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(Correction: The article initially said that the coronavirus vaccine “was never designed to stop transmission.” This is false. The Pfizer vaccine, for instance, was marketed with a a 95 percent efficacy rate.)
A Washington Post writer’s response to receiving the coronavirus vaccine was so over the top that it was hard not to mistake it for satire.
Karen Tumulty, who works as both the deputy editorial board editor and as a columnist at the Post, announced her booster shot in a tweet posted Friday.
“When I went for my booster today, the pharmacy had a bowl full of lollipops. A lovely reminder of my childhood, when that was what you would get if you didn’t cry. Except I wanted to cry because I was so grateful for science,” she wrote.
When I went for my booster today, the pharmacy had a bowl full of lollipops. A lovely reminder of my childhood, when that was what you would get if you didn’t cry. Except I wanted to cry because I was so grateful for science.
— Karen Tumulty (@ktumulty) November 26, 2021
The tweet prompted support from others who blindly purport to be “grateful for science.” But it also provoked backlash from those critical of her blind adherence to what she’s termed “science.”
Except this “science” appears to be nothing more than the consensus on U.S. television. A consensus that by no means is ubiquitous in the real world.
Here’s some of the backlash:
Virtually everyone I know who has contracted covid was vaxxed beforehand. It didn’t work, clearly.
— David Wohl (@DavidWohl) November 28, 2021
So did my wife and I. Both of us got COVID anyway afterwards. Zero protection.
— Ron Wilson (@CraigNelson55) November 28, 2021
How fitting a reward – a sucker for a sucker! 🍭
— David C. Mathers (@Mayazdad) November 28, 2021
Just in case you don’t know what she meant by science, it is the Television.
— GHOST OF Ragnar Danneskjold🇳🇬🏴 (@AisARagnar) November 27, 2021
I’m grateful for science too. That’s why I’m not getting the jab
— Christopher Synan (@ChristoD_Synan) November 28, 2021
Very touching. But it has nothing to do with science.
— PT (@PeterKore) November 28, 2021
Notice some of the critics pointing out that neither the vaccine nor the booster have stopped them or their acquaintances from contracting the virus.
While it’s true that the vaccines haven’t stopped transmission, they have reduced the rates of hospitalization and death. But you wouldn’t necessarily know this listening to the likes of Tumulty and her peers at the Post.
Over the summer, they penned a joint op-ed insisting that even the vaccinated must engage in social distancing and mask-wearing:
From the WashPost Editorial Board | Mask up (again) and get vaccinated. Now is not the time to let up against covid. @postopinions https://t.co/6Dvu8SyAs0
— Karen Tumulty (@ktumulty) July 28, 2021
Critics pushed back on this rhetoric, arguing that it was not only disincentivizing the unvaccinated from pursuing vaccinations, but it was also breeding a distrust of the vaccine and its ability to prevent hospitalizations and deaths.
Rational policy based on CDC data would encourage the vaccinated NOT to mask. The vaccines are prevent nearly all death via covid, as Biden acknowledges. Masking the vaxxed to protect the unvaxxed — who are also more likely to unmask — incentivizes the unvaxxed NOT to vax.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) July 30, 2021
The Biden administration hasn’t helped. According to reports, the administration has been mulling updating the definition of “fully vaccinated” to only include those who’ve also received a booster shot.
This comes despite the evidence making it clear that the original coronavirus vaccine itself stops hospitalizations and deaths.
“Covid-19 vaccines remain highly effective at keeping people alive and out of the hospital,” according to Bloomberg.
The problem is that Tumulty and her peers are so religious in their zealotry for the coronavirus vaccine and its never-ending list of derivatives that they can’t give it up:
Science is great but you’re letting it fill a religion shaped hole in your heart.
This is dangerous and contra-science.
— Slug-O-Cola: Now available in Independent Taiwan! (@heroicslug) November 28, 2021
Yup, “Follow the science” is definitely a religion at this point…
— ThomasElias (@ThomasEliasII) November 28, 2021
It is the same old club of left wing journos in CBS/ABC/NBC/WaPo/Guardian/NYT, promoting the new religion called vaccinism. @ktumulty
— President-elect Doctor Potter Sibyl (@rashidakhan1977) November 28, 2021
In Tumulty’s case, her religious zealotry is so over the top that it’s hard not to mistake her booster announcement tweet as parody.
I’d think this was parody but then I looked to see who tweeted this. It’s Karen.
Science?? Science is not what that is dear. It’s called political control.
— AbigailAdams (@BattleofCowpens) November 28, 2021
I don’t even have to come up with a snarky joke, this post makes fun of itself
— Senator balls (@BallsSenator2) November 28, 2021
Lmao I thought this was satire for a minute
— Juliette (@DateJulieB) November 28, 2021
is this a joke or stupidity
— dirk fengler (@dirkfengler) November 28, 2021
It’s hard to parody libs when they act as their own satire https://t.co/Gv4NW5KbfV
— Scott Greer 6’2” IQ 187 (@ScottMGreer) November 28, 2021
COVID zealots like her tend to also falsely believe that there’s no such thing as natural immunity. They also have a habit of denying the adverse effects of the coronavirus vaccine, despite these effects being thoroughly documented in the CDC’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System.
Serious question. Have you looked at the VAERS data and seen the number of adverse reactions and deaths eclipsing all vaccines over the past 30 years?
— George T (@GeorgeTheodore_) November 28, 2021
Actual science says long term testing is needed.
Actual science trusts VAERS data.
Actual science accounts for natural immunity provided by antibodies produced by prior infection.
You’re describing faith.
And a faith you’re not allowed to question is a cult, priestess.
— Howie Duett, Nine Star Admiral (@HowieDuett) November 28, 2021
After vaccination, covid becomes far less deadly than the flu. You don’t mask up even BEFORE taking the flu vaccine. Masking post-vaccination is a sign of religious adherence, not scientific analysis and risk assessment.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) April 28, 2021
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