Mainstream media resorts to shaming, insulting unvaccinated Americans as COVID surges

The mainstream media has resorted to shaming and insulting unvaccinated Americans as the ongoing COVID pandemic surges, but medical professionals don’t think the “substandard” tactic is appropriate unless the ultimate goal is to further divide the nation.

A Washington Post columnist on Tuesday praised French President Emmanuel Macron for a series of discouraging remarks he made about the unvaccinated, urging readers globally to make life a “living hell” for those who choose to forego the vaccine. The opinion column titled “Macron is right: It’s time to make life a living hell for anti-vaxxers,” was the latest example of liberal journalists and news organizations calling for Americans who declined the COVID vaccine to be treated poorly.

Vanderbilt University professor of critical care Dr. Wes Ely, who studies COVID as part of the team at the CIBS Center, believes in the COVID vaccine but doesn’t think media members who sincerely want to move past the pandemic should mock people who haven’t yet received the jab.

“Shaming people does not change behavior, and in fact, it can get them more entrenched in their current behavior,” Ely told Fox News Digital.

“We all want to do something that will be effective, not ineffective,” he added, noting that addressing concerns of the unvaccinated directly and educating them on the science behind it would be significantly more beneficial to society than mocking them.

“Anyone who calls to shame another human being is resorting to a substandard approach and not a humane approach to helping us increase our connection, our human connection through good communication,” Ely added. “What really is effective is highly effective, you know, interpersonal connection on a human level where we’re listening to one another and shaming isn’t listening. Shaming is talking down to and denigrating and that won’t be effective.”

However, many liberal pundits and columnist have mirrored the Post and attempted to belittle the unvaccinated. MSNBC’s far-left host Joy Reid even suggested that unvaccinated Americans should suffer financially while speaking to a medical contributor wearing a “FAUCI” t-shirt.

“At some point, I feel like people who are willfully unvaccinated, fine, don’t get vaccinated, but they need to pay a little bit more of the cost of what this is doing to our system,” Reid told viewers on Tuesday before noting that other countries punish the unvaccinated by handing out fines, refusing to pay for COVID tests and withholding paid sick leave.

Earlier this week, Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hiltzik encouraged readers to publicly mock the deaths of anti-vaxxers, calling attacks of this nature a “necessary” evil to tamper vaccine skepticism. In a column titled, “Mocking anti-vaxxers’ deaths is ghoulish, yes — but necessary,” Hiltzik declared the deaths of unvaccinated America are “teachable moments” for the nation.

“On the one hand, a hallmark of civilized thought is the sense that every life is precious,” Hiltzik wrote. “On the other, those who have deliberately flouted sober medical advice by refusing a vaccine known to reduce the risk of serious disease from the virus, including the risk to others, and end up in the hospital or the grave can be viewed as receiving their just deserts.”

Dr. Marc Siegel, a Fox News contributor, was hesitant to address the recent rhetoric by outlets such as the Post, MSNBC and L.A. Times because…


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