Journalism: How the media turns everything into a negative news story

Journalism: How the media turns everything into a negative news story

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The news media has an amazing ability to turn every bit of good news into a negative news story. Actual headlines seen after Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine announcement.

    • “Pfizer shot faces distribution challenges”
    • “Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine promising but many questions remain”
    • “Pfizer vaccine results leave questions about safety, longevity”
    • “Is Pfizer’s vaccine a ‘magic bullet?” Scientists warn masks, distancing may last well into 2021”
    • “The Pfizer vaccines needs to be stored at minus 70 degrees Celsius. Is the Bay area prepared to do that?” (Hint – common dry ice, available at many grocery stores, has a temperature of -78.5 deg C. Hmmm)
    • “Doctor on Pfizer vaccine: ‘Not sure this one is the game winner’”
    • “Pfizer coronavirus vaccine shows remarkable promise, but experts advise public to ‘put this in perspective’”

Imagine the end of World War II and possible headlines:

  • “Allies win war as Nazi’s fall, but questions remain as experts say it’s not over yet”
  • “Nuclear bomb dropped on Nagasaki: Experts say ‘Not sure this one is the game winner'”
  • “Allies storm Normandy beaches, enter France but questions remain about safety, longevity”

The only point to this negativity is to maintain a high degree of fear in the population. Fear sells eyeballs to advertisers.

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