Yep. Fear porn sells eyeballs to advertisers.
Ninety one percent of stories by U.S. major media outlets are negative in tone versus fifty four percent for non-U.S. major sources and sixty five percent for scientific journals. The negativity of the U.S. major media is notable even in areas with positive scientific developments including school re-openings and vaccine trials. Media negativity is unresponsive to changing trends in new COVID-19 cases or the political leanings of the audience. U.S. major media readers strongly prefer negative stories about COVID-19, and negative stories in general.
Between inconsistent, incorrect, contradictory and incoherent public health message and the media’s obsession with fear porn, everyone is terrified – needlessly.