A CNN International story posted on the outlet’s website May 24 proved that the channel won’t let a deadly pandemic get in the way of pushing a left-wing feminist agenda, even if it must distort reality to do so: “Coronavirus is killing more men. But the lockdown is disastrous for women and their rights.” Never mind reports showing men were 50% more likely to die of Covid-19, since “experts say focusing purely on health data is dangerous.” Huh?
Digital news producer Ivana Kottasova somehow took an unchallenged fact -- that the coronavirus is killing more men than women -- and turning it into a “women hardest hit” story.
The novel coronavirus seems to be more deadly for men. But in many other ways, women are bearing the brunt of this pandemic.
From a spike in domestic violence and restricted access to family-planning services to disproportionate economic impact, the lockdown measures put in place to stop the outbreak are hurting women and their basic rights a lot more than men. Previous epidemics of Ebola and Zika have resulted in major setbacks for women and girls in the regions most affected by the outbreaks -- and experts and activists are warning the same thing is happening globally right now.
This certainly was an odd way to put it:
A CNN analysis earlier this year found that in the countries for which data was available, men were 50% more likely than women to die after being diagnosed with Covid-19. But experts say focusing purely on health data is dangerous.
More dangerous than a global pandemic?
"We think about this crisis in very narrow terms, only focusing on the health impacts, but we're missing the bigger picture," said Julia Smith, a researcher at the Simon Fraser University in Canada.....
"Men are having worse health outcomes if they become infected, but when we think about the secondary impacts, here we see that women are being disproportionately affected," she added.
A story subhead read: “Women's rights as an afterthought.” At least when they're defined as "abortion."
In the US, several states' officials opted to include elective abortions in the medical procedures limited during the coronavirus outbreak.
And the lack of access to family planning has long-term consequences that will be felt beyond the pandemic, according to Lunz. "Whenever women do not have control over their own bodies, over how many children they want and when they want to have a family, these women and their children and their families are kept in poverty."
Kottasova concluded with a left-wing quote:
"The whole situation is crazy," Marbán Castro said. "Before we put in a measure, we have to think how it's going to affect all the people in our society -- women, children, minorities, homeless people ... this has not happened, the measures have been put in for and by middle-aged men who are not thinking about anyone else."