A Danish newspaper has apologized to its readers for not questioning the government’s data and narratives more throughout the first two years of the pandemic.
The Ekstra Bladet, founded in 1904, said it should have done more due diligence in examining the government’s data and conclusions before reporting them:
“For ALMOST two years, we – the press and the population – have been almost hypnotically preoccupied with the authorities’ daily coronatal,” wrote Bladet journalist Brian Weichardt. “THE CONSTANT mental alertness has worn out tremendously on all of us. That is why we – the press – must also take stock of our own efforts. And we have failed.”
In the mea culpa, which went viral on Twitter earlier this month, Weichardt suggested the newspaper should have asked more questions about how public health officials were tabulating data….. (See link for article)
Media Lies & the Sacred Rites of the Vaccine Cult
The coverage of Szilveszter Csollany’s death shows you being called an “anti-vaxxer” is more about what you think, than what you do.
The Independent has put out an early (and strong) entry for “Worst Journalism of the Year” award, reporting yesterday the death of Hungarian gymnastics coach Szilveszter Csollany under the headline:
Anti-vax Olympic gold medalist Szilveszter Csollany dies of Covid, aged 51
The journalism is terrible, criminally bad. (Go to link for article)
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- Hospitalization numbers are nearly 30% higher than the actual figure due to the difference between being hospitalized due to a positive test rather than actual illness.
- Journalists should have avoided the state’s rhetoric and narrative on hospitalizations and COVID injections.
- U.S. media have viewed Fauci’s utterances as a kind of gospel. MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace could have been speaking for many when she called herself “a Fauci groupie.”
- Fauci has been featured on magazine covers, is the topic of a Disney biopic, and has at least 400 media events—even though his role is not a public relations.
- Treated like a King, the media doesn’t question or criticize Fauci despite his pandemic flip-flops. Some journalists have published articles pushing back on narratives problematic to Fauci’s public messaging at his request.
- To those critical of him, “….they’re really criticizing science,” Fauci said in November, “because I represent science.”
It’s merely to say journalists (and citizens) should recognize their proximity to power and influence, and realize that experts, like politicians, don’t shed self-interest simply because of the work they do. The expert’s data and comments should be scrutinized, dissected, and discussed, not treated as gospel or used as prima facie evidence for coercive policies. (As the economist Ludwig von Mises once pointed out, there is no “ought in science”; science can only tell us what is.)
Ekstra Bladet, Denmark’s newspaper, appears to have gleaned some of these lessons during the pandemic.
Let’s hope more news outlets around the world do the same.
Unfortunately, media in the U.S. isn’t gleaning these lessons and continues to be a mouth-piece of Big Pharma, Big Tech, and government bureaucrats who have severe conflicts of interest and who haven’t treated a patient in 40 years. The reason for this is quite simple, they are bought out.