New coronavirus case numbers are still much higher than they should be across the US, and schools are in the process of reopening so those figures will only continue to climb. Many experts believe that there will likely be another big rush of grocery hoarding.
The story sources its “experts believe we’re on the verge of a huge second rush of grocery hoarding” to a July 26 (now 4 weeks old) story, which in turn, cited a local news story from July 22 (oddly enough to my small town paper), talking about grocery store item availability in June and early July. That story – sourcing 6-8 week old data – noted the food pipelines were “coming back online”.
This though became the source for BGR’s report with the breathless and loaded wording “experts believe we’re on the verge of a huge second rush of grocery hoarding” – a claim that is an absolute lie.
How is this not fake news?
The BGR report helpfully advises you on what products to stock up on – with what appear to be convenient affiliate marketing links to Amazon so you can purchase them and BGR can get an affiliate payment. At the time of checking, each link was “Tagged” with a BGR identification.
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Consequently, these are “manufactured news” designed to create paid commissions for product sales. Here is another example of BGR’s manufactured news. In effect, yes, BGR is a fake news web site that works identically to numerous other fake news web sites.
Old news, which says the shortage is being rectified, is translated into a future looming shortage claim. And then, after scaring you with their fake news – using the most powerful of propaganda techniques – fear – encourages you to purchase items that appear to pay kickbacks to BGR.
And by the way, here’s what the CDC’s new cases epi-curve looks like today in the U.S.
By the end of September, new cases/day are likely to be between 10,000 to 20,000/day, in spite of about 10x more testing being done now. That’s a huge drop from the peak days of over 70,000 new cases/day.
Media saturation coverage of Covid-19 focuses on the doom and gloom – there is usually a hint of truth but the likelihood of their doom and gloom is very low. Frankly, most reporting on the pandemic is absurd garbage focused on keeping you scared.