In a bid to convince potential viewers that it is more interested in lecturing the masses than informing them, CNN has produced ads about face masks. “This is a mask,” a know-it-all narrator claims. “It prevents the spread of coronavirus. This is not a political statement. It’s a mask.”
Whenever someone tells you that something is not political, they’re lying. They’re being political and trying to discourage others from challenging their views, because … well, they’re so right there is no other side.
Another CNN ad shows a montage of masks as the narrator declares: “A mask can say a lot about the person who wears it. But even more about the person who doesn’t.” Nothing political there.
Let’s be clear about why masks are a political issue. President Donald Trump rarely wears one. Ditto many of his supporters. On social media, it’s easy to expose no-maskers. Of greatest importance, masks are the rare social distancing policy advocated by Biden and blue state Democrats that don’t kill jobs.
Focus on the mask, however, and you miss the fact that state COVID-19 restrictions on businesses, schools and religious services have devastated the U.S. economy and are truly hazardous to public health.