Jazz wrote about this issue earlier this week but it continues to amaze many people how quickly weeks of media hectoring about killing grandma have been abandoned now that there’s a populist left-wing cause that needs defending. At first, you only saw these complaints mostly appearing on the right but slowly the rest of the media is catching up to the glaring hypocrisy. Here’s Dan Diamond’s take at Politico:

The experts maintain that their messages are consistent—that they were always flexible on Americans going outside, that they want protesters to take precautions and that they’re prioritizing public health by demanding an urgent fix to systemic racism.

But their messages are also confounding to many who spent the spring strictly isolated on the advice of health officials, only to hear that the need might not be so absolute after all. It’s particularly nettlesome to conservative skeptics of the all-or-nothing approach to lockdown, whopoint out that many of those same public health experts—a group that tends to skew liberal—widely criticized activists who held largely outdoor protests against lockdowns in April and May, accusing demonstrators of posing a public health danger. Conservatives, who felt their own concerns about long-term economic damage or even mental health costs of lockdown were brushed aside just days or weeks ago, are increasingly asking whether these public health experts are letting their politics sway their health care recommendations.

“Their rules appear ideologically driven as people can only gather for purposes deemed important by the elite central planners,” Brian Blase, who worked on health policy for the Trump administration, told me, an echo of complaints raised by prominent conservative commentators like J.D. Vance and Tim Carney

“I think what’s lost on people is that there have been real sacrifices made during lockdown,” [Drew] Holden told me. “People who couldn’t bury loved ones. Small businesses destroyed. How can a health expert look those people in the eye and say it was worth it now?”

A couple of days ago Holden who works at the Hill, highlighted this in a Twitter thread that went viral. His premise was simple: The same people who condemned right-leaning protesters as grandma killers are now shrugging off the public health effects of large, daily protests by Black Lives Matter.

These are really just highlights from blue-checked individuals on the left, but I’ve seen hundreds of regular progressives on Twitter making these same arguments about right-wing protests. Now that it’s BLM protesting, they aren’t complaining. In fact, some on the left are preemptively saying it’s unfair of Trump (or anyone) to blame a future increase in coronavirus infections on the protests:

Over at the Atlantic, Conor Friedersdorf has a similar piece which points out the way in which public health officials are suddenly making clearly political (and partisan) arguments. He concludes this will only wind up degrading the credibility of those experts.

On matters of life and death, the reinforcement of progressive social-justice narratives should not get in the way of simple truth-telling. And when it does, it will only undermine the influence of those charged with informing Americans about the pandemic. The fallout: More Americans will decline to heed any public-health advice or journalism, seeing it as ideological and hypocritical.

He’s right of course. Health officials have no right to decide that social justice trumps social distancing. That’s especially true when people have faced real hardships, from loss of jobs to avoiding elderly parents and not attending funerals on the basis of concerns about the virus.

I’m going to wrap this up with another Twitter thread you may not have seen. This one is from Leon Wolf at the Blaze and it goes to the point about the kind of sacrifices people have made in this lockdown which the partisans don’t seem to expect people on their side of the aisle to make or care about.

The left, as always, has two standards, one for the groups they dislike and one for those they support. We’re seeing that double-standard play out really clearly right now.