Whereas the printed networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) spent Wednesday salivating over the second impeachment trial of former President Trump and pushing double masking from the CDC, they had been ignoring disturbing reports the Biden administration was taking a look at instituting journey restrictions on Florida. The purpose was to forestall the unfold of the U.Okay. variant of COVID-19 by making it troublesome to go away the Sunshine State. That’s regardless of the very fact California was additionally battling a spike of the identical variant.
And though each networks had been broadcasting out of Miami, neither Telemundo nor Univision knowledgeable their Spanish audiences of the doable restrictions. They even ignored one in every of their senators calling it “authoritarian.”
“The Biden administration is contemplating whether or not to impose home journey restrictions, together with on Florida, fearful that coronavirus mutations are threatening to reverse hard-fought progress on the pandemic,” wrote Michael Wilner, Ben Cornack, and Nicholas Nehamas for McClatchy DC Bureau.
Despite the fact that the U.S. had instances of various variants, comparable to “South Africa and Brazil that scientists fear can evade present vaccines,” the Biden administration was crafting the restrictions to focus on the more-easily spreadable U.Okay. variant.
However whatever the acknowledgment liberal California was additionally seeing an uptick in instances of the South African and U.Okay. variants, the main target was nonetheless on Florida. Although, no new coverage was imminent (click on “broaden”):
“However we’re having conversations about something that will assist mitigate unfold,” the official mentioned, referring to discussions about new journey restrictions that would goal the unfold of the U.Okay. mutation in Florida.
The U.Okay. variant, generally known as B.1.1.7, has not too long ago surged in Florida, the place over a 3rd of all instances in the USA have been recognized.
Two federal authorities officers underscored that no coverage bulletins are imminent, and that any transfer to limit journey or impose new well being measures can be taken in partnership with state and native governments.
In fact, one of many first questions that ought to come to thoughts when a president needs to restrict a law-abiding American’s proper to journey freely between the states was: Is it constitutional?
On that subject, McClatchy wrote: “Whereas the federal authorities has sole authority over worldwide borders, it defers to states over home quarantines throughout public well being emergencies.”
And in a statement put out Wednesday, Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) condemned the restrictions as “authoritarian.”
“Instituting a journey ban, or any restriction of motion between the states, can be an outrageous, authoritarian transfer that has no foundation in legislation or science. As an alternative, it will solely serve to inflict extreme and devastating financial ache on an already broken financial system,” the assertion mentioned.
He added: “As an alternative of dictating the place People can, or can not journey, your administration ought to as a substitute give attention to growing provide and availability of vaccines, particularly to Florida, the third most populous state and a winter retreat.”
This focusing on of Florida got here because the state’s case quantity, hospitalizations, and deaths had been far exceeded by Democrat-controlled California and New York. Each blue states applied dangerous restrictions, with the latter issuing disastrous orders that killed thousands of nursing home residents and triggered hospitals to throw out doses of the vaccine.
Regardless of these details, NBC Nightly Information twice whined about ONE grocery retailer in Florida that didn’t require masks. The CBS Evening News bashed Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) for planning forward with vaccine doses. And ABC’s World Information Tonight (together with CBS) ignored New York overlaying up nursing residence demise numbers.
And when President Trump thought of such restrictions for New York (their state), on March 28 of final 12 months, the networks had been irate. “Breaking information tonight, the President considers quarantining New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut as instances surge. How police in a single state are already focusing on New Yorkers,” decried NBC’s Jose Diaz-Balart, on the time.
“President Trump says that he’s now contemplating federally enforced quarantines for hotspots like New York and different states. That`s not sitting so nicely for some, and that features Connecticut`s governor, warning that the President may result in confusion and panic,” huffed CBS Dallas/Fort Value anchor Doug Dunbar on the CBS Weekend Information.
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