Pew Research Center Hilariously Tries to Spin Dem Failures at Fighting Coronavirus
Who are you going to believe, the Pew Research Center, or your own eyes?
Anyone who saw their spin today on coronavirus deaths probably asked themselves that very question. It’s no secret that Blue States have been the hardest hit by the coronavirus – in part because Blue States have more population density – but also because disastrous nursing home policies the Governors there implemented. Those residing in nursing homes make up only 1.8% of the U.S. population but 42% of coronavirus deaths nationwide.
For Red States the curve has been flat for practically as long as there has been a curve. And since the worst is now behind us, cases are falling in Blue States too.
But look at how Pew decided to spin that fact:
COVID-19 deaths have declined in Democratic congressional districts since mid-April, but remained relatively steady in districts controlled by Republicans. https://t.co/NnUcKYt67w pic.twitter.com/R3mdZ1l8c4
— Pew Research Center (@pewresearch) May 27, 2020
Indeed cases are flat in Republican districts – so flat that Democrat districts will still need to see a 50% decline in newly reported cases to be on par with them!
Needless to say, Pew’s takeaway from this data was widely ridiculed.
"Republicans have better policy resulting in more safety and freedom, but Democratic dictators of death are now killing fewer Americans, so Dems for the win!" -nonpartisan center of research
— Razor (@hale_razor) May 27, 2020
"Bart Simpson's school detentions have declined, while Lisa's have remained relatively steady" https://t.co/fYl2pYpqNv
— China is lying (@jtLOL) May 27, 2020
When you gotta try extra hard to make the numbers fit your narrative.
— Drew Holden (@DrewHolden360) May 27, 2020
"Despite major decline, Democratic congressional districts show more than double the death rate in Republican congressional districts."
— High Pressure Name Choice (@burneracct4real) May 27, 2020
This kind of graph interpretation can only be taught at the Columbia School of Journalism. https://t.co/kw0h4z3dPW
— Scooter Schaefer (@ScooterSchaefer) May 27, 2020
Pew’s article also had a neat chart showing that of the 44 districts hardest hit by the coronavirus, 41 are represented by Democrats.
And hilariously in the article they use the same “logic” to dismiss that reality. “While the current death rates remain highest in districts controlled by Democrats, the trend in coronavirus fatalities over time has been decreasing in Democratic districts steadily since mid-April. In contrast, Republican-controlled districts have not seen the same declines in the trend over time,” they write.
I think I’ll choose to believe my own eyes on this one.