Bingo! The report examined articles shared on Facebook from the New York Times, BuzzFeed, Fox News and a dozen other media outlets and found that the more negative-slanting comments a story drew, the more likely Facebook’s algorithms were to promote it widely. “Outrage gets attention,” surmised the researchers. They ruefully compared the strategy to “feeding users fast food,” an irresistibly effective tactic for hooking an audience that would surely prove harmful down the road. Source: ‘Definitely not the results we…
Academic research confirms the media’s obsession with “missing white women” (specifically, young, blonde, blue eyed women). When someone goes missing, coverage is extreme for missing young white women, drops significantly for missing women of color, and is almost non-existent for men, with coverage of missing white men receiving the least amount of press.
The news media has gone in to overdrive to refer to Ivermectin as a veterinary drug for horses and cattle, not people. In fact, like many drugs, it is approved for use in both humans and animals for certain conditions. In fact, the inventor of Ivermectin received the 2015 Nobel Prize in medicine for this drugs use in fighting tropical diseases.
But here we are: numerous media outlets say people are taking a “horse de-wormer” or a drug for livestock animals and denying that the drug is approved for use in humans, for certain conditions (but not as a viral treatment). The media has gone full scale propaganda mode on this.
Note – Ivermectin has not been approved for use in treat Covid-19. Veterinary ivermectin is provided in doses appropriate to animals, not humans, and using it on humans can cause serious illness, including hospitalization. A far better and lower risk way to address Covid-19 in humans is to get vaccinated. You should get vaccinated if you can do so. This post is not about whether Ivermectin works or does not work, but is about the media coverage that lies through omission of facts.
The book “How Not to Diet” uses an appeal to authority and extensive cherry picking to formulate the author’s argument that we should all eat a plant-based diet.
Another career is ended due to people learning about a reporter’s actual beliefs via the reporter’s own past tweets and social media posts.
CNN, after spending 2020 having Chris Cuomo do alleged news interviews with his brother, NY Gov Andrew Cuomo, has finally banned Chris from reporting on his own brother. A reputable news organization would have done this long ago.
Not at all what was photographed: “”1930, A British Official being carried by a Bengali woman in a remote area of United India where no buses or cars could go.”
Twitter is secretly announcing it has become a satire site, a parody of Twitter itself 🙂
Great example of how the news media always focuses on the negative – gloom and doom works for click-bait and selling eyeballs to advertisers. From the headline you would never know that daily new cases have been trending downwards for a couple of weeks.
Selective coverage is common in the media and is used to spin stories. The media leaves out critical context and details that detract from their pre-determined narrative.