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A “journalist” with The New York Times went on a 1,600-mile road trip amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic so that he could apparently sneer at real Americans.

In a Twitter meltdown posted Friday, the “journalist,” David Leonhardt, complained about how he’d allegedly seen barely anybody wearing a mask during his trip.

“I just took a 1,600-mile road trip from Washington to St. Louis and back. I was shaken by what I saw,” his ominously written Twitter meltdown began.

Almost everywhere I stopped — gas stations, rest stops and hotels, across Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois — there was a sign on the door saying that people had to wear masks to enter. And almost everywhere, most people ignored the sign.”

View the full thread below:

Leonhardt continued his spiel by citing a couple of examples, including one of an unmasked middle-aged couple sitting by themselves on a lobby sofa for hours, minding their own business — unlike him.

Examples such as this prove, he continued, that “Americans have decided they would prefer more Covid — for their communities and potentially for their families and themselves — to more masks.”

By “Americans,” he presumably meant people who’re not coastal left-wing elitists who think they know better and are better than everybody else.

While it’s not clear what his intention had been in sharing such a judgmental rant, it backfired somewhat. It didn’t earn a ratio, but it got awfully close thanks to a flood of critics.

One of the critics, a former Times journalist himself, Alex Berenson, noted the irony of Leonhardt taking a road trip and exposing himself to potentially thousands of people:

Two other critics, Daily Caller associate editor Noah Adamitis and Townhall contributor Gabriella Hoffman, mocked what came off to them and many others as Leonhardt’s elitism:

But the bulk of critics instead disputed the Times’ “journalist’s” report, claiming that the majority of Americans have in fact been wearing masks:

And they were probably right, according to the Times — ironically enough.

“[A] newly released survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that a vast majority of Americans of all ages have been wearing face coverings since April,” Leonhardt’s own employer reported in late October.

“The data, released in the agency’s weekly Morbidity and Mortality Report, is roughly in line with other polls showing that most Americans report wearing masks, at least when they are inside stores.”

But perhaps fewer people are wearing masks now that the virus appears to be receding? Maybe, maybe not, though as noted by critics, Leonhardt didn’t attach a single photo — just one would have perhaps sufficed — to back up his claims.

So if most people are wearing masks — FYI, a poll published just last month found that most still are indeed wearing them — then what gives? Why did Leonhardt choose to rant and rave about his alleged observations?

As usual, the American people have some theories.


Vivek Saxena


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