CNN has a new look this morning. No, it’s not a change in the on-screen “talent.” All the familiar lovable faces are still there. Nor has the network changed its logo.
What’s different is that, now that Donald Trump is no longer president, CNN has seen fit to deep-six its macabre COVID death ticker, which formerly appeared on the righthand side of the screen. The photo at the top of the page, which is a screenshot from last September, shows the now-defunct ticker.
On his Fox News Channel program last night, Tucker Carlson offered up a plausible explanation for why the ticker has been dispensed with. Clearly the reason was not that the graphic is no longer relevant. Deaths from the dreaded Wuhun virus continue to mount daily, as Joe Biden reminded us the other night in his short speech on the National Mall marking a grim milestone: the 400,000 American death from the disease. So why was the ticker cut?
It’s Joe Biden’s first day in office and you know what that means. CNN can finally take that COVID death ticker off the screen. There’s no reason for it now. It’s not like you can blame Joe Biden for some Chinese virus that escaped from a lab in Wuhan. That wouldn’t be fair. Come on, now. CNN dutifully removed it this morning. COVID deaths? Settle down, America. It’s just a bad flu season.
Joe Biden apparently agrees. He and his family were photographed in Washington last night, without masks. But not a big deal, explained his flak today. ‘He was celebrating a historic day in our country. We have bigger things to worry about.’ OK, makes sense.
By the way, what are those bigger things that Joe Biden is worrying about? Well, since this happens to be Joe Biden’s maiden day on the job, we can actually answer that question with some specificity. You can tell what people care most about by what’s at the top of their to-do lists. At the top of Joe Biden’s to-do list are two things. Opening the borders and crushing our country’s last remaining independent economic sector. So that’s what he is doing.
Cross posted at the Mental Recession