On March 25, CNN’s New Day hosted Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. to respond to criticism that his university is allowing students to return to campus despite the COVID-19 pandemic. While co-anchor Alisyn Camerota did question him about the university’s decision and Falwell’s prior calls for people to go to church, she didn’t bring up his bizarre speculation on Fox that North Korea “got together with China” to create coronavirus.
Falwell also became the latest right-wing media figure to spread false claims about the Obama administration’s H1N1 response in clear attempts to make Trump’s coronavirus response look better, a strategy that the president has adopted.
Falwell’s claim that the two viruses are “arguably in the same ballpark” of severity downplays the fact that, so far, COVID-19 is approximately 50 times deadlier than H1N1.
According to data compiled by the Financial Times, the United States is on track to become one of the world leaders in coronavirus deaths.