Study finds U.S. mass media coverage of Covid-19 is excessively negative (and scary) in tone compared to international media, science media, etc. This twisting everything into scary news is intentional – inducing fear creates more clicks and generates more ad views and return visits to keep appraised of what is happening. The fear mongering is intentional.
A relatively small number of people account for sharing of most fake news stories on social media. Much of it originates from people or groups with an agenda – and is propaganda intended to sow societal dysfunction.
Study confirms that U.S. news media turns all news, even positive news, into negative spin stories. In this case, a study looked a news reporting of Covid-19 and found that about 90% of U.S. news reports are negative in tone to the point that there were 5.5 times more stories about rising Covid cases – during periods when cases were actually in decline!
When is something a “crisis” and when is it not? “Crisis” is an intentional word used to evoke emotions – or to call for action. One can choose to use the word “crisis” to suggest something awful (even if not really) or can deliberately choose not to use the world “crisis” to minimize the optics of the situation.
Why the bad-news bias? The researchers say they are not sure what explains their findings, but they do have a leading contender: The U.S. media is giving the audience what it wants. — Show Me The Data (@txsalth2o) March 24, 2021
Teen Vogue hired a new editor, who is Black, but is then fired after another staffer, who is part Asian, outed the editor for inappropriate social media remarks about Asians made when the editor was a teen. Then it turns out – of course – the staffer with Asian ancestry has made past inappropriate comments on social media about Blacks. Social media and acting dumbly as a young person combine to kill off a lot of careers now days.
The bogus World Happiness Report is back. The news media loves to run stories about this annual nonsense report that defines happiness as living in a Scandinavian country. I analyzed and demolished this report back in 2016.
Laziness leads to Reuters showing a thumbnail graphic that is badly out of date, and which may mislead readers into thinking the Covid situation is much worse than it is now. This is not nefarious or intentional propaganda – it is most likely just laziness.
AP fantasizes: “It sounded so ambitious at first blush: 100 million vaccination shots in 100 days.” Not even close to ambitious. More details inside.
According to the NY Times “Unfettered conversations” are taking place on a new cloud-based app. Is the NY Times suggesting all conversations should be monitored by the secret police or their proxies, the tech companies? This seems bizarre.