This sticks in the claw of some of my readers--the ones who deny the facts. This comparison comes from The Federalist, "Why Is Big Media Hiding That Illinois Has Far More COVID Cases Than Florida? Because Illinois Has A Democrat In Charge And Tighter Lockdowns" by Jordan Davidson.
In it, she points to statistics compiled by COVID-19 Projections Using Machine Learning. She observes:
Months after outlets such as CNN, NPR, the Washington Post, and others continually targeted Florida for increasing coronavirus cases, the corporate media ignored Illinois, which recorded 15,415 cases in just one day. That’s more than Florida ever reported in a single day, yet Florida is singled out for negative news attention.
“This is despite Illinois’ population being 40% lower,” Youyang Gu, creator of a COVID-19 projection website reported.
While Illinois continues to see climbing cases and deaths, outlets such as MSNBC, NPR, and CNN are choosing to hyperfocus on states with Republican leaders such as Gov. Kristi Noem of South Dakota, who have chosen different COVID-19 mitigation techniques.
Instead of noting these significant trends in Illinois, CNN chose to publish another article on Florida, focusing on the fact that case numbers continue to rise after reopening even though daily new deaths in the state are down.
While Illinois enacted mask mandates, closed restaurants, and discouraged people from holiday travel and gatherings, Gu notes that the state is still experiencing an exceptional amount of cases and deaths per capita compared to states with much higher populations such as Florida, California, and Texas.
What's that about "following the science?"
That's not something that Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is doing when he doubles down on keeping the useless restrictions in the state in place.
My previous posts comparing Florida and Illinois: