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Americans across the country were hurting and desperate to support their families as the coronavirus crisis had caused many states to shut down their economies to stop the spread. With protests breaking out in state capitals, NBC Nightly News made it clear the media elite didn’t care. Anchor Lester Holt even started the show by claiming the “drumbeat to reopen the economy is landing with a dull thud” and pitted protesters in Michigan against an E.R. nurse from New York City.
Holt set the tone for the report right from the beginning. “As the number of COVID deaths surged to at least 32,000 in this country, that drumbeat to reopen the economy is landing with a dull thud in regions still seeing their deadly days,” he chided. “Daily deaths in New York still routinely hovering above 700 and where there is not enough testing capacity to safely ease restrictions.”
Correspondent Gabe Gutierrez kicked off his report by highlighting protesters in Michigan who gathered in Lansing. And despite Holt claiming they were just a “dull thud,” Gutierrez noted that “the calls to reopen parts of the nation's economy are growing louder.” Adding: “Protesters at the Michigan state capitol blasted the governor's straight stay-at-home order…”
While he did show a soundbite of a Michigan woman calling the mass unemployment a “disaster,” Gutierrez chided how “President Trump is now suggesting some states might start reopening before May 1,” by citing New York’s growing death toll.