Next time you see someone on a c*****v****e "news" program pose this question EXACTLY as you have (funny that), ask yourself why they simply pose the "question" as a "talking point" or rhetorical question. They will NEVER ask the question and then go to someone who can actually it - as people on this site can easily do. You'll just see a row of people smugly nodding their heads and smiling as if it' sa "gotcha" question. Problem is, they know that if someone was allowed to answer it, they'd be seen for what they really are.
You will NEVER see famous TV personality X say:
"If a person is worried about getting COVID, and they get the vaccine, the vaccine protects them, correct? Then why should they be concerned if I didn't get the vaccine? Here's expert Y to answer that question."
Mattm16... by any chance does the "16" that follows your moniker refer to your age? If so, that could explain a lot. I was cocky, sure of myself, hardheaded and knew much, much more than everyone who was older than me when I was 16.
Exactly - the notion that opinions deserve "equal time" seems pervasive. If 99.9% of credible scientists believe something and 3% of people with no education "think" something (with nothing to back them up) they demand that their "opinion" be respected.
Without any sense of irony, @mattm16 acknowledges that he "thinks" certain things but cannot justify them. He actually said the following - could there possibly be a more anit-intellectual admission?
"I don't have facts to back up what I think. I just think certain ways." @mattm16 2021
"There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge." -- Isaac Asimov