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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.

Misleading headline: “During WWII, getting the flu vaccine was patriotic. Some no longer view science that way”

Misleading headline: “During WWII, getting the flu vaccine was patriotic. Some no longer view science that way”

Misleading headline: During WWII, getting the flu vaccine was patriotic. Some no longer view science that way The influenza vaccine was not available to the general public until after the end of World War II. The early vaccines were given to military service members during WW II. Reminder: Get vaccinated for Covid-19 and influenza, this fall, if you can and have not yet done so.

Trust in Media drops to 36% of those surveyed

Trust in Media drops to 36% of those surveyed

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans’ trust in the media to report the news fully, accurately and fairly has edged down four percentage points since last year to 36%, making this year’s reading the second lowest in Gallup’s trend. Source: Americans’ Trust in Media Dips to Second Lowest on Record

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.