I know, I know. Leave me alone about it being CNN. I should go to more credible news outlets like anything you might find in the checkout lane at the grocery store. But CNN is still a source that is used and reported on in various other outlets and websites as if it's really news.
That's how I saw this, and I just had to laugh. It's classic 'they're tunneling under our houses' The Monsters are Due on Maple Street hysteria of the fifth magnitude. Apparently some people in Missouri are getting vaccinated against Covid - in secret! Why in secret? Because they're scared, scared I tell you, of their loved ones who are antivaxers!
Really, read the "story". It's all there in black and white. As of now, I should mention I know of nobody who has said they oppose others getting vaccines, much less that they would somehow punish or hurt someone for doing so. In a world with billions of people, could there be a few freakish cases of people doing so? Sure. But with that logic, we could make a non-story into a news story about anything. Oh, wait. Yeah.
Anyway, I realize it's unfair to use CNN as an example of the bad messaging that has defined the Covid era. Nonetheless, it's because CNN is hardly unique that I don't feel terrible about it, even if the story is so stupid as to melt your brain.
It illustrates a major problem right now, and that is the clash of agendas around Covid and its reporting that has muddied the waters and led even the most open and acquiescing individuals to at times at least raise an eyebrow. If it was just CNN it would be good for a laugh. But it's not just from laughable sources like CNN. Which is my beef. If the medical community wants me to listen, I ask that it please do its best to sound like the medical community, not a tabloid publication or a used car salesman.
UPDATE: Why waste time with CNN? Because CNN is merely one voice in the chorus of propaganda. So I was just informed that the Gray Lady is picking up on the 'look out they're coming to get you!' hysteria. It's not just one outlet that is the problem, it's the industry. As I tell my boys, believe it or not there was a time when we could tell the difference between grocery store tabloids and mainstream news outlets.