ABC News highlighted the public protests of nurses and health care workers about the death of George Floyd in Minnesota police custody, which was a stark contrast to public health guidelines at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
The news outlet headlined its pro-protest article, “Nurses, health care workers kneel in solidarity with protesters.” The article praised the protesting health care workers who “took pause to genuflect in solidarity.” The ongoing protests called for an end to police brutality and police reform after George Floyd, a black man, died in police custody on May 25.
But the article did not acknowledge that public protests could spread the coronavirus and lead to a potential second wave of infections and hospitalizations.
Though health care workers have a right to protest in public, their public protests disregarded public health guidance on public assembly.
During the anti-lockdown protests, the likes of ABC News and the mainstream media blasted protesters for risking the further spread of the coronavirus. But during the Floyd protests, ABC News praised protesters and ignored the potential public health ramifications of public protests numbering in dozens, hundreds, or thousands of people.