A CNN COVID Obituary

Former US Secretary of State, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, American war hero, husband, father, and grandfather, Colin Powell, 84, passed away Monday morning “due to complications from Covid 19,” the Powell family wrote on Facebook. Powell was fully vaccinated and also suffered from myeloma, a cancer of plasma cells that suppresses the body’s immune response, which put Powell at risk because he was immunocompromised, according to CNN. While CNN attempted to write a glowing obituary of the former General, the story read like an advertisement for the COVID 19 vaccine, which sadly was sprinkled with misinformation and a feeling of “don’t look here, nothing to see here.”

CNN made a point high in the obit to point out: “It is not clear if Powell had received a booster dose of the vaccine. Covid-19 vaccines are a highly effective tool in preventing severe disease and death, but no vaccine is 100% effective. More than 7,000 breakthrough cases of Covid-19 that have resulted in death have been reported to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through October 12. By that time, more than 187 million people in the US were fully vaccinated. That’s one out of every 26,000 fully vaccinated people who has died of Covid-19, or 0.004%. Of those breakthrough cases resulting in death, 85% were among people age 65 and older and 57% were among men, according to the CDC.”

CNN Continued: “CDC data also show that the risk of dying from Covid-19 is more than 11 times higher for unvaccinated adults than it is for vaccinated adults throughout August. Among seniors, who are more susceptible to severe Covid-19, that gap is smaller. Among those 80 and older, the risk of dying from Covid-19 in August was about five times higher among unvaccinated people than among fully vaccinated people.” Well, a little bit of truth makes a much better lie. The very statement by Powell’s family that CNN quoted said Powell, “passed away this morning due to complications from COVID 19. He was fully vaccinated.” I don’t know how a news organization like CNN turns that into “It is not clear if Powell had received a booster dose of the vaccine.” Doesn’t fully vaccinated means fully vaccinated? But let’s not let facts confuse the narrative.

Moreover, the spin on CDC data makes CNN look like the public relations arm for the CDC and the federal government. I guess we knew that all along. Throughout the CDC website, it is reported repeatedly that the vaccines are safe and effective and implies that you are a novelty if you die or are hospitalized with COVID 19 after being fully vaccinated. Recent government studies, however, indicate that 71% of new COVID 19 cases were comprised of the fully vaccinated people aged 65+; the vaccination efficacy waned significantly after four to six months, and it didn’t prevent getting the disease or transmitting it to others. Proverbs 12:17 says, “He that speaks truth shows forth righteousness: but a false witness deceit.” It’s a sad testimony that CNN had to turn Colin Powell’s obituary into a political science commentary about COVID 19.

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Bill Wilson