In an abrupt about-face on Monday, “The View” co-host Sunny Hostin expressed dismay and distrust at the CDC’s latest guidelines shortening the recommended isolation period from ten days to five for those who have tested positive for coronavirus.
Hostin is concerned about people being allowed to come back to work with a mask and no negative test just five days after diagnosis, even with this being the CDC’s recommended course of action. This doubt is inconsistent with her recently-held position of believing in the science versus your own personal opinion, earlier saying that “you can’t just make a decision for yourself” in regard to public health.
“What we’re talking about is public health. It’s not only about you. It’s about the public,” she asserted previously. “You have to make a decision with other people in mind. And in my view, it’s very selfish to decide only based on yourself.”
Today, however, Hostin believes that she knows better.
“I know that the science is evolving,” she said. “But I have to wonder: Is it a business decision that was made? Is it that there’s a staff shortage? Is it that there’s a shortage of essential workers, and they just need people to get back to work because there are so many unvaccinated people?”
“I don’t believe that!” Sunny Hostin does not believe in the CDC’s science as much as Sotomayor’s, though. pic.twitter.com/ZQZ6jOZdTc
— Caleb Howe (@CalebHowe) January 10, 2022
This hypocritical about-face has spurred much-deserved backlash for the woman who refused to see the benefit of Dr. Sanjay Gupta sitting down with Joe Rogan in October 2021 for an extended podcast interview discussing the science behind vaccines, therapeutics, and the like. While the other hosts of “The View” appreciated the opportunity for Gupta to reach an audience who would likely disagree with his stance on coronavirus protocols — they saw it as a chance to educate people on this perspective and potentially change minds — Hostin never wavered from her disgust with the debate:
“Sanjay said he went there to understand his thinking. I love Sanjay, we worked together — we used to do these medical legal segments on CNN — Sanjay is a brilliant man,” Hostin gushed, before stubbornly continuing with her criticism. “I’m not so interested in understanding the Trump mind. I’m not so interested in understanding the anti-vax mind. Because I’m not interested in understanding crazy. I don’t think you can make sense of crazy.”
In her opinion, people who don’t trust science don’t need to be heard out, including guests on her own program. In November 2021, Jedediah Bila joined “The View” to promote a new book; she was interviewed remotely because she had chosen not to get vaccinated.
Bila outlined her decision-making process, saying that her doctor asserted that she has “sky-high, multi-tier, multi-faceted natural immunity” and that the “vaccine poses a greater risk than benefit” to her.
“I’m also not a risk to any of you,” Bila declared. “My point about all of this is I am not anti-vax. What I really want is for people to make these decisions for themselves.”
Hostin did not want to hear Bila’s reasoned explanation for her decision: “I don’t understand why you would prioritize your personal freedom over the health and safety of others.”
When Bila attempted to discuss vaccines and natural immunity, Hostin shut her down, saying that she didn’t think that they “should allow this kind of misinformation on our air.”
Hostin appears to be okay, however, with misinformation being spouted by one of the Supreme Court Justices, Sonia Sotomayor, whose numbers on children with COVID were fantastically off-base.
Defending Sotomayor, Hostin said, “I just want to reframe this a bit. While she may not be accurate for current hospitalizations in children, she is correct that we have more children in the hospital now more than ever before. And it certainly reflects the current cases in children.”
While Hostin is cherry-picking which “science” and which “expert” she will believe, others have moved on from blind faith in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or Dr. Fauci when it comes to the virus. As Bila noted in her short time on the show, “The CDC director and other experts have acknowledged that vaccinated people can transmit COVID.” That’s why, she said, “I want every one of you to sit with your family members to sit with your trusted doctors and say, ‘What is the best decision for me?’”
Hostin is correct, finally, about one thing: science is evolving. Much more is known today about coronavirus than was known in March 2020. People are ready to learn to live with this virus and approach it the same way they have always approached illness — from a personal and rational perspective. That is what can keep this country afloat.
She’s correct on this particular guidance, but will miss the only consistent takeaway: don’t believe *anything* the #CDC says.
— Don Hammond (@donhammond) January 10, 2022
Whats happening, and we will see more of this, is people are so used to the chains of the fear narrative, if you try to take them off- to show the fear should be less than it has been- they will protest. They will dismiss, reject, not believe it. Theyll cling to their chains.
— Crypto Bob (@TGasper95) January 11, 2022
Translation: “I believed the CDCs misrepresentation of facts for so long that I no longer believe them when they’re positioned correctly and go against the beliefs they drove me to have”
— BlueDude (@ThinkAboutIt317) January 10, 2022
I was under the impression we weren’t allowed to disagree with “the science” or we would get banned etc.?
— David Gerard (@Herbfromsales) January 10, 2022
Sunny didn’t get the memo that a new step has been added to the Scientific Method, “Adjust findings favorable to midterm election polling”.
— My2Cents (@phpmatt) January 10, 2022
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