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President Donald Trump gestures as he speaks at his Black Voices for Trump rally Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

How hypocritical can media be?

Well, we’ve certainly seen a lot of it when it comes to media’s coverage of the recent protests in the wake of the death of George Floyd versus any other public gathering when it comes to the coronavirus.

The same media who just a couple of weeks before had screamed and tried to shame lockdown protesters protesting to save their jobs and be able to feed their families, casting them as wanting to “kill Grandma” and contending that they all should give up their rights to healthcare if they got sick.

But when it came to the recent protests, for many in media, there was none of that criticism.

Perhaps nothing encapsulated that hypocrisy more than two tweets from NBC and, for extra irony, made about an hour apart from each other.

The first tweet was about a massive protest in Brooklyn, with what appeared to be hundreds if not thousands of people all packed together very tightly in the Brooklyn Museum Plaza. “Rally for Black trans lives draws packed crowd to Brooklyn Museum plaza,” it said. Then, about an hour later, came a tweet about a Trump rally, “President Trump plans to rally his supporters next Saturday for the first time since most of the country was shuttered by the coronavirus. But health experts are questioning that decision.”

So why the difference?

Sorry, folks. Everyone who wasn’t allowed to congregate at all outside, go to outside church, funeral, burial, too bad.

NBC wasn’t the only one, this was about half an hour apart.

Even CNN’s Brian Stelter got there was a basic problem with this media dichotomy being pushed.

But Democrats have pushed this nonsensical split, too.

From Fox News:

Rep. Val Demings, D. Fla., last week, told her Twitter followers that she would join a rally “to speak with our community as America grieves.” A few days later, she came out against Trump’s plan to hold rallies and called the decision “irresponsible and selfish.”

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo had previously lashed out at protesters calling to reopen the state, saying, “you have no right to jeopardize my health … and my children’s health and your children’s health.”

Cuomo said he now “stands” with those defying stay-at-home orders: “Nobody is sanctioning the arson, and the thuggery and the burglaries, but the protesters and the anger and the fear and the frustration? Yes. Yes, and the demand is for justice.”

Here’s the thing: the virus doesn’t care about your purpose. So either it is a question to account for or it isn’t. Either we treat everyone like adults capable of assessing the risk and responding appropriately or we do not. Media needs to dispense with this ridiculous dichotomy.