Photojournalist deemed ‘essential’ regrets whining tweet about 1 hour 40-minute wait to get vaccine

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A young “photojournalist” is facing backlash and allegations of “media narcissism” for complaining about receiving the coronavirus vaccine.

In a tweet posted Thursday, self-identified “photojournalist” Arianna Grainey specifically complained about being forced to wait in line “for an hour and forty minutes” to receive a vaccine that she seemed awfully ungrateful about.

Have been in this line for an hour and forty minutes… all to get my covid vaccine. As a photojournalist I am deemed essential by my county,” she wrote.

Look at a screenshot of the since-deleted tweet below, via Dr. Ruiseñor:

She likely deleted the tweet because of all the anger it spawned among those Americans who don’t enjoy the luxury of being a so-called “essential worker.”

It didn’t help that, according to Shashank Tripathi, a GOP operative who worked as then-New York congressional candidate Christopher R. Wight’s 2012 campaign manager, Grainey in fact posted an entire “thread of her complaining.”

It’s not clear what else she tweeted about the wait in line. Of course, the one uber-viral tweet alone snapshotted by Dr. Ruiseñor was enough for a mob of critics to pounce.

Here’s just a small sample:

Does she deserve THIS much backlash, though? On one hand, she’s clearly young, and impatience is a staple of youth. But on the other hand, narcissism is a staple of contemporary so-called “journalism.”

This is, after all, the day and age of self-preening “journalists” such as Jim Acosta, Anderson Don Lemon, Chris Cuomo, Brian Stelter, Kaitlan Collins, etc.

Making matters worse is the fact that journalists have been some of the loudest proponents of lockdown policies that have devastated the lives of so-called “non-essential” workers like retail store owners, waiters/waitresses and hotel clerks.

And now that a vaccine is out, they’ve also been some of the loudest proponents of ensuring that people in their own industry are given the vaccine first.

“The National Press Photographers Association filed a request with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee of Immunization Practices asking ‘that journalists who have direct contact with the public on a regular basis, and particularly visual journalists, be expressly included in the phase of the COVID-19 vaccine that includes the essential and critical infrastructure workforce,'” Poynter Institute, a left-wing “journalism” school, reported in late November.

And so for non-essential workers — as well as elderly ones who’ve been sidelined because of policy decisions to vaccine “essential” “journalists” first — it’s hard to understand complaints from a group of people who’re so privileged.

Vivek Saxena

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