• Hysterical Coronavirus Reporting Exposes the Mainstream, Financial Media

    Surge Summary: In an abysmal demonstration of professional malfeasance, the general and financial media are twisting and overstating the effects of the coronavirus – and fueling panic  and potential suffering in the process.

    by Gary Bauer

    Instead of reporting the facts about the coronavirus outbreak, the media are irresponsibly exploiting this public health challenge to try to damage President Trump. While most outlets breathlessly report the number of people infected and killed by the virus, most fail to mention the number of people previously infected by the virus who have recovered with no lasting side effects. More than 50,000 people who have contracted the virus have recovered worldwide.

    When Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, recently said that the death rate for those infected by the virus was not the 2.5 percent that was previously estimated but “probably closer” to 1 percent, that should have been good news. But most of the media didn’t report it that way. Instead, the headlines focused on the fact that the virus is deadlier than the seasonal flu. “Trump’s top coronavirus doctor says it’s more lethal than the seasonal flu,” blared a Newsweek headline.

    The financial media have been just as irresponsible. They should be reminding the public that virus outbreaks don’t last forever. Instead, they’ve been fueling panic by taking today’s dire financial situation and extrapolating it out, as if the health challenge we’re going through right now will never end.

    This is the worst kind of media malpractice. I understand the old journalistic saw that “if it bleeds, it leads.” But obfuscating the truth and playing to the public’s sense of panic and fear is beyond irresponsible. It runs the risk of crushing the economy and causing widespread suffering as a result.

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    Originally posted here.

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    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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