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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:
Why’d you delete? pic.twitter.com/xNGRgtlYtP
— Dr. Ruiseñor (@realJWN) January 1, 2021
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.”
A journo was deemed “essential” and got a COVID shot and the entire time complained about waiting in line for it.
It’s seriously a thread of her complaining. https://t.co/eorybIbeRf
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) January 1, 2021
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:
The narcissism powering this entitled and untested generation is staggering.
Plastic sheep. pic.twitter.com/2FU7ZVHatW
— BLUEPRINT 🇺🇸 (@BLUEPRINT_Q) January 1, 2021
Imagine being lucky enough to be a priority for the vaccine for a point and click job then complaining you need to wait 40 minutes. Great look. Journos have no self awareness
— bishcoin (@lookphatt) January 2, 2021
This makes me sick to think a young healthy person like you willingly took a vaccine that might have saved an older or more high risk person and complained about it.
— WinterDreams (@Missthetree) January 2, 2021
1. Who in the everloving hell deemed you Essential? Unlike you I actually fought for this country!
2. Deleting the tweet is no where near good enough, If you are to stupid to realize you owe every single American over the age of 60 an apology then you need to wake the F— up
— johnathonlogan (@johnathonlogan3) January 2, 2021
Entitled and privileged brat.
— Victoria Berman (@VictoriaBerman) January 2, 2021
People literally dying waiting for their turn at a vaccine and this Karen decides to be a whining arrogant idiot. Piss Off
— Brian Is NOT a Changeling…Promise! (@daflyondawall) January 2, 2021
@AriannaGrainey no idea why you are deemed an essential worker but my parents are elderly and haven’t left their home in 10 months except for doc appointments and to get groceries put into the trunk of their car. They would love to take your spot in line, you know, to not die.
— JEFF (@hitegillooly) January 2, 2021
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.
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