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Refusing to take off your mask IS ignoring the science now. When the CDC says it's time to ditch the masks you are anti-science if you're ignoring their advice. Can't be angry at the right for ignoring science and using their own risk assessment if you're allowing the left to also ignore the science and use your own risk assessment. Both sides are acting like they know more than the CDC.

I agree get vaccinated it's the right thing to do. But also listen to the CDC on masks. Can't pick and choose which CDC guideline you listen to and pretend you know better than them. Let's all trust the science instead of your gut.

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The CDC hasn't said "ditch the masks." The CDC has said that you probably don't *need* masks in most situations. If the CDC put out something that specifically said, "Do not wear masks. Please. Take them off. No masks. Get rid of them," that would be one thing. But it has never done that.

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"If the CDC put out something that specifically said, "Do not wear masks. Please. Take them off. No masks. Get rid of them," that would be one thing"

The CDC changing the recommendation from "You should wear masks" to "You don't need to wear masks anymore" is essentially the same thing. You can't possibly be this obtuse. Do you understand by your own logic you'll be wearing a mask the rest of your life? Because the CDC is never going to use the extreme phrasing you're demanding of them to let you know it's safe. Do what you want it's your life. But don't pretend you're following the science because you're doing the exact opposite of what the CDC recommends.

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No, it's not "essentially the same thing."

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Stop being anti-science Parker.

"The CDC has said that you probably don't *need* masks"

No, the CDC explicitly said you don't need masks. Not "probably".

https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/1417995218402611201

Watch the video. The CDC said you're wrong. You're saying you know more than the CDC. Which is an anti-science view.

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Jul 19, 2021Liked by Parker Molloy

The CDC hasn't mandated that "thou shalt not wear masks" -- they've just stated that masks are optional for vaccinated people in "most" situations, but they still list a number of situations where vaccinated folks must still mask up, as well as situations where vaccinated people should still take protective measures: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html

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It's remarkable how many liberals on twitter have explicitly stated they only continue to wear masks so they don't get mistaken for a Republican. If you're vaccinated and trust that the vaccine does it's job effectively ... yet continue to wear masks as a statement ... you're undermining the effectiveness of the vaccine. No it is not dangerous in of itself to wear a mask. But it's 100% politicizing mask wearing / COVID if you do it to make a statement.

https://twitter.com/davidhogg111/status/1393191013808754688

https://twitter.com/CCLcaribecrew/status/1393192930165276677

https://twitter.com/Anniewashere1/status/1393202824121524228

https://twitter.com/familyonbikes/status/1393263995163795460

The dems ditched their mask on that strange Texas flight despite flights being one of the few circumstances the CDC recommends to continue to wear them them. Essentially get zero criticism from liberals for it because they were "saving democracy" by impeding the governments ability to function. Dems break covid protocol as in that example = zero scorn for it from other liberals. Whether or not you're judged for your mask wearing decisions is linked pretty strongly to your political identity.

I can't believe we're pretending that vaccine hesitancy didn't exist when Trump was the president. Even Parker in this article here had to start it off by saying "It seems pretty clear what she was saying". It shouldn't be left for interpretation. Kamala should have stated "I trust the vaccine of course I'll take it" instead of going on a bizarre rant about why Trump can't be trust (even though Fauci was still the face of the CDC at the time).

Kamala politicized. Liberals continue to politicize it. Conservatives continue to politicize it. Weird to pretend that only Republicans are politicizing this.

But go ahead pretend tweets like this from famous liberals with a large following = fake news.

https://twitter.com/davidhogg111/status/1393191013808754688

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Jul 20, 2021Liked by Parker Molloy

I certainly don't condone anyone who is wearing a mask just to score political points one way or the other. I'm tired of the politicizing of everything. I was born and raised in the UK and I've lived in California for over twenty years (I've been a US citizen for over sixteen years). Both major parties here are... not exactly where my politics lie, as you can perhaps imagine for a European :)

I don't wear a mask when I'm out and about. I wear a mask when I go anywhere that still requires masks (of course, so far mostly medical facilities) -- and if I'm going to be in some public indoor space for a length of time around people of unknown status who are mostly masked: I live in an area where mask compliance was extremely good and where vaccination rates are also extremely high -- in the grocery store, for example, nearly everyone here still wears a mask; in the liquor store, no one wears a mask; I go with the flow.

When they reopened indoor dining without capacity limits here, I was first in line to go back to dining in restaurants -- because that was the number one thing I had missed during the pandemic -- and I feel pretty safe, spending hours in a restaurant, unmasked, around a bunch of other unmasked people.

I understand that vaccines aren't perfect -- and they have slightly lower effectiveness against some of the new variants we're seeing -- so everyone has to make their own decisions about "risk". Some of my friends are much more cautious than I am -- some of them have friends and/or family with compromised immune systems who are at higher risk so I'm happy to mask up around them if it makes them feel more comfortable -- and some of my friends are less cautious than I am.

Before I was vaccinated, I was extremely cautious because I'm the sole earner in the family and didn't want to risk getting sick and losing my income. My partner was less cautious before they got vaccinated and now they're actually more cautious than I am. Like I say, everyone has to make their own risk assessment.

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Just to be clear. Trump politicized it too. I'm not excusing him being a moron for it either. They've all politicized it and anybody pretending they haven't is being disingenuous to score political points against one side.

But sure let's pretend that only right-wing media politicized it. It wasn't like Joy Reid of MSNBC literally added "I wear a mask!" to her twitter name for months on end. Oh wait..she did.

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Rereading this, what stuns me is how The Federalist managed to influence more mainstream outlets. As you document, The Federalist is so outlandish, so hacky, that it would be sage for a mainstream outlet to print the exact opposite of what it says in any given instance.

I'd say if The Federalist has influence on more legitimate outlets, that's not an alarm going off. That's the crisis, right there.

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