We’ve written a lot here about how Republican Gov. Kristi Noem has carefully balanced Constitutional liberty with public health concerns in her approach to managing the Wuhan virus pandemic in South Dakota.
Her view of how things should be handled in her state has been very much at odds with how “lockdown” types in the media/left prefer that governors manage their states. Understandably, she’s also been her state’s fiercest defender when it comes to attacks on it — and her, whether they be from the MSM or liberal commentators.
It should be noted that the same “journalists” who have routinely ridiculed/mocked Noem’s handling of the crisis have, on the other hand, showered New York’s Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo with praise, treating him like a magnificent hero even though his disastrous pandemic crisis management has been well-documented even by the Democrat-friendly NY Times and the liberal-leaning ProPublica group.
Unfortunately, mainstream media figures are still at it with the South Dakota COVID shaming, so much so that Noem penned a piece for the Wall Street Journal earlier this week defending the state and the decisions made by her and its other leaders in handling the outbreak.
In the piece, she noted that “many in the media have criticized” her anti-lockdown approach while characterizing her as a coronavirus “denier” who has been a “reckless” leader. She also pointed to how these same critics who routinely praise the states (ones run by Democratic governors, naturally) that have taken a draconian approach to managing the crisis conveniently leave out facts about their approach that is completely at odds with established media narratives on what is the “right” or “wrong” approach to slowing the spread of the virus.
On Twitter earlier today, Noem took the hammer to the nail by way of an infographic that really slammed home the point about how the Democratic governors who allegedly did everything “right” in their states were seeing skyrocketing numbers in spite of supposedly doing everything “right”:
Graphs the media won’t share with you.
California and New York locked down, closed businesses, and mandated masks. They did the “right” thing. And STILL cases are climbing. pic.twitter.com/pk1VtJ6075
— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) December 10, 2020