by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
President Joe Biden has achieved a historic milestone less than a year into his presidency, but the mainstream media don’t want you to know about it.
According to “the best available global dataset on the pandemic,” which is published and updated daily by Johns Hopkins University and relied on by Google and the New York Times, more Americans have died from COVID-19 since Biden took office than during the final year of Donald Trump’s presidency.
Despite Biden’s campaign pledge to “shut down the virus” if elected, 417,610 Americans have died from COVID-19 since Biden was inaugurated, which is more than the 408,450 deaths from COVID-19 that occurred on Trump’s watch. Good luck trying to find any recent reporting on these figures in mainstream media outlets. Their silence is in stark contrast to the breathless “blood on his hands” hysteria with which they covered every new case of the virus until precisely Jan. 20, 2021, when the Washington Free Beacon was forced to launch its Biden Covid Death Tracker to ensure the public stayed informed.
Biden and his supporters, including most journalists, were convinced that electing a Democratic president who promised to “listen to experts” and “believe in science” would bring the pandemic to an end. “The first thing Joe Biden and I will do in the White House is get this virus under control,” Vice President Kamala Harris wrote on Election Night in 2020. The Biden-Harris campaign website advertised a “seven-point plan to beat COVID-19 and get our country back on track” based on science and expertise.
Fact check: It didn’t work. Cases are surging across the country, even in blue states with high vaccination rates. Hospitals are filling up with COVID-19 patients, and the virus continues to kill Americans at an average rate of nearly 1,200 per day.