Perhaps cases “are not the best barometer for how we measure the pandemic anymore,” Robby Soave, author and senior editor at Reason, said on “Reliable Sources” Sunday. CNN’s Chief Media Correspondent Brian Stelter echoed that sentiment. “Maybe hospitalizations is the better metric for the media to highlight,” Stelter said, “not cases but hospitalizations.”
And while journalists at local news outlets around the country are doing their best to report the facts and encourage vaccinations, many news consumers remain skeptical of those facts and insist on remaining unvaccinated.
To combat that resistance, some news outlets in states being hit particularly hard are turning to local doctors and health professionals to explain the risks of avoiding vaccines.
“It’s really frustrating because on the one hand you have all this new information that’s come out from you know, health experts every day like the CDC and the NIH,” said Keisha Rowe, a reporter for The Clarion-Ledger in Mississippi. “But on the other hand, you have people in influential roles, … political figures, that are arguing against all of this information.”
“It’s a lot tougher of a job than I ever imagined,” Rowe added. “Trying to inform the public and just having so much backlash — it sometimes makes you question a lot of things.” But Rowe said that all the backlash just makes her “hungrier to get the information out there.”