How The Media Cherry-Picks ‘The Science’ To Ignore The Vaccination Success Of Republican-Led States

How The Media Cherry-Picks ‘The Science’ To Ignore The Vaccination Success Of Republican-Led States


Earlier this week, NPR published an analysis of vaccination rates across the country, titled “There’s A Stark Red-Blue Divide When It Comes To States’ Vaccination Rates.” However, like so many other examples of political insights rooted in “the science,” the data was carefully curated to achieve the desired result: Trump bad, Biden good.

Domenico Montanaro wrote that “surveys have shown Trump supporters are the least likely to say they have been vaccinated or plan to be,” and that “The top 22 states (including D.C.) with the highest adult vaccination rates all went to Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election.” Meanwhile, “Some of the least vaccinated states are the most pro-Trump.”

Accompanying these claims was a deliberately misleading graph, which showed “blue states” as the most vaccinated, with “red states” as the least vaccinated, with a handful of exceptions. However, past the 65% vaccinated mark, every state was blue.

There’s a major political divide in the COVID-19 vaccination push.

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