Of course, this means better public messaging — and a single, strong voice. To this point in the pandemic, messaging has been shambolic, too many cooks spoiling the broth. (Actually, Chicago has done a better job than federal officials, with the public health commissioner and mayor appearing together and giving coordinated public health recommendations.) The national news media are far from blameless. Too often, they have promoted sensationalism and fear over sober reporting, exacerbating public division.