Death Of Vaccinated Colin Powell Tripped Up MSNBC’s Pandemic Porn Peddlers

Death Of Vaccinated Colin Powell Tripped Up MSNBC’s Pandemic Porn Peddlers

It would be a shock if every single person watching MSNBC the day Gen. Colin Powell died doesn’t have a sore neck from whiplash.

The way the channel shifted its coverage from, “This is another sad reminder of COVID’s devastating impact” to, “Wait, no, this isn’t really a COVID death, he was vaccinated, now go get your boosters!” was really something to marvel at. It perfectly encapsulated the way that pandemic-loving news media both want to push the vaccines on everyone while at the same time insist that we must keep living in a hysterical state of fear (lockdowns and restrictions) forever.

News of Powell’s death first broke on MSNBC at the top of the 8 a.m. hour, at which point Mika Brzezinski reported, “Politician, diplomat, four-star Gen. Colin Powell has died of COVID-related complications.”

For the next hour, an on-screen graphic flashed the bulletin that Powell, a former secretary of state, died “of COVID complications.” Well into the 12 p.m. hour, the graphic still blared that Powell had passed from “COVID complications at age 84.”

Cue NBC’s White House correspondent Kelly O’Donnell, who finally got around to mentioning that Powell’s medical history included Parkinson’s disease and multiple myeloma, a severe blood cell cancer. (He was also diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2003.) O’Donnell nonetheless went on to describe “the breakthrough case [of COVID] that took the life of a really remarkable American statesman.”

Somebody in the control room must have then decided it was time to pump the brakes on the pandemic porn. The conversation suddenly began to emphasize Powell having been vaccinated against COVID and the extensive health issues he had otherwise. Andrea Mitchell chimed to say, “The fact that [Powell] died from COVID-19, even though he was fully vaccinated, but he had those underlying conditions which did compromise his immune system.”

Josh Lederman, one of NBC’s other political correspondents, re-affirmed. “This is a man who had struggled for some time with many health problems,” he chirped back to Mitchell, “including that bout with prostate cancer.” He added, “With his more recent multiple myeloma … we know that that put him at increased risk for severe COVID.”

Then the kicker: “[It’s] the latest reminder,” said Lederman, “for why folks should make sure to go and get those booster shots, particularly if they may be immuno-compromised.”

In the span of a morning we went from, “Another life tragically claimed by COVID” to, “Actually, this wasn’t so much about COVID, and don’t let this dissuade you from getting a shot! Get two! Mix and match!”

We’ve reached the point where the pandemic-loving media are losing track of how exactly they’re supposed to cover COVID. The flow chart has gotten too complicated:

Prominent person X dies, supposedly of COVID. Was he vaccinated? If yes, next ask whether he was a Democrat or Never Trumper. If yes, cover favorably and rationalize the death of said vaccinated person. If not vaccinated, relate the death to Trump and cover negatively. In all cases, promote vaccines and continued COVID vigilance. In no cases, question vaccine efficacy. In some cases, pursue further political angles, but not if the person is an ethnic minority.

The longer we go, the more absurd it gets. Powell is just “the latest reminder.”

Eddie Scarry is the D.C. columnist at The Federalist and author of "Privileged Victims: How America's Culture Fascists Hijacked the Country and Elevated Its Worst People."
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