CBS Skips Philly Ending Mask Mandate After Week of Spreading Fear Over Rising Cases

Despite nearly a week of stoking fear about COVID-19 after Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle struck down the CDC’s mask mandate on airplanes and public transit, Friday’s CBS MorningsIt was ignored that the City of Philadelphia had removed the mandate for the use of masks, which it reinstated Monday. 

CBS’s omission didn’t stop ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today from covering it with the former fretting about the “face mask whiplash” and defanging of the CDC amid “rising cases numbers.”

GMA Michael Strahan was the co-host and spoke during an opening tease “[m]ore face mask whiplash”Los Angeles created one to travel after Philadelphia dropped it. “confusion mounting this morning…in the face of rising case numbers across the country.”

Whit Johnson, Weekend Co-Host joined the “whiplash” terminology, with Erielle Reshef as the correspondent. Strahan realized that she was worried about while after Strahan had run down all the changes since Thursday night. “Philly officials say the numbers are leveling off there, but numbers are still on the rise across much of the country.”

For her part, Reshef ran down the numbers, but after having tried to paint a grim picture, she pointed out that “deaths” remain “down” (click “expand”):

Over the past week the national new-infection rate has been increasing by 33 percent. Infected states in 35 states have seen an average increase of 10 percent this week. As cases rise, hospitalizations increase as well. This week, admissions are up 7 percent. According to health experts, this is due to a variety of reasons. Masks are being taken off. More variants and less mitigation methods are now available. 

The good news for now is that hospital — despite that rise in the hospitalizations, deaths are down. Michael. Health officials point out that the data we collect from home is more complex and may have higher rates of infection than what we currently have. 

Reshef was also reporting from the 2nd hour. “health experts say there are several factors at play”Rising cases include “[t]he masks are coming off, fewer mitigation measures, and there are more variants circulating.”

Yet, The New York Times’s David Leonhardt notedFriday morning: Many of the most recent mandates regarding masks didn’t do much to prevent the spread of COVID, particularly the omicron form.

NBC’sToday It was much less exaggerated. Co-host Savannah Guthried teased of reporting on “the battle over masks intensifying” and correspondent Morgan Chesky said from Dallas: “What a difference a few days make. Here inside this Dallas terminal, there are plenty of people that are happy to ditch those masks before they board their plans here.”

Highlighting the show’s Thursday interview with the CEO of United (and CNBC’s with the head of American Airlines), Chesky noted the CDC’s desire to preserve precedence for future pandemic, but he also pointed out how reinstituting a mask mandate on planes would be a challenge: “The biggest names in domestic air travel standing firm on no mandated masks in the sky.”

There are many Earth Day segments. CBS MorningsWe were able to find the time and effort to address a Study that tried (and failed) to perfectly cut in half the filling of Oreo’s.

ABC’s Friday morning dose of COVID fear was brought to you by advertisers such as Carmax and Dawn. Follow the links to see their contact information at the MRC’s Conservatives Fight Back page.

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