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Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Two recent Gallup/Knight Foundation surveys find Americans' understanding about the coronavirus is strongly shaped by partisan affiliation and news consumption habits, especially when basic facts are politicized. Specifically, while Democrats and independents increasingly see COVID-19 as more deadly than the seasonal flu, Republicans' views have not changed. And while Democrats tend to think the death toll from COVID-19 is understated, Republicans believe it is exaggerated.

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The consequences of engaging in partisan battles over coronavirus-related issues are high because Americans appear primed to engage in partisan-motivated reasoning. Fortunately, a remedy is available. Political leaders and news organizations can push back against false information that poses health risks to Americans' lives.

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Republican's beliefs about the danger presented by COVID19 would change dramatically if a Democrat was in the WH. Democrats beliefs would not change very much no matter who is in the WH because Democrats live in reality, Republicans live in Fox News Reality.

#1 | Posted by danni at 2020-05-27 09:13 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Republicans believe it (COVID mortality) is exaggerated.

Posted by retort at 08:59 AM | 1 COMMENT

So, how many dead do they think there are?

And is it really better if it's 70,000 versus 100,000 dead?

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2020-05-27 09:42 AM | Reply

The reality is there are more deaths than reported - Far more honestly but we will never get to the bottom of it.

Question for Trumpers - WHY is every other country in the world doing things even more strictly than the US if this is not a big deal and exaggerated? Is the entire world joust out to pOwn you? I mean sorry but talk about brain washed.

Now vaccines are political - Half of American's say they won't get vaccinated.

#3 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2020-05-27 11:18 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Half of American's say they won't get vaccinated.

#3 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2020-05-27 11:18 AM | Reply

A lot of that half will die.

#4 | Posted by Zed at 2020-05-27 11:50 AM | Reply

A lot of that half will die.

#4 | POSTED BY ZED AT 2020-05-27 11:50 AM | FLAG:
(CHOOSE)

Honestly it would be better for the country and by extension the world if all of that 50% died. They are the truly stupid, conspiracy believers who tend to worship at the altar of the stupidest person to ever occupy the WH. Good riddance.

#5 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2020-05-27 11:57 AM | Reply

Because their cult leader told them it was no worse than the flu. So that's gospel now. If you believe anything different, you're not allowed into the next klan meeting.

#6 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2020-05-27 12:19 PM | Reply

Democrats: COVID-19 has killed more people than the official reports.
Independent Researchers: COVID-19 has killed more people than the official reports.
Media except Fox News: COVID-19 has killed more people than the official reports.
Trump's CDC: COVID-19 has killed more people than the official reports.

Republicans and Trump: Nah. It's the flu and has maybe killed 12 people...who were all really old and sick. Let's party!
Eric Trump: 12 people? Nah. It's 0. Democratic Hoax!

150,000 people: ... (cause they're dead)

#7 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-05-27 12:26 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

This is definitely true in my own experience.

I have a close friend who is married to a staunch Republican. He works in an industry that caters mostly to the right, and naturally many of the employees are Trumpers who do not believe Coronavirus is a problem. They were quick to return to work without precaution. At least two employees there have now tested positive for Coronavirus, with others showing cold symptoms. Everyone else now has to self-quarantine for 14 days. Some are people who live with their elderly in-laws.

I also have a close relative who is a Trumper, who also doesn't think Coronavirus is a problem. He spends half the year in the southwest, and just flew in for the summer. He wants to get the family together for a BBQ, and is in disbelief that most of us have no interest in gathering.

Just my anecdotes, and i have more of them, but suffice it to say that i don't know a single conservative who takes this virus seriously.

#8 | Posted by JOE at 2020-05-27 12:34 PM | Reply

I work in a restaurant nights and weekends and it's interesting that since the widely publicized Memorial Day party weekend here in MO restaurant business has been down. It was trending down after the reopening last Monday (probably because of the similarly widely publicized story about the two hair stylists that worked while sick and exposed up to 140 people) but it's been downright bad this past weekend and week.

