Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Now the Media Will Try to Pin Deaths and Despair from the Lockdown on Trump -- After He Warned Them

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It would seem that when Well Being Trust tells CNN that there will be a loss of life due to ‘coronavirus despair’, they actually believe it. Because when President Trump repeatedly referenced deaths from suicide and substance abuse as the result of continued lockdowns and economic struggle, corporate media made it political. Here is the execrable Maggie Haberman assuring her readers at The New York Times that Trump and Republicans were just worried about the economy because it was an election year. Here’s the equally partisan Oliver Darcy accusing Fox News of carrying the president’s water to get the economy back on track. The Hill also pitched the president’s desire to keep the economy running as his primary pitch for reelection.
However, when the President himself was questioned about the statement in daily briefings, he could not have been clearer. He talked about an increase in suicides, increases in drug-related deaths, and domestic abuse. The media discounted these comments.
The U-turn CNN makes with this new information is pretty astonishing. Well Being Trust describes their mission as a national foundation dedicated to advancing the mental, social and spiritual health of the nation. According to the article (emphasis mine):
As many as 75,000 Americans could die because of drug or alcohol misuse and suicide as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, according to an analysis conducted by the national public health group Well Being Trust.
The group is sounding the alarm that the growing unemployment crisis, economic downturns and stress caused by isolation and lack of a definitive end date for the pandemic could significantly increase so-called “deaths of despair” unless local, state and federal authorities take action.
“Unless we get comprehensive federal, state, and local resources behind improving access to high quality mental health treatments and community supports, I worry we’re likely to see things get far worse when it comes to substance misuse and suicide,” Well Being Trust’s chief strategy officer Dr. Benjamin F. Miller told CNN.
This is the exact same assertion President Trump made during multiple press briefings when the lemmings in the White House Press Corps challenged him on these comments. --->
Read the rest from Stacey Lennox HERE.

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