Port: Will the election cure coronavirus? | Grand Forks Herald

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The incessant drumbeat about the coronavirus. New cases. New deaths. New food fights over what we ought to do and what we ought to stop doing.

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Do you wonder if the tone of all this will change after the election? Certain people, many of them professional pundits who write columns or host talk shows, seemingly believe the election will cure the coronavirus. To hear them tell it, the only reason this virus is spreading is for want of policies more in line with their preferred ideology. This notion, foolish as it is, has hurt our ability to respond to the virus. Something as easy and completely benign as wearing a facemask has morphed into ideological trench warfare, with the anti-maskers carrying on as if they’re being forced into concentration camps and the pro-maskers all but asking for the dissenters to be tasered into submission by the nearest cop. Sensationalism from the news media hasn’t helped, either.

We live in a time when trust in institutions like journalism and academia is in sharp decline, and a lot of the blame has to be placed at the feet of journalists and academics. On Jan. 31, President Donald Trump put …

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