Wednesday, April 15, 2020
DISGRACE!!! KANSAS CITY STAR PROMOTES CORONAVIRUS 'IMMUNITY CARD' PLAN WITHOUT ANY COUNTERPOINT DEFENDING CIVIL LIBERTIES!!!
Toight the largest daily newspaper in town betrayed every resident in Kansas City by way of publishing a one-sided prescriptive screed without even an attempt to balance a controversial idea or create community conversation or debate.
Without any effort to balance . . . What the Star published isn't opinion journalism and it's not punditry; it's straight up propaganda.
It wasn't until this very moment that it became apparent the Kansas City Star is no longer a community resource but instead serves as an increasingly dangerous, rogue print publishing outfit struggling to retain relevance and willing to promote any radical idea in order to feign political authority.
Checkit . . .
Kansas City Star Guest Op/Ed: ‘Immunity certificates’ will be key to reopening Missouri’s economy safely
Here's the money line:
"People who have antibodies to the current coronavirus could then receive what have been referred to as “immunity certificates” by the press. Awkward as the term might sound, that is precisely what they would be. Obtaining this information for as many people as possible would be the most effective tool to curb the spread of the disease since social distancing measures were put into place. It would allow us to continue to bend the curve until a vaccine and treatment are finally developed."
The editorial is hidden behind the paywall. It was penned by Jonathan Patterson, a Republican from Lee’s Summit and a practicing general surgeon. Mr. Patterson represents District 30 in the Missouri House of Representatives. He is chair of the House Special Committee on Disease Control and Prevention.
Again, tragically, there is no balance or opposing viewpoint offered.
The clinical polemic makes some important points but threatens to lose readers with far too much medical jargon.
So let's make it plain . . .
THE COVID-19 IMMUNITY CARD PLAN TOUTS MANDATORY BLOOD TESTING FOR AMERICANS WANTING PERMISSION TO WORK AND LIVE FREELY!!!
If that sounds reasonable or if the threat from the virus is that grave then TKC is open to hearing arguments both for and against this proposal. But, given that Germany is already SLOWLY reopening without extracting blood from residents, this is certainly a step drastic enough to merit some discussion and public opinion polling.
The immunity card proposal would basically void the 1st Amendment or make sure that a vaccine was required to attain constitutionally protected freedom and it's not something that any other mainstream Republican is advocating
Again, rather than vitrol or reactionary pushback, this is an idea that merits further consideration beyond the arguments provided by a newbie suburban politico . . . Because it sounds Orwellian at best.
Still, we had a plan for this post that included a great deal of bluster and brash sentiments . . . And maybe a few well placed superlatives. But that's not really productive.
INSTEAD, we simply offer readers a more balanced view of the debate and encourage the public to speak out and share their thoughts and feelings about immunity cards in this forum that's far more open than the sketchy Kansas City Star agitprop that seemingly advocates granting doctors the power of dictators.
Check the links . . .
Futurism: US Government Considering COVID-19 “Immunity Cards”
FoxBiz: What are coronavirus immunity cards? The card would determine who is allowed to reenter the public
StatNews: Covid-19 ‘immunity certificates’: practical and ethical conundrums
WaPo: Our elected leaders need to reclaim control from the doctors
Biz Insider: Fauci says the government is considering giving out COVID-19 'immunity cards' as part of push to reopen the economy
DW: Coronavirus antibody tests and immunity certificates pose ethical and scientific problems
Fox4: Local experts warn of unknowns surrounding most COVID-19 antibody tests
Developing . . .