I suspect that what I predicted is happening. People are largely cautious about this and were taking the precautions seriously. Everybody, that is, but the loud mouth stupid righties and idiotic, short sighted kids.

When we were under lockdown people were willing to venture out for curbside pickup and take out because they could reasonably assume the vast majority of people they'd come in contact with were similarly following guidelines. That risk was deemed acceptable.

Now that we're open and a) people have thrown the guidelines out the window and b) there are clear instances of how easily this spreads they're too spooked to even go out like they used to. People have voluntarily tightened their isolation.

It will be interesting to see the economic numbers over the next few months and this trend picks up steam and we watch as, yet again, the GOP f---s up royally because they don't know dick about dick.

#9 | Posted by jpw at 2020-05-27 01:22 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#8 | Posted by JOE

It's kind of that way where I work. We have a lot of Trumphards. Frankly I am the only one in the place that wears a mask when I am working "in the office" and roaming the building (outside of my private office.) There are others that think we should but are actually afraid to wear one because of coworkers attitudes. Not just coworkers - managers as well. Now THAT is sad. Frankly we should ALL be wearing one even when we are in our private offices. Those are the rules in place.

#10 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2020-05-27 03:07 PM | Reply

republicans are always the ones worried about the poor impressionable children needing good role models, and then they all join the cult of the worst role model in the world, who is teaching all the morons that masks are for ------- and libs.

#11 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2020-05-27 03:09 PM | Reply

#9 | Posted by jpw

Kind of the same here in Michigan. We haven't had the Hairstylist issue yet - it wasn't just in MO there as another case where one stylist exposed at least 85 people. What we have is this gradual opening up. If you go to the Grocery store 80-90% of people are wearing masks. Restaurants - yes they are masking it up. You go anywhere else? Not so much. Gas Stations? No masks from workers and about half the patrons. Home Depot? I did a pick up for a socket set I needed to fix my lawn mower - 10% of people wearing masks at best. Now our Northern Tourist areas have been okayed to open under rules. Memorial weekend people flocked North. They had very few cases, let's give it a month and see.

Then there are places like Alabama - cases are skyrocketing and the governor is loosening things up. 1-2 available ICU beds in Montgomery. They are sending their infected patients to other cities because they have no room.

#12 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2020-05-27 03:13 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Then there are places like Alabama - cases are skyrocketing and the governor is loosening things up. 1-2 available ICU beds in Montgomery. They are sending their infected patients to other cities because they have no room.

Posted by GalaxiePete

I watched a reporter questioning people on a crowded beach in Alabama why no one was wearing masks.

The answers included "Trump doesn't, so why should I?" And from a 21 year old woman, "God's in control. If it's my time to die it's my time."

No awareness of how they could spread it to others. Nada.

Trump has turned health and safety into politics. What an irresponsible moron! The virus doesn't care about age, race, gender, or politics.

#13 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-05-27 04:45 PM | Reply

And from a 21 year old woman, "God's in control. If it's my time to die it's my time."

It's not just that she stands a chance of dying, it HOW she will die. Suffocating to death, alone and isolated in a hospital room, the only contact with family and loved ones over FaceTime. I can't think of a worse way to die than suffocating, and being fully aware what was going on. Better to have a widowmaker while mowing the lawn and get it over with.

#14 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2020-05-27 07:24 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It's strange because the Cons are constantly harping about why we need constant vigilance, so we boost gun usage, military expenditure, create laws against people acting freely. Then they turn around and act completely reckless in the face of a threat bigger than a domestic war.

#15 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-05-27 09:18 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

Republicans are stupid.

#16 | Posted by moder8 at 2020-05-28 12:53 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

'And from a 21 year old woman, "God's in control. If it's my time to die it's my time."'

Just another lazy person.

#17 | Posted by Zed at 2020-05-28 08:16 AM | Reply

Morans!!!!

Misspelling intentional.

#18 | Posted by a_monson at 2020-05-28 12:10 PM | Reply

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