S.D. Gov. Noem Dismisses Report Claiming Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Was COVID 'Super Spreader': 'It's Fiction'
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The mainstream media, which mostly serves as the Democratic Party’s propaganda wing, did everything it could to blast South Dakota and, specifically, it’s Republican governor, Kristi Noem, ahead of the annual bikerfest held in Sturgis last month.
‘OMG! It’s going to be a coronavirus super-spreader event that will sicken and kill half the country!’ – or something to that effect.
How irresponsible is Noem and the city elders in Sturgis; who do they think they are, endangering our lives like that?
Well, as it always is, the rally was very well attended: According to The Rapid City Journal, best estimates put attendance at 365,979 people, or about 7.5 percent lower than last year.
Not bad considering the pandemic and all.
Almost immediately, the garbage media – which hasn’t reported a single coronavirus death tied to the scores of protests that have occurred over the summer involving perhaps millions of Americans – jumped to report ‘a coronavirus death’ linked to the rally.
That was followed closely by a ‘careful analysis’ by ‘academics’ claiming that the rally spread the virus to a quarter-million people, as Reason reported:
Here's what we were told: An August motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, helped spread COVID-19 to more than a quarter-million Americans, making it the root of about 20 percent of all new coronavirus cases in the U.S. last month. So said a new white paper from the IZA Institute of Labor Economics, at least. And national news outlets ran with it.
"Sturgis Motorcycle Rally was 'superspreading event' that cost public health $12.2 billion," tweeted The Hill.
"The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally held in South Dakota last month may have caused 250,000 new coronavirus cases," said NBC News.
"The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally represents a situation where many of the 'worst-case scenarios' for superspreading occurred simultaneously," the researchers write in the new paper, titled "The Contagion Externality of a Superspreading Event: The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and COVID-19."
Really? Is this true?
Uh, no. And Noem was the first to jump on it.
"This report isn’t science; it’s fiction. Under the guise of academic research, this report is nothing short of an attack on those who exercised their personal freedom to attend Sturgis,” said Gov. Noem in a press release Tuesday. "Predictably, some in the media breathlessly report on this non-peer-reviewed model, built on incredibly faulty assumptions that do not reflect the actual facts and data here in South Dakota.
“At one point, academic modeling also told us that South Dakota would have 10,000 COVID patients in the hospital at our peak. Today, we have less than 70. I look forward to good journalists, credible academics, and honest citizens repudiating this nonsense," Gov. Noem said.
Good journalists are repudiating it, but there may not be any credible academics left anymore given the fact that our system of higher education has long since been dominated by Marxist/Leftists -- some of the same people who tried to tell us that a 'scientific study' from earlier this year 'proved' that riots, protests, and looting-fests have not spread the virus.
Only motorcycle rallies and Trump political events spread coronavirus, don't you know.