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Classic media manipulation of your viewpoint – SF Chronicle had to rewrite headline and replace photo illustration

Classic media manipulation of your viewpoint – SF Chronicle had to rewrite headline and replace photo illustration

Over the span of a few days, the SF Chronicle went from a headline emphasizing “Winter Covid surge” to a new title emphasizing “the endgame”, and a new illustration, removing the fear and negativity focus. Sadly, the media always goes for fear and negativity and manages to spin good news into bad. This time they got caught at it.

SF Chronicle labels a group of mostly progressive Democrats as a “conservative parents group”

SF Chronicle labels a group of mostly progressive Democrats as a “conservative parents group”

The news media has labeled any discussion opposing generic cloth facial coverings as motivated by conservatives. In this case, they mislabeled an Open Schools group of mostly progressive Democrats (this is San Francisco where almost no other perspective exists) as “conservative” – because they oppose continuing to force cloth facial coverings on school kids who are fully vaccinated.

NOAA’s claim that July was the hottest month is likely no longer true – but …

NOAA’s claim that July was the hottest month is likely no longer true – but …

An earlier claim from NOAA that July 2021 was the hottest month ever appears to no longer be true after more temperature data was collected. The issue here is: the initial claims made headlines all over the media landscape. The revision, and effectively a correction, has received no publicity. This is unfortunately how media works – and why I consider most news stories to be false until they withstand the test of time.

Faked news: “Israel is now the world’s Covid hotspot with almost 0.2% of population catching it yesterday”

Faked news: “Israel is now the world’s Covid hotspot with almost 0.2% of population catching it yesterday”

A widely reproduced story says 0.2% of Israel’s population tested positive for Covid-19 in one day, and horrors, they are “the most vaccinated country in the world” (actually, no, but that’s a separate error). Wednesday was the start of school classes in Israel. All 1.9 million students were given a Rapid Test kit to be performed, at home, with in 48 hours of the first day of classes. These kits have a higher false positive rate than PCR tests. Regardless, if the prevalence of a diseases in the population is less than the false positive rate of your test, then the majority of your test results (when used to screen the entire population) will be false positives. Read more here to understand why this is a fake news report – and why reporters should never, ever be allowed to work with a number, by themselves – reporters are innumerate idiots.

Misreporting by error of omission: “These 5 states have less than 10% of ICU beds left as Covid-19 overwhelms hospitals – CNN”

Misreporting by error of omission: “These 5 states have less than 10% of ICU beds left as Covid-19 overwhelms hospitals – CNN”

CNN runs a prominent news story about the 5 states where ICU beds available is less than 10%. They conveniently left out many states that are also in that situation, apparently to make a point about Southern states?

Fact check this: Co-Founder of Snopes plagiarized dozens of articles, wrote fake articles too

Fact check this: Co-Founder of Snopes plagiarized dozens of articles, wrote fake articles too

Snopes has just destroyed its own reputation. Their co-founder was plagiarizing dozens of articles from elsewhere, plus writing fake columns and article on the site under a pseudonym. I may no longer link to Snopes except to note that Snopes is now officially an Internet misinformation service.