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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.

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?

Ouch: Science communicators assume you are stupid

Ouch: Science communicators assume you are stupid

Science communications is performed precisely as a propaganda function: “The first is what science communicators call “the deficit model,” which assumes the public is deficient in their understanding of science and need scientists as the learned elites to help the benighted masses.” and “The second limitation is that the goal of health communication is not to inform others, but to change their behavior.”

When billionaires control our public discourse

When billionaires control our public discourse

Facebook, Twitter and Google outrageously censored scientists and doctors for asking questions about challenging issues in the pandemic. Today, we are recognizing that these discussions were important – but silenced by the unethical billionaires of social media.

Media focuses on scary rises in Covid cases but ignores declines

Media focuses on scary rises in Covid cases but ignores declines

Covid-19 cases have fallen dramatically in several states. The media, which gleefully reported the rising case counts, doing its best to create fear and hysteria, vanishes when cases start dropping. They move on to the next state to having rising case numbers. A consequence is readers only see constant bad, scary news – and never see the good news. This causes everyone to live in a constant state of anxiety.