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Month: May 2020

“Fact-checking viral photos, claims”

“Fact-checking viral photos, claims”

As with past events, you cannot trust what you see on social media, when people wishing to make points or instigate further violence begin spreading photos that are from other events occurring months or years earlier. Always, always, always be skeptical of what you see on social media. Always think through whether each point is verified or verifiable – question what you are looking out, even if you want to believe it to be true.

Is this reporter on drugs?

Is this reporter on drugs?

Reporter standing in front of burning buildings says in live broadcast “I want to be clear on how I characterize this. This is mostly a protest. It is not generally speaking unruly.”. Setting fire to buildings is not unruly. Got it.

Study used cherry picked data to prove a false conclusion

Study used cherry picked data to prove a false conclusion

A fake study cherry picks the start date of the pandemic to make a false claim that billionaires became far richer due to the pandemic. The actual purpose of the “study” is propaganda messaging using the methods of cherry picking, appeal to authority, and emotion. The errors made are large enough to be treated as lies, as well.

News media is just an act: Reporter feigns outrage about people not wearing masks while his own crew is not wearing masks

News media is just an act: Reporter feigns outrage about people not wearing masks while his own crew is not wearing masks

A national TV reporter hyperventilates on a live broadcast about people not wearing masks as someone walks by and points out his own crew isn’t wearing masks either. Because this is faked news intended to get your emotions going one way or another. Television news is just a big act now days. I may not be a real TV reporter but I play one on TV …

Winner of best fake news headline award: “UK researchers warn of only ’50 percent’ success for COVID vaccine trial | Fox News”

Winner of best fake news headline award: “UK researchers warn of only ’50 percent’ success for COVID vaccine trial | Fox News”

Headline makes it sound like there is only a 50% chance the Oxford vaccine will work against Covid-19. But that is not what this is about – at all. The real world incidence of Covid-19 is falling rapidly and might be so low that they are unable to see how the vaccine effects individuals contracting Covid-19 – because you can’t get the disease if the disease has largely vanished.

The researchers think that because of this, there is a 50% chance they will have insufficient data by September to say the vaccine meets requirements by then – and the tests may take longer. The headline is intended to lead you astray and emotionally thinking “Oh no! Vaccines won’t work”, which has been a mainstay of speculative scary reporting for the past 2 months.

Why wouldn’t they be scared? “Poll: Americans harbor strong fear of new infections”

Why wouldn’t they be scared? “Poll: Americans harbor strong fear of new infections”

Hysterical fear mongering, doom and gloom reporting based on speculation about highly unlikely future scenarios leads to mass public fear. There is no surprise in this. Thus this poll is measuring the effectiveness of hysterical fear mongering, doom and gloom reporting and not much else.

Censorship: YouTube censors experts who do not quote official guidelines on coronavirus

Censorship: YouTube censors experts who do not quote official guidelines on coronavirus

Youtube joins Twitter in censoring any speech that is seen as a “denial of expert guidance”. This includes censoring fully qualified individuals with PhDs and MD degrees, if they do not adhere precisely to CDC and WHO recommendations regarding any aspect of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Journalism: Story refutes its own headline

Journalism: Story refutes its own headline

Time Magazine ran with the headline “Accidental Poisonings Rise After Trump Disinfectant Comments”; the headline, however, is refuted by the story’s own text. In fact, the rise in accidental poisoning began six weeks before Trump’s bizarre comments, and was part of a longer term trend in an increase in accidental poisoning. The sharp increase that began in February was due to many people acquiring and misusing (and making accessible to children) alcohol-based sanitizers and bleach.