Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
It annoys me when writers are carefree with their words. As Mark Twain pointed out: “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. ’tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”
This article starts out saying: “So when a crisis of the magnitude of the COVID-19 global pandemic forces restaurants to close, and their revenue drops to zero overnight, things get particularly dire.”
Except it didn’t. Covid was not the cause, Covid was the excuse. Restaurants were closed by the government and remain closed to various degrees in various states because of politicians
There is no evidence bar patrons in Wisconsin (wide open) are dying in greater numbers than Minnesota (some controls) or California (total ban). Same virus, diffferent government, different revenue loss,
Okay, it’s nit picking. I get that. But still, blaming your restaurant woes on a virus is a conceptual error. It’s not the virus’ fault. It’s the Governor’s fault. And we must not forget that because there is always an excuse to take away your rights, if we’re willing to let them.
Most journalists – including some NPR “science correspondents” – can’t discern cause and effect, or correlation and causation, much less the finer points of science.