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CNN’s Don Lemon, an unmarried man with no children, smugly said Wednesday that “just because” anti-mask parents “can have kids does not mean you should.”
Lemon, who is admittedly engaged, was responding to clips of parents from across the country speaking out against the draconian, unnecessary and scientifically dubious mask mandates that have been forced upon their children.
To convey his alleged point, he played the most incendiary clips, including one of an enraged father warning that “there’s a lot of good guys out there ready to do bad things soon” over the authoritarianism from the government.
Another clip showed a woman claiming the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are plotting to transform schools into coronavirus concentration camps.
Responding to these incendiary clips, Lemon said, “Just because you can have kids does not mean you should. Yes, I said it. And it would be funny if it weren’t for the fact that people’s lives are at stake. The misinformation, the lies, they’re killing us.”
Watch the full segment below:
The problem is that his own segment appeared to be brimming with plenty of its own misinformation.
The segment began with him complaining about the current coronavirus surge.
“More than 100,000 Americans are hospitalized with the virus — a number we haven’t seen since last winter. The number of cases in children is soaring. Texas Children’s Hospital reporting a record number of kids hospitalized,” he said.
It’s true cases and hospitalizations have spiked, but deaths still remain relatively low.
“And with the back to school season and Delta running rampant, there are worries that it could get worse. Twenty-eight-point eight percent of the eligible population 12 and up is not yet vaccinated even after the FDA gave full approval to the Pfizer vaccine this week. Some folks don’t want vaccines,” the host continued.
“But take a look at this, all right. They don’t want vaccines, but look at this. This is a line for monoclonal antibody treatments in Tampa. Again, that’s emergency authorization as well,” he added.
It sounded as if he’s among the leftists who have an issue with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis promoting monoclonal antibody treatments for the coronavirus.
Yet these treatments reportedly work like a charm in reducing severe symptoms and thus reducing the hospitalizations that Lemon was complaining about:
In less than two months, monoclonal antibody treatments in North Carolina have increased 18-fold, helping to reduce hospitalizations and severe symptoms in many patients during the current COVID-19 surge. https://t.co/3qePeWfUri
— WLOS (@WLOS_13) August 23, 2021
“That as the mask wars are heating up across the country with deadly information running wild from anti-maskers,” Lemon then said as he teed up the videos of the parents speaking out against school mask mandates.
He may not realize it, but the parents’ general sentiment about school mask mandates is shared by virtually all of Europe.
“[M]any European and developed countries have decided against recommending masks for young children in schools or other public settings,” according to a Fox News reported published Tuesday.
This includes the European Union, which “does not recommend masks for children 6 and under in any setting or for children 12 and under in a classroom setting”; Iceland, where “children ages 15 and younger are exempt from mask requirements”; Norway, where “schoolchildren 7 and younger are not required to wear masks”; Scotland, where “children 12 and under are no longer required to wear face coverings in public places”; etc.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald noted in a Substack post this week that these exemptions have been made for children because “cost-benefit analysis” showed that it’s not worth it to impose harmful mask mandates on children.
“It is impossible to overstate the costs imposed on children of all ages from the sustained, enduring and severe disruptions to their lives justified in the name of COVID. Entire books could be written, and almost certainly will be, on the multiple levels of damage children are sustaining, some of which — particularly the longer-term ones — are unknowable,” he wrote.
“This rational cost-benefit analysis … is foundational to public policy debates — except when it comes to COVID, where it has been bizarrely declared off-limits,” he added.
But this cost-benefit analysis isn’t occurring in the states because of the zealotry of people like Lemon who’ve “render[ed] any cost-benefit analysis morally unacceptable.”
In other words, to engage in intelligent, rational cost-benefit analysis is to admit that you’re OK with sacrificing children and seeing them die, according to the zealots.
These are, in fact, the exact types of irrational accusations that have been hurled Greenwald’s way:
Some of your kids may die choking in an ICU—or worse, needing an ICU—but you can take comfort knowing it’s a sacrifice Glenn is willing to make. https://t.co/mnnXhXfySL
— Walker Bragman (@WalkerBragman) August 22, 2021
Why don’t you just say you’re totally ok w/ unnecessary #covid deaths of children, teachers and staff??? If you have kids I feel bad for em w/ a parent who dgaf if they die, those are unfit parents. U don’t want em to learn remotely? No one cares, they can’t learn if they’re dead
— Marisa #EndTheWars🏴☠️✨ (@OzbatRisa) August 22, 2021
Freedom to die as you want? Suit yourself. Freedom to kill innocent people, including children, by infecting them with a deadly virus? Hell, no. This isn’t freedom at all and you should go to jail for doing that.
— Paulo (@Paulo_2079) August 22, 2021
The irony is that these zealots sound no less insane than the woman who claimed schools are being transformed into concentration camps.
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