After the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ dominating victory in Super Bowl LV over the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs, the New York Times tried to spread pandemic fears: “In Tampa, Super Bowl Celebrations Bring Superspreader Concerns.”
But how does the Times treat maskless liberal gatherings?
The 2021 Super Bowl marked the first time a team had won the big prize in its home stadium, and Tampa, Florida fans celebrated under the judgmental eye of reporter Neil Vigdor.
The streets of Tampa, Fla., teemed with boozy revelers into the wee hours of Monday, many of them ignoring pleas from medical experts to socially distance and wear masks, after the Buccaneers crushed the Kansas City Chiefs in Sunday’s Super Bowl. A few scrums broke out.
It was not immediately clear how many people were arrested after the game, which ended just after 10 p.m. local time, or whether the police issued any citations for violations of a temporary ordinance requiring people to wear masks at several popular outdoor spots in the city.
In Ybor City, another part of Tampa known for its nightlife, a sea of people partied late into the night. In videos, few were wearing masks and it was not immediately clear whether any effort had been made to disperse the crowd. A television reporter characterized the scene as “one massive dance floor.”
The scene of thousands of fans tightly packed into the city’s streets and outside Raymond James Stadium represented an alternate universe from the steady warnings by the nation’s top health officials about the risks of the Super Bowl becoming a superspreader event. It also came amid growing concerns that variants of the coronavirus, including one first found in Britain, have become more transmissible.
Outside the stadium, there appeared to be far less of an emphasis on social distancing and wearing masks. Maskless fans in jerseys tailgated, waving Buccaneers flags and listening to music.
After the game, which the Buccaneers won 31-9 over the Chiefs, last year’s champions, a group of fans surrounded a Kansas City team bus. Many of those in that crowd also did not appear to wearing masks. Officers on motorcycles cleared the crowd for the bus to be on its way.
The website even hosted a related video, Maskless Fans in Tampa Celebrate the Super Bowl.”
But although Vigdor was obsessed with masking outside a football game in Florida, his newspaper utterly ignores masks and distancing at mass celebrations started by liberals: The mass street celebrations undertaken by NYC liberals after Joe Biden’s Election Night victory over Donald Trump. The story under the headline “A Rollicking N.Y.C. Celebration for Biden’s Win, Well Into the Night” amazingly featured not a single reference to the virus, only a brief descriptor of one happy Biden fan wearing a mask.
The paper has established a pathetic pattern of selective concern over the dangers of potential virus spread. Fans of college and pro football are seen as fostering potential super-spreader events, yet similar maskless gatherings of liberal NBA fans and Biden supporters occur without a single mention of the coronavirus danger. Science!