 29, 2020. Protests have been erupting all over the country after George Floyd died earlier this week in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Christian Monterrosa)

So how insane has the rhetoric become on MSNBC and other so-called “mainstream” media news outlets as their concern continues over both the Wuhan virus and never-ending riots? This insane:

During an appearance on “Deadline: White House,” MSNBC medical contributor Kavita Patel, a primary care physician who also served in the Obama administration, told host Nicolle Wallace that protesters should continue to express their “concerns” and “outrage” because… wait for it… “racism is a public health issue just as much as COVID-19.”

Wallace:

I ask every expert like yourself that comes on — I think I’ve already asked you this question — obviously a once-in-a-generation moment, here, to seek out some real change in the area of racial justice and police reform. What is your hope, or what is your advice for people exercising their right to protest in this moment?

Wait. Patel is a medical professional. Why is Wallace asking a medical professional to share her advice on “racial justice” and the “protests”? Precisely to give Patel the platform to say exactly what she said.

Patel:

We need to be out there more to actually offer testing, to let the very communities that we have neglected in this crisis know that there is a safe place where they can get testing, it’s free and that we can help to understand how if you can’t socially isolate at home because you live with five other people in a one-bedroom apartment, then that’s our — that’s on us, Nicolle.

We need to figure out how to facilitate our country from expressing their concerns, their outrage, frankly, and acknowledging that racism is a public health issue just as much as COVID is.

Can you imagine going to your primary care physician because of your concerns about a serious communicable disease, and the doc tells you it’s okay to expose yourself to large groups of strangers — “expressing your outrage” as it were — as the health crisis continues? Because “racism” is just as much a “public health issue” as is COVID-19?

How long would it take you to fire that doctor?

Here’s the thing. Regardless of Wallace’s segment with Patel, in which she asked leading questions in search of desired answers, MSNBC and its select guests continue to hyperventilate over the virus, as we speak.

  • Infectious disease expert Dr. Michael Osterholm told “11th Hour” host Brian Williams on Tuesday that it’s “ridiculous and dangerous” to think the Wuhan virus is “behind us.”
  • Dr. Philip Ozuah told “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough on Wednesday that “as the head of a major hospital, I fought the coronavirus. As a black man, I fight racism.'”
  • Also on Wednesday, former FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb not only said on “Morning Joe” that COVID-19 is still spreading; he predicted that the country will see infections coming from protests and that the fight against the virus will be a long haul.

Quite a conundrum, huh?

On one hand, Democrats and their liberal media lapdogs have George Floyd and the continuing violence to exploit, ad nauseam. On the other hand, the Wuhan virus can still be milked. Then again, encouraging the ongoing protests might exacerbate the virus “crisis.”

So what’s a “responsible” news outlet like MSNBC to do?

Push both, of course. And as Dr. Patel and other MSNBC medical professionals appear to suggest, “the public health issue” of “racism” trumps COVID — every time. Double entendre? You betcha.

Mike Miller
Political junkie. Former senior writer and editor at Independent Journal Review. Embraces objectivity, rejects hypocrisy. Insufferable pizza snob.
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