What Went Wrong with the Media’s Coronavirus Coverage? And Can We Do Better?

The coronavirus pandemic has crippled America. So far, the virus has killed more than 20,000 people in the United States and has sickened more than 500,000 people.

It’s clear now that the US government was woefully unprepared for the pandemic, and that’s been reflected in its messaging to the public since the start.

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One thought on “What Went Wrong with the Media’s Coronavirus Coverage? And Can We Do Better?

  • April 13, 2020 at 11:58 am
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    precisely the way mr. kafka writes his story is what went wrong … of course, he has to open with u.s. government woefully unprepared: if there were stockpiles of testing and protective materials rotting away because there was no pandemic, it would be the government’s mistake, too …
    the media has gone wrong elsewhere: its woeful lack of education and tragically short attention span have caused it to accept, uncritically, too, whatever the world health organization (who) says …
    if they did their homework, they would have known that, about a dozen years ago, who changed its criteria for defining occurrences of diseases, getting rid of the only two standards that matter (morbidity and mortality, and if mr. kafka doesn’t know what those words mean, he can look them up), leaving only the third one, spread of occurrence, but fuzzying the thresholds so there can be no real standards for that, either …
    and, had the media done their homework, they would have known that the so-called medical specialists who proposed these changes went on to win lucrative positions with pharmaceutical companies …
    so, using standard procedures: no, what we have is no pandemic …
    the media also obviously never heard that health authorities keep detailed records of sundry epidemics … those figures are publicly available, free of charge, too … had the media known and checked them out, they would have seen that this year’s results are milder than the last dozen years …
    but that takes work and a bit of concentration …
    instead, the media support an unprecedented (in modern times) power grab that strips normal, law-abiding citizens of their basic rights and freedoms …
    and, after all of that, the media are shocked to see that their credibility has reached rock bottom …
    mr. kafka is crying at a wrong funeral …

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