China, where the virus is thought to have originated, ranked highest in the citizens’ survey, with a score of 85 out of 100. The world’s second-largest economy was followed by Vietnam (77), the United Arab Emirates (59) and India (59), in a list which saw Asian countries take the top spots.
New Zealand (56), which has received international acclaim for its handling of the virus and last week began easing restrictions, was the only Western country to score higher than the global average of 45. Australia (43), the U.S. (41), and all four western European countries surveyed — Germany (41), the U.K. (37), Italy (36) and France (26) — all ranked below the global average.
For funnsies, I took a look at the Press Freedom Index to see how the top countries from this virus response ranked there:
China: 177 (out of 180) Vietnam: 175 UAE: 131 India: 142 Malaysia: 101 New Zealand: 9 Taiwan: 43 Philippines: 136 Indonesia: 119 Singapore: 158
But seriously, it's disappointing--to me, anyway--that a legit news source would run such a store without at least noting the potential problems with the numbers being touted. What's the motivation? Simply to cause outrage? To be clickbait?
If someone argued that the goal was make the current admin look as worse as possible, I'd have a hard time proving them wrong. And so...regardless of the truth of such an assertion, this kind of story is just ultimately more fodder for Trump and his "fake news" cohorts. Really, it's almost as plausible to argue that CNBC ran the story specifically to give Trump more ammo to criticize the media...