Untangling the Media Myths of Covid-19

WSJ: Has there been in recent history a more tendentious, hysterical, data-denying and frankly disreputable exercise in misdirection than the way in which much of America’s media has covered the Covid-19 epidemic?

Perhaps we can forgive them the endless repetition of pandemic porn; the selectively culled stories of tragedy about otherwise completely healthy young people succumbing to the virus. While we know that the chances of someone under 30 being killed by Covid are very slim, we know too that news judgments have always favored the exceptional and horrific over the routine and unremarkable.

Perhaps we can even forgive them the rapidly shifting headlines—each one shouting with absolute certitude—about the basic facts of the virus and its context: its lethality and transmissibility, the merits of mask-wearing, or the effectiveness of this or that therapy. The science is evolving, and so too is the reporting.

But there are larger representations of this massive and complex story that we should mark as simply unforgivable.

First, the notion, implicit or at times explicit, in so much of the reporting, that the U.S. handling of the pandemic has been a globally unique failure. This is quickly ascribed to the ignorance and malevolence of the Clorox-injecting, quack-cure-peddling bozo in the White House.

The death toll in the U.S. stands at around 500 per million people. That is significantly higher than in Germany or Japan, for example, but still some way below the U.K., Italy, Spain and several other European countries. Among the Group of Seven nations, America is right in the middle. more

9 Comments on Untangling the Media Myths of Covid-19

  1. The models were a hoax.

    The death counts are a hoax. The cdc changed the rules for counting deaths for the virus. From died from something, to died with something. Deaths were not counted that way before. The Children’s Defense Fund says if the old way was used, there would probably only be 10% of the deaths currently counted as covid 19.

    The cases are bullshit. They’ve included antibody tests with pcr tests, something that adds layers of deceit to the process. In addition to that, the New England Journal of Medicine says there are up to 30% false positives.
    This, in my opinion, will lead to a complete shitshow this fall. All they have to do is get schools to test, and there are guaranteed to be many cases resulting. Then the fireworks begins. Like in Mississippi a day or two ago. A teacher wasn’t even tested, but had “symptoms” and the school sent 100 kids home and told them to quarantine for 14 days. Can you see how this fall has a good chance of turning into a shitshow?

    The entire thing is a hoax. It’s no worse than the seasonal flu for most all people, and the people that it is dangerous for, Liberal states MURDERED them by sending infected people to nursing homes.

    My question, as always, is just why in the f the republican party does/didn’t do anything about this and why didn’t Trump, at the very least, fire Fauci.

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  2. The UniParty is faceless – its time for a new party that damages the UniParty and with luck our leaders might wake up.

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  3. This all points back to NYC.
    The reporters, news organizations, medical spokespeople, politicians, including Trump, all, are in the NYC bubble.
    They all make everything about NYC.
    A good question I saw asked the other day was “If Montana had over half of the deaths from WuHuFlu, does anyone believe that NYC would shut down?”

    “When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.”

    Thomas Jefferson

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  4. C’mon, Man!
    It’s the flu! The fukkin flu!
    Another Corona Virus seasonal flu!

    Make scary models.
    Inflate the numbers.
    Deprive Americans of their “rights.”
    Unleash the BLM and ANTIFA storm troopers.
    Demand expedients to voter fraud.
    Demand money to pay the derelict cities and states (and the closely associated maggots – the politically connected).

    Stir – lie – prevaricate.
    Repeat.

    It’s little wonder that no one teaches History.

    izlamo delenda est …

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  5. Can’t read the entire article but I can guess what it says.
    The media sells fear and panic and the general public who think that listening to 30 second bites on the “news” shows makes them fully informed and armed to be the boss of the world.
    And it’s all crap.
    None of these sheeple seems to notice the lapdog propaganda machine never talks about S. Dakota or any other state that stayed open and has no problems. They focus on the large, Democrat run cities that put sick people in nursing homes and killed thousands.

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  6. My 90-year-old dad thinks he has a sinus infection, but won’t go to the doctor because he believes if he does, the doctor will say he has COVID, and put him in the hospital and isolate him until he dies. This isn’t far fetched, as a man in a neighboring community fell, and he was declared to have it and was put in the COVID ward. And this is in Georgia. When will the madness stop?

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  7. @The-Mamomma: Get your dad some antibiotics. You can buy antibiotics without a prescription that are marketed for fish tanks and take them yourself. A product sold as ‘Fish Mox’ is amoxicillan. ‘Fish Flex’ is Cephalexin. Etc etc. You can buy them at feed stores or aquarium supply stores.

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  8. Has there been in recent history a more tendentious, hysterical, data-denying, and frankly disreputable exercise in misdirection than the way in which much of America’s media has covered the Covid-19 epidemic? Perhaps we can forgive them for the endless repetition of pandemic porn; the selectively culled stories of tragedy about otherwise completely healthy young people succumbing to the virus. While we know that the chances of someone under 30 being killed by COVID are very slim, we know too that news judgments have always favored the rich and the elites.

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