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The 2020 Corona Virus Pandemic Hall of Shame, Part 1

The 2020 Corona Virus Pandemic Hall of Shame, Part 1

Early on I began collecting online comments about the Covid19 pandemic, recognizing that many would not age well. Here are a few of them. Overall, the public messaging around coronavirus has been inconsistent, contradictory, lacking in clarity, even wrong – and sometimes outright lies. This is part 1 of who knows how many parts to come. This is open ended.

Coronavirus: A data perspective

Coronavirus: A data perspective

Data – in charts – presents a different perspective on the Covid19 outbreak than we may be getting from media and social media. This data does not diminish the very real threat. But it illustrates how the data is presented to us – and sometimes using bright red expanding circles – may mislead our interpretations of the threat creating more fear than necessary.

Journalism: Sunday Times writer thinks killing old people is good because reasons

Journalism: Sunday Times writer thinks killing old people is good because reasons

Sunday Times columnist says coronavirus is a good thing because it kills old people, and only older people are climate skeptics.

This is today’s journalism which finds age-based hate speech is fine. He is oblivious that coronavirus does not kill based on beliefs – it also kills old people who care about climate change, old politicians that want to do something, and older climate scientists.

Coronavirus: A government sponsored disinformation campaign

Coronavirus: A government sponsored disinformation campaign

The daily count of the number of those with Covid-19 is a meaningless number. As long as hardly anyone is tested, when doctors are not permitted to request tests based on signs and symptoms of their patient, the daily count number is so incorrect as to be meaningless disinformation.

Journalism: CNN settles lawsuit with Nick Sandmann

Journalism: CNN settles lawsuit with Nick Sandmann

CNN and many media outlets falsely reported on a confrontation that occurred in Washington DC in January 2019. The media had the story backwards, reversed from what actually occurred, with many media outlets falsely accusing students of racism. Today, CNN has settled the lawsuit filed against them. Several related lawsuits remain pending.