America needs to hear the bad news first

There’s good news and there’s bad news. Which do you want to hear first?

It might sound strange — maybe even un-American — but when it comes to the pandemic, I’ve been yearning lately for the bad news. It’s not that I’m a defeatist or a pessimist, but I’ve become wary of too-good-to-be-true news. Miracle cures and promises of imminent vaccines have become life rafts for pandemic deniers who are unwilling to face the truth that things are going to be bad for a long time. That isn’t about the glass being half-empty: it’s about accepting reality. And we are long overdue for our leaders to take off the kid gloves and start telling it like it is.


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