This is just mainstreaming bullshit. The discussion is betwee New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and an unnamed reporter:
“These are regular people who are not getting a paycheck,” a reporter explained. “And they’re saying that they don’t have time to wait for all of this testing and they need to get back to work in order to feed their families.”
“Their point is, the cure can’t be worse than the illness itself,” she said. “What is your response to them?”
“The illness is death!” Cuomo exclaimed. “What is worse than death?”
“What if somebody commits suicide because they can’t pay their bills?” the reporter pressed.
“But the illness may be my death as opposed to your death,” Cuomo pointed out. “They said the cure is worse than the illness. The illness is death. How can the cure be worse than the illness if the illness is potential death?”
“What if the economy failing equals death?” the reporter wondered.
“But it doesn’t,” Cuomo replied. “It doesn’t equal death. Economic hardship, yes, very bad, [but it’s] not death. Emotional stress from being locked in a house, very bad. Not death. Domestic violence on the increase, very bad. Not death. And not death of someone else.”
“Got your head around the ‘we’ concept,” he continued. “Think about it as your family that my kid infected. And when you think about it as your family, you have a different perspective.”
The report was undeterred.
“Is there a fundamental right to work?” she asked.
[If there was, we'd all have jobs, and nobody would ever be unemployed.]
“You want to work? Go take a job as an essential worker,” Cuomo remarked. “Do it tomorrow. Right? You’re working. You’re an essential worker.”
“There are people hiring,” he added. “You can get a job as an essential worker. So now you can go to work and you can be an essential worker and you’re not going to kill anyone.”
Reporters don't get a pass for mainstreaming bullshit ideas simply because "objective journalist."