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"Whoever is careless with truth in small matters cannot be trusted in important affairs." -- Albert Einstein

The Foundation for Economic Education has run a short piece about a study of American media coverage of the pandemic and its effect on public policy. The short post is useful for memorializing both the tenor of the coverage and the consequences of the insane policies it inspired/panicked so many into accepting:
Image by Ferdinand Schmutzer, via Wikimedia Commons, public domain.
"The negativity of the U.S. major media is notable even in areas with positive scientific developments including school re-openings and vaccine trials," the authors found. "Stories of increasing COVID-19 cases outnumber stories of decreasing cases by a factor of 5.5 even during periods when new cases are declining."

The trend toward pessimistic news coverage was so acute, James Freeman noted in the Wall Street Journal, that the media mostly missed the amazing vaccine development story that took place right under their nose. [my emphasis]on
Cue memories of me yelling at the television set about eighteen months ago. I could not believe how fact-free and emotionally manipulative the reporting was.

[T]he lockdowns were worse than useless. While they did little to nothing to slow the spread of the virus, their collateral damage speaks for itself. A global collapse in economic output. A projected 150 million people falling into extreme poverty. A historic surge in depression and social isolation that will have consequences that reverberate for decades. Millions of children thrust into learning environments that appear to be even worse than their previous situations, despite the fact that health officials have for months said closing schools is not an effective way to curb the spread of the virus.
We have just seen how the media and many politicians behaved regarding a relatively small matter -- at least to hear journalists and politicians say it -- compared to the allegedly world-threatening "climate crisis."

After this mercifully short chapter of history, we should at the very least consider the reliability of what the media are saying -- and the wisdom of the remedies our politicians are pushing -- to be suspect.

-- CAV

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