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Thursday, January 13, 2022

AP junks covid case counts

After nearly 2 years of promoting covid hysteria by parroting government statistics without question, AP is dumping covid case counts. Case counts are junk science. The media finally admits it.

AP said, "The number of case counts soared over the holidays, an expected development given the emergence of a variant more transmissible than its predecessors.

"Yet these counts only reflect what is reported by health authorities. They do not include most people who test themselves at home, or are infected without even knowing about it. Holidays and weekends also lead to lags in reported cases.

"If you could add all those numbers up — and you can’t — case counts would likely be substantially higher.

"For that reason, The Associated Press has recently told its editors and reporters to avoid emphasizing case counts in stories about the disease. That means, for example, no more stories focused solely on a particular country or state setting a one-day record for number of cases, because that claim has become unreliable."

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Where has AP been? Conservatives have pointed out the silliness of using case counts because it is hospitalizations and deaths that matter -- and even those numbers are tainted because the government was not separating those from died with covid from those who died from covid. 

AP is not alone.

Zero Hedge reported, "In August, Germany's top newspaper, Bild, apologized for the outlet's fear-driven Covid coverage -- with special message to children, who were told 'that they were going to murder their grandma.'

"Now, a newspaper in Denmark has publicly apologized for reporting government narratives surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic without questioning them."

The City News Bureau of Chicago standard was if your mother says she loves you, check it out.

I just checked THAT out. According to the Chicago Tribune, that's what the sign said. Naturally, in the 21st century, journalists abandoned that.

There are three reasons why the gatekeepers in the media opened the gates on this one.

Laziness. Journalism is the laziest occupation on Earth.

Getting Trump. Everything the press did from 2015 to 2020 was to get Trump.

Peer pressure. News agencies don't compete. They sleep together.

But with Trump gone and some of the public rebelling against masks (useless) and vaccinations (oversold), the media finds itself in retreat. 

To journalists still shoveling the CDC data, I say go take the civil service test and get a job in the government because you already are shilling for the government. Most government jobs pay better than journalism, have shorter hours, more holidays, better benefits, job security, and a great pension plan.

Journalists claim to hold government accountable.

Covid totally disproved that.

By the way, Sean Hannity called the media's covid hysteria out in April 2020.

36 comments:

  1. Don: Agree, agree, agree and agree more with your column. I am thoroughly disgusting with media, as I have mentioned multiple times. Now that Trump is gone, the narrative is changing to protect Brandon. We are even being told, in Quebec, that maybe we might just have to learn to live with the virus. But as they say on Instapundit: I've seen the lockdowns and the damage done. A little part of it in everyone. Bloody hysteria since the beginning and Hannity (and others) were absolutely right. Well the end result for me is that I don't believe anything I see, read or am told at face value. The trust is gone.

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  2. Journalism gone too, but it was basically gone before the pandemic.

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  3. All good points here. Another benefit of no longer reporting cases is that it helps Biden somewhat. When Trump was in office, CNN and other networks had the case numbers and the death counter showing constantly at the top of the page. That stopped when Biden took office.

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    1. Yet Trump didn't give a single person covid whereas Zou Xiden's owners are responsible for the release of this concoction Fraud Fauci created.
      Would a total lockdown of international travel to and from China have stopped this?
      I don't believe it would have. Maybe delayed the inevitable.

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    2. Agree with that Ep.

      Xiden slowed Covid!!!

      Buttplug saved Christmas!!!

      Amazing.

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    3. And the withdrawal from Afghanistan was "an extraordinary success"!!!

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  4. Maybe there's an upside to Omicron: it finally killed what was left of "journalism" and the MSM.

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    1. I hold that Omicron was God's way of showing the folly of the MSM and the Democrat party.

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    2. The Republican Party loves Big Pharma and the AMA.

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  5. It is also problematic that the states with the most onerous mask and vaccine mandates are reporting more cases and more case counts per million that free and open states.

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    1. That has been pretty consistent throughout this. The trend lines are pretty much the same between strident mitigation efforts and those less so. But the more strident the efforts - more masking, more social distancing, more lockdowns - the worse the case loads were, ever so slightly.

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  6. Been saying this from the start.

