WaPo slammed for ‘morally bankrupt’ column using colleague’s death to push censorship, drags Joe Rogan
Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan has been trolled on social media for using the death of “beloved” staffer Miguel Rodriguez as an opportunity to criticize Joe Rogan and free speech.
Sullivan, former editor of The Buffalo News, published her column on Sunday mourning the death of Rodriguez, a “highly respected” reporter for The Buffalo News, who was unvaccinated and died last week after battling the COVID-19.
Even though Rodriguez had underlying health conditions, like asthma and obesity, that put him at higher risk, and even though the columnist admitted she didn’t know if Rodriguez had even listened to Rogan’s podcast , she has always blamed his death for an outside influence on her decision not to be vaccinated.
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“I don’t know for sure if vaccination and boosters would have saved Miggy’s life. And I don’t know if he had ever listened to Joe Rogan’s podcast, or what his specific reasons were for not being vaccinated,” she said. “What I gleaned is that friends had been pushing him to get vaccinated for months but he and his family weren’t convinced it was wise or necessary.”
Sullivan suggested that of the nearly 900,000 COVID deaths in the United States, many could have been prevented had it not been for the presence of “widespread misinformation that has discouraged so many from getting vaccinated and taking other steps to protect themselves.” protect”.
“Imagine if Rogan were to use his incredibly powerful voice – he has some 11 million listeners per episode – to talk about all of this productively, to counter some of the destructive hold instead of adding to it,” he said. -she writes.
Critics ripped Sullivan’s column, including “The Megyn Kelly Show” executive producer Steve Krakauer, who called him “morally bankrupt” in a tweet.
“What a morally bankrupt column…co-opting the death of a ‘beloved’ colleague to spread pro-censorship misinformation – because if he HAD listened to Joe Rogan, he (sic) was told to get vaccinated, like Rogan said it many times for someone who is “overweight and asthmatic,” he tweeted.
Nationally syndicated radio host Dana Loesch viewed the move as “practical exploitation” as opposed to heartbreak.
Reason associate editor Liz Wolfe ripped Sullivan over the “incredibly disrespectful” decision to “trot” Rodriquez’s death.
“But that rudeness aside…at what point do we say: People have made their choices,” Wolfe wrote. “They’re not mindlessly manipulated by Rogan, they have access to ALL kinds of information.”
American political and economic commentator Yossi Gestetner has argued that since people with lower BMIs are less likely to have comorbidities, the focus on healthy living could also have saved lives throughout the pandemic. Meanwhile, Yahoo Finance editor Javier E. David called the column “shameful.”
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