Mainstream Media Silent on Florida’s Drastic Drop in COVID Cases

Florida’s governor, Ron DeSantis has long held the spotlight in press coverage when it comes to his hands-off approach to the pandemic. DeSantis drew sharp criticism last year when he announced relaxed measures in controlling the spread of the virus, to include outlawing unscientific mask mandates in schools, allowing instead for parents to decide whether or not to mask their children. Just last month, Vanity Fair published a scathing review of DeSantis’s handling of the pandemic of late. The author referred to DeSantis as an “angel of death” and described him as either ignorant or careless in regards to how the coronavirus spreads. Other outlets likewise hailed DeSantis as “COVID reckless.” 

One month later, however, and the media remains suddenly silent on the recent drop in Florida case counts. According to the New York Times’ COVID tracker, Florida has seen a whopping 41% plunge in daily cases over the last 14 days. This compares to just a 7% drop in cases over the same time period in New York, a state known for some of the most restrictive COVID policies in the nation and one that boasts a higher vaccination rate than that of Florida. In fact, as of Thursday, Florida ranks among the top four in lowest cases with 11 in 100,000, handily beating New York’s 23. 

Yet same columnists who so vehemently railed against the “Republican death cult” have nothing to say about Florida’s sudden drop in cases. To be sure, a comprehensive look at the data reveals that Florida ranks among the highest in the country for average number of daily deaths per 100,000. The state’s downward trend in cases cannot necessarily be attributed to DeSantis’s widely criticized stand against vaccine mandates. Yet, what exactly accounts for Florida’s distinct dip in case counts over the last two weeks? If a state’s COVID numbers are directly related to policies and politics, then the media would be right to extend its censure of the governors of states seeing a far less significant decline in cases. Whether bad policies are to blame or not, the media remains interested only in assigning blame when it aligns with their narrative. 

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Aly is a military spouse and mom to two. She has a special interest in international security and foreign affairs, having lived overseas, worked with Sister Cities International and served as a commissioning editor for an international relations website. Aly holds a Masters in Global Studies and International Relations from Northeastern University and currently resides in Tennessee.
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5 thoughts on “Mainstream Media Silent on Florida’s Drastic Drop in COVID Cases”

  1. Your last sentence is spot on; “whether bad policies are to blame or not, the media remains interested only in assigning blame when it aligns with their narrative”. If more people would wake up and realize ( or acknowledge) that they are being told only the part of the story that the media has determined is what you need to know. Sadly most people are happy to live in their bubble and listen to ONLY the information with which they agree.

  2. That is because the media is controlled by the democrats. And the Democrats run a coup on our government for a domestic Terrorist Take over of our Country. As well as the Labor unions they are all Terrorist and should be arrested and held for military court for treason

  3. I wouldn’t say DeSantis has been hands off. He’s followed the data and dedicated more resources to protecting the elderly, while allowing Herd Immunity to develop among the younger crowd. Restrictions do nothing but postpone the inevitable, creating even more problems by confining people to closed-in spaces and drawing out the spread.

    He has also created stations throughout the state where monoclonal antibodies and other therapeutics can be used to treat early symptoms. Unlike other states that prohibit and threaten Dr.s for using certain therapeutics, DeSantis has allowed Dr’s to actually practice medicine without fear of retribution. Aside from the Delta spike, Florida has remained below the norms despite fewer restrictions.

  4. what’s with this “this suthor” crap? the left is anxious to publish names of those on the right when they are calling them out … rightly or wrongly. Let them stew in their own juices. Fight back!