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CNBC reporter makes up the news

CNBC reporter makes up the news

CNBC cites a Pew report to claim that more people are sharing living arrangements due to student debts. But nowhere in the Pew report does it say that. In fact, the Pew report suggests the majority of the change is due to the increase in the immigrant population in the U.S. CNBC just made up a news report to push the student debt meme.

Bad news sells

Bad news sells

Business news reporters, who generally do a good job, also admit they believe “unfavorable articles were more likely to attract readers”. The result, across all news media, is that the news focuses on negativity and what is perceived as wrong with the world. There is rarely, ever, good news. This results in entire societies living in an unnecessary culture of perpetual outrage, fear and anxiety. This is not healthy.

“How junk science got spread like wildfire”

“How junk science got spread like wildfire”

Two appalling bad studies were widely shared by “experts” on social media. One was so bad, and its errors so obvious, that they only way they could have decided to share was to do so without having read even the abstract of the study.

Provocative and misleading headline of the day “Russian Official Who Carried Putin’s Nuclear Codes Found in ‘Pool of Blood'”

Provocative and misleading headline of the day “Russian Official Who Carried Putin’s Nuclear Codes Found in ‘Pool of Blood'”

What actually happened: A retired colonel whose past job had him carrying government nuclear launch codes attempted suicide after getting drunk. A bit different than the headline implies considering current world events.

Sad story, sad reporting

Sad story, sad reporting

The story lead attempts to link his death from Covid to schools being open. In fact, schools were closed when he contracted Covid-19 rendering this juxtaposition of phrases as 100% pure propaganda messaging.

Fake news: “COVID-19, shootings: Is mass death now tolerated in America?”

Fake news: “COVID-19, shootings: Is mass death now tolerated in America?”

Reporter asserts all Covid deaths in the U.S. were preventable. My pointing out that Covid was not controlled anywhere in the world (having accurate data collection and reporting), and my pointing out that 27 other countries had worse outcomes than the U.S. is “denying that the deaths were preventable”. Therefore, you are cautioned that my inconvenient questions and observations are official disinformation, as determined by the Associated Press. Also, remember Betteridge’s Law – any headline that ends in a question mark means the story is bull shit.

“Fact check” Telegram channel is itself fake, used to spread “misinformation”

“Fact check” Telegram channel is itself fake, used to spread “misinformation”

A Russian Telegram channel purporting to “fact check” reports about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is itself a fake operation used to spread misleading propaganda messaging. Unfortunately, many “fact check” operations, including from professional Western media, are propaganda messaging in a new form. Read this for some background on that.