    Also about deaths. When car crashes and gunshot wounds are attributed to the Chinese Floozy, time to start making some noise.

    Even here.

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    1. Oh for God’s sake Ed, it is SO not helpful at this point to pat yourself on the back. Even Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp could see that shite over a year ago. Government gives doctors and hospitals money to “TREAT” the fooking flu. No-brained for them, right?

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  7. "It's all about the Benjamins."

    Robert Kennedy Jr:
    "Anderson Cooper's not going to put me on CNN because CNN is run by pharmaceutical companies that give 70% of revenues to the evening news,
    from NPR Bill Gates gives $319 million to public television "

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    1. "... pharmaceutical companies that give 70% of revenues to the evening news..."

      Umm... exactly how does THAT work? Net margins in the pharma space typically run in the mid-20s or so. How do they "give" 70% of revenue to anyone?

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    2. Not 70% of the pharmaceutical companies' revenues. They pay 70% of the evening news advertising budgets.

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  8. I'll add a fourth reason to your list - they are starting to realize how badly the whole covid panic things is polling.

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    1. This is the main reason. They are backtracking because in 8 months, there will be a bloodbath (I really hope). The press has to backtrack in order to memory hole the panic and over the top dictators so they can be elected again.

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    2. *mask and vaccine dictators in some states and in LuAnn's case providences

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  9. I disagree on one point. They Leftist lamestream media did not stop trying to get Trump in 2020. They never stopped. MRC looked at the number of times CNN and MSNBC mentioned Trump and mentioned Biden. Trump was 81,000 times and Biden 4,000. Trump still lives in their heads and they still need to attach Trump to everything just to save the tiny audiences they still have.

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    1. Solution? Cut their heads off. Mischief managed.

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  10. Lissen' up, sheep,
    Divide total deaths number by number of confirmed tested cases. Result= 98.5% ( that's 98.5 out of 100 people, for those of you in Rio Linda) who do not die of or with SARS Covid 19. It's a pandemic of profitability for someone.

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  11. "...separating those who died with covid from those who died from covid?"

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    1. That makes sense. The corrupt hospital managements and pols wrote down tens of thousands of people who happened to have covid when they died despite their having died of their fatal non-covid morbidities. Corrupt Incentive? Corrupt Federal government "reimbursements" (political kickbacks).

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  12. well said Don and I think Sen. Paul has a point

    Sen. Paul to Fauci: “You are the Lead Architect for the Response From the Government and Now 800,000 People Have Died”
    “More people have died now under President Biden than did under President Trump. You are the one responsible.”

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  13. Media Introspection? A Democrat Senator who stands up and acknowledges that destroying the filibuster and ramming through Voter rights legislation without debate doesn't unite our nation? I want to believe that an outbreak of reason is leaking out of the MSM and the Democrat party but I fear the hard LEFT will stomp it out. Biden's blanket labeling of everyone who doesn't support removing the filibuster or voting for nationalizing elections as racist is over the top. A strange way to unify our nation, don't you think?

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  14. Hannity believes Healthcare workers should be made to take experimental medications that do more harm than good and do not stop infection or spread. He is a traitor and should share the wooden stage with many others. He is compromised.

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    1. Vannity panders to law enforcementin a similar way by saying 99% of the people at the FBI are great. There is no possible way the 1% can get away with their treachery without the consent of their subordinates. It would be great if 20% of the people at the FBI were loyal to the mission.

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  15. The key operative words in that are "For that reason, The Associated Press has recently told its editors and reporters to avoid [might have been the opposite, it all depends] emphasizing . . ."

    See, for AP (According to Pelosi), it's all about the narrative they are pushing, nothing less, and certainly nothing more.

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  16. This article misses the real point of the AP ignoring the case count. The real reason is to prop up the Democrats leading into the elections.

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  17. Don, this is a wonderful thing to find.

    I'm reading James Brady's memoir "Superchic" (copyright 1974). He was the managing editor of WWD, then a magazine publisher (and finally landing on the beach in 1974).

    What he had to say about WWD's journalism in the 60s-70s contrasts wildly with the absolute abandonment of standards in the MSM since that time.

    You've made it easier and more fun for me to write up my notes on the book.

    Thanks!

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