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 Covid-19 outbreak is extremely serious. However, the news media has done some irresponsible reporting that is creating significant anxiety over above that which people are already experiencing.
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.
There is no such thing as nitrous dioxide.
This. Is. CNN.
CNBC Editor says it would be better for the financial markets if everyone had Covid-19 and perhaps a few million died. Journalism.
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.
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.
Canada proposes mandatory licensing of all who disseminate “news”, not just through broadcasting but also on the Internet, plus regulating “foreign” streaming services.
Executive director of Choice Media explains how to bias news stories in favor of traditional, unionized public educational programs.