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Social media: Did 21 million cell phones really disappear in China?

Social media: Did 21 million cell phones really disappear in China?

A random “factoid” of vanishing cell phones has reasonable alternative explanations. Media reports love “factoids” – little snippets of items or numbers that add little to the story but enable them to pretend they’ve found something. Random correlations of X and Y are a favorite selection for factoids,

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.

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.

Journalism: Does a coronavirus test cost $3,270? No, it does not.

Journalism: Does a coronavirus test cost $3,270? No, it does not.

A new report with a poorly written headline has been interpreted as the cost of a Covid19 (coronavirus) test is $3,270. In fact, the CDC is not charging for their diagnostic tests. However, this meme has taken off on social media – that a test costs $3,270 – and this claim, in turn, is used for propaganda messaging on a variety of political and health topics.