A brand new euphemism has been coined to explain the palpable panic that reporters have towards conservative Republicans, particularly the Christians. They’re merely being “imaginative contrarians.” Not imaginative atheists.

New York Instances banking reporter Emily Flitter lately displayed on Twitter her flagrant concern of Gov. Tate Reeves of Mississippi, citing a narrative from Bill Fries on the Every day Memphian in Tennessee, headlined:

Miss. Gov.: South’s response to COVID impacted by perception in ‘everlasting life’

Gov. Reeves provided some remarks to “a number of dozen” Republicans at a fundraiser about how religion impacts the native response to the coronavirus:

“I’m typically requested by a few of my mates on the opposite facet of the aisle about COVID … and why does it appear to be people in Mississippi and perhaps within the Mid-South are rather less scared, let’s consider,” Reeves stated.

“While you imagine in everlasting life — while you imagine that dwelling on this earth is however a blip on the display, you then don’t need to be so frightened of issues,” he stated, however added: “Now, God additionally tells us to take needed precautions.

“And all of us have alternatives and talents to try this and we should always all do this. I encourage everybody to take action. However the actuality is that working collectively, we are able to get past this. We are able to transfer ahead. We are able to transfer on.”

Flitter, who labored for years at Reuters earlier than becoming a member of the Instances, imagined like a contrarian that by some means, Reeves might be cartooned as loopy and never caring in any respect about COVID as a result of God will type it out: 

Does somebody really want to counsel that believing an an afterlife equates to “you don’t really care that your constituents are dying”? Gov. Reeves was clearly quoted as being for precautions in opposition to COVID, and he overtly inspired folks to take precautions. So sure, Emily, you are scaremongering and sensationalizing…and panicking in an ignorant means.

This is identical type of anti-Christian bigotry we have been criticizing for years, going again to The Washington Publish reporting on the front page in 1993 on the televangelists Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell. “Their followers are largely poor, uneducated, and straightforward to command.”

PS: Flitter additionally boasted of the media’s position in an anti-Trump thread on January 6 that concluded: 

[Hat tip: @KenShepherd]

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