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CNN raises eyebrows with ‘dystopian’ report referring to pre-Covid era as ‘the before-time’ – RT USA News

CNN sparked debate after referring to the “Before Times” – meaning the pre-Covd-19 pandemic – with some accusing the network of willfully creating fear with its “dystopian” language.

The report in question warned grocery store shelves “Do not return to normal this year” after more than a year of problems including labor shortages and transportation restrictions.

Rice Krispies treats, Sour Patch Kids, some Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavors, McCormick gourmet spices, and Marie Callender’s pot pies are all items that may be in limited supply, according to emails seen by CNN, that were sent by the companies behind the products to grocery chains across the country.



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What stands out most about the CNN report, however, is the term “Before the times”, which is capitalized in the article and refers to a time before the Covid-19 pandemic shut down much of the country and lead to grocery stores being overwhelmed, with some even limiting the sale of items such as paper toilet during the first months of the binge.

“If you were hoping that grocery stores this fall and winter would look like they were in the days before, with limitless options stretching out before you in the aisles of snacks, drinks, candy and frozen foods? , be prepared for disappointing news ” The CNN Business article reads before delving into various supply chain issues across the country.

The term “Before the times” sparked more discussion on social media than any concerns about grocery store supplies. Some strongly kissed term, but others have supported the use of such “dystopian” the language in a news article amounted to a deliberate fear campaign.

“They say ‘The Before Times’ like COVID is equivalent to Jesus. Absolute madmen ”, Conservative commentator Robby Starbuck tweeted in response to the CNN report.

According to data from IRI, which tracks stock levels at U.S. grocery chains, 18% of beverages, 15% of frozen food, 16% of snacks, 15% of candy, and 18% of baked goods were in out of stock for the week ending October 3.

Before the pandemic, stockout percentages averaged between 7% and 10%, according to the tracker. Some companies, like Costco and Sam’s Club, have reintroduced sales limits for customers on cleaning and paper products before the winter holidays.

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