Fox News political analyst Brit Hume — a 23-year veteran of ABC News who has covered politics for almost five decades — says the nationwide coronavirus shutdowns may not have “flattened the curve,” but they’ve “certainly flattened the economy.”
Hume made the remarks to Fox News host Tucker Carlson while discussing why politicians must outline the specific next steps the country will take as millions lose their jobs amid mass shutdowns.
“The models that were the basis for these drastic restrictions that we have placed on ourselves as a country to combat the coronavirus [were flawed],” Hume said. “We may or may not have flattened the curve, but we’ve certainly flattened the economy. At least 10 million people are out of work based on the unemployment claims. And millions more either are or will be soon.”
Both Hume and Carlson agreed that it’s critical to stem the coronavirus outbreak to safeguard public health, but it’s also important to protect the economy. Why? Because a poor country is never a healthy country.
“There are costs associated with [mass business shutdowns] in terms of human suffering and anxiety and stress — all of which are not the responsibility of the epidemiologist,” Hume explained. “But they are the responsibility of the public policymakers who have been relying on these expert doctors who I think have done the best they can.”
(Source: Tucker Carlson Tonight)
Brit Hume noted that the projection models that Obama holdover Dr. Anthony Fauci relied on have grossly overstated coronavirus hospitalizations and deaths.
President Trump and other politicians are relying on these Obama holdovers before issuing their suggestions for what Americans should do next.
“They relied on these computer models, particularly the one that you cited from the University of Washington — which as you pointed out has been way off on a number of counts up until and including its most recent projections,” Hume said. “The question that should be raised is: Was this the right call? We are going to be debating that for a long time to come.”
Carlson asked: “Why aren’t the people who crafted these policies standing before a microphone and explaining it in a way that the rest of us can understand to explain why they were so totally wrong? Shouldn’t we know that?”
Hume replied: “Dr. Birx said during the briefing that all deaths from anyone who died WITH CORONAVIRUS is counted as if the person died FROM CORONAVIRUS. And if everybody is being automatically classified — if they’re found to have COVID-19 — as a ‘COVID-19 death,’ we’re going to get a very large number of deaths. And we’re probably not going to have an accurate count of what the real death total is.”
1/ As you sit home watching #COVID death counts spiral, please know the official @CDCgov guidance for coding COVID-related deaths is as follows: any death where the disease “caused or is *assumed* to have caused or *contributed to* death.” Confirmed lab tests are not required… pic.twitter.com/H4D6mcti3R
— Alex Berenson (@AlexBerenson) April 3, 2020
Per my piece today on new CDC guidelines for COVID-19 fatalities, here’s an example of how coronavirus deaths are verified: an elderly stroke victim without test to confirm presence of virus still coded as COVID-19 death bc of exposure. This is what Dr. Birx admitted today— pic.twitter.com/8kJCj3Xd62
— Julie Kelly 🇺🇸 (@julie_kelly2) April 8, 2020
This is remarkable. Dr. Birx says here very plainly that anyone who dies “with COVID-19” is being counted as having died from COVID-19. She admits this is a “liberal approach” to recording mortality. The suspicions many of us had are now confirmed.
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) April 7, 2020
Tucker agreed, saying it’s pathetic that some people want an inflated coronavirus death count for political reasons.
“There may be reasons why people seek an inaccurate death count,” Carlson said. “I’m not accusing anyone, but when journalists work with numbers, there sometimes is an agenda.”
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