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Although Whitlock tested positive for the coronavirus, she did not participate in any of the ReOpenNC rallies. Instead of WRAL posting that information after they received it, they pushed a narrative as if Whitlock was at the recent protests and many could have been exposed to the virus because of her. What they said simply is not true.
According to sources, WRAL is not fond of the ReOpenNC Facebook group. Their goal is to destroy the grassroots organization and they have officially launched their first attack in an attempt to do that just a day before the next scheduled protest on Tuesday, April 28. Sources say that WRAL knew Whitlock tested positive weeks ago but wanted to launch an attack against her and the group.
Many people are certain that WRAL tried to do this in a way that will keep people who are in support of reopening North Carolina away from the protest. By doing that, it would, in turn, say to government leaders that more people want to keep things closed down, in order to err on the side of caution than to reopen quickly and chance a spike of new infections.
I personally don’t believe that ReOpenNC is a group that doesn’t believe the VIRUS is fake or is real but not a serious matter. I believe that they are a group that believes Americans can contain it without their civil rights being violated.
“FCC rules specifically say that “the public harm: must begin immediately and cause direct and actual damage to property or the health or safety of the general public, or divert law enforcement or public health and safety authorities from their duties.”
Given the current situation in this country with people at their breaking points due to the stress caused by this pandemic, falsely reporting that an individual is currently infected with COVID-19 and had just been at a protest with hundreds of people is a clear violation of the aforementioned rule.
We have already seen Asians, regardless of what country they are from, being brutally attacked because of ignorant people blaming them for the pandemic. Mrs. Whitley could have easily been the target of a similar attack due to the irresponsible reporting by WRAL.
If they have not already been contacted by the FCC regarding this matter, I hope that they will be after enough people contact them to report the violation.