The Sheep Who Haven’t Read The Data

In a recent interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson, Alex Berenson went after many theories of the continued lockdown measures, including state and local elected officials. The former New York Times report Berenson called them “fools who haven’t read the data.”

Berenson goes on to explain how tired he is of people saying we don’t know much about this virus or what the right steps are. He then proposes to us that we do know a lot about this virus otherwise we wouldn’t have shut down half of the world. “We know the average age of death in the United States and worldwide is probably about 80-82, and we know about half, if not more, of the people who die in the United States die in nursing homes.” Berenson says. 

Instead of focusing on protecting nursing home residents, our liberal leaders are too power-hungry, focusing on haranguing us about masks and destroying the U.S economy with lockdowns. Each day it makes less and less sense, and citizens are getting infuriated. 

While protecting the most vulnerable populations, Berenson goes on to suggest that state and local leaders should start lifting restrictions to get the economy going again, instead of continuing measures that are unnecessarily ruining people’s lives. 

Carlson asks Berenson if he thinks elected officials are knowingly continuing lockdown proponents for unnecessary measures, in which he responds that if they don’t know what they are doing right now then they are “fools and haven’t read the data which is publicly available on their own government websites.”

Berenson said in early April that the coronavirus models were flawed and that they would be leading the economy into a “freefall” by driving state and local officials to outdo one another in enacting stricter and stricter measures. This should sound a various number of alarms. 

Though Berenson did work for the Times from 1999-2010, he has been one of the leading voices speaking out against drastic lockdown measures amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In late March, he also brought attention to one of Dr. Neil Ferguson’s doomsday models in which he revised from 500,000 deaths in the United Kingdom to just 20,000. This same model also projected 2.2 million deaths for the U.S. His models are what propelled the U.S and U.K governments to enact lockdown measures in combating the virus. Ferguson stepped down from his role in advising the government in emergencies when he was caught breaking his own social distancing rule to cheat with a married woman. 

The left-wing press has been guilty of hysterically attacking the government at every opportunity. Instead of being led like sheep, people need to start questioning the figures and who they come from, instead of letting them consume the media networks. The breach of trust and loss of credibility from the left has failed in observing the restrictions they placed upon us.