Conservatives have accused the mainstream media of a double standard in how they covered former President Barack Obama’s 60th birthday bash and the Lollapalooza music festival versus the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, amid fears of possible super-spreader events as the Delta variant surges in the United States.
This criticism is wrong.
Obama’s birthday party on Saturday, held both outdoors and in a tent at his home in Martha’s Vineyard, required guests – the number of which was scaled back to close family and friends following outcry over the initial reported figure of 475 – to submit a negative PCR test beforehand and follow CDC guidelines during. There was a Covid safety coordinator on site. Dukes County, where Martha’s Vineyard is,