The mainstream media inundate the American public on a daily basis with the coronavirus's death toll in flashy headlines in an attempt to criticize the Trump administration' response. While reporting on the increasing death toll daily, progressive and mainstream outlets make disingenuous comparisons to death tolls in past wars and catastrophes. MSNBC'S Morning Joe reported that the virus will "kill more Americans than were killed in Iraq, Afghanistan." Vox posted that "the coronavirus has now killed more people in the U.S. than the 9/11 terror attacks." The Washington Post, NPR, CNN, and many other outlets gleefully reported that the U.S. coronavirus death toll now exceeds U.S. losses in the Vietnam War.
The death toll and havoc wrought by the Chinese virus are no doubt real. However, media coverage of the virus intentionally lacks even a hint of perspective and aims to sow fear.
In 1968, roughly 16,000 U.S. servicemembers died in Vietnam. That same year, the Hong Kong influenza (H3N2) caused the deaths of roughly 100,000 Americans. While undoubtedly a tragedy, the U.S. and state governments did not issue any stay at home orders, nor did they shut down the American economy. In 2018, 67,367 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States. The media don't sensationalize and hype the annual overdose death toll, which exceeded the U.S. death toll of the entire Vietnam War. Since 2010, roughly 12,000–61,000 Americans die of the flu on a yearly basis. During that period, media coverage claiming that more Americans died of the flu than on 9/11 was nonexistent.
The fake news media are attempting to create a visual comparison to manipulate and confuse the American public. However, in life, perspective is necessary.
It must be asked: why are the media throwing all perspective out the window and hyping the death toll?