The Washington Post acts exactly as they talk about, while the media pretends that they are the best..
One thing stood out in the sea of COVID complaints last week about Joe Rogan and Neil Young. There was every opportunity to level the charge at Rogan for delivering “misinformation”, but note the abject lack of detailed explanation that followed the charge. Rogan is a false informant on vaccines and viruses. This was just taken as fact.
While there were no efforts to prove that he was in dangerous positions, these accusations still stand. But here is where the reveal comes into play – at the very same time, we have a major news outlet shown to traffic in COVID misinformation. It needs to be labeled as something other than “ironic.” These are the information gatekeepers (by their own labeling) and yet they see no need to be held to the same standard they foist on others.
Let’s start by looking at the Washington Post overview of Spotify’s troubles. According to the Washington Post tech section, Spotify is compared with other social media platforms. These are now under intense scrutiny for their COVID content. Glossing over the fact that the press outlets which constantly preach we follow medical professionals on the subject are following the lead of a decrepit rock musician, look at this assessment of last week’s controversy.
New: Spotify is now facing the same reckoning on misinformation that has long focused on social media sites like Facebook, highlighting how the public debate about how misinfo spreads is evolving https://t.co/AysNGo9KMy
— Cristiano Lima (@viaCristiano) January 31, 2022
Hold that thought for now, and next let’s peer over a recent article from the same paper. As the Neil Young/Spotify scandal was gaining momentum, WaPo published a COVID Report on Friday. It focused on the problems of Regional areas show positive results from test spikes. This seems to be an easy report with good sourcing. Here’s the problem. The paper reviewed the exact same statement in August and concluded that it was inaccurate and that the source who made it was misleading the public.
Florida was experiencing a significant increase in positive tests. This was explained by Governor Ron DeSantis as a result of a seasonal increase in cases. One could point to the fact that later, when other parts of the country were going through similar types of surges, Florida’s case rate and deaths plummeted to near the bottom of states in the country. This seems to be a typical seasonal event. Washington Post says otherwise. “It’s not just a summer thing,” Jason Salemi, an epidemiologist at the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health, told The Washington Post.
Here we are, far behind Florida’s surge in cases. But suddenly the tide has turned. This is quite surprising, as Florida receives national attention when the virus strikes. However, the state that falls at the bottom of the list gets little to no media coverage. The rational seasonal explanation for the increase in Florida’s virus incidence is now accepted by science. Let’s take a closer look at Florida and other parts of the nation.
“This is our covid season,” the Republican governor told reporters last week. DeSantis claimed that the record breaking rise in new coronaAvirusHospitalizations were inevitable as more people gather inside and temperatures rise. However, it is hard to deny that tourism has increased and restrictions have been eased.
Compare that statement to the Post of Friday which reveals almost the same truth.
A new study published in The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene indicates that Covid-19 may show seasonal spikes linked to humidity and temperature. These fluctuations could be increasing at various times of year and for different places, according to the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
Some regions in colder areas (e.g. the Northeast USA) may be more susceptible to cases during winter while others, such the Southern United States, could see higher numbers of transmissions during summer. Two seasonal peak could occur in more temperate areas.
Washington Post! The obvious question becomes, when was the Washington Post delivering misinformation – in the Fall? Oder this Friday. As the latest article explains, August in Florida means that you will experience the highest temperature and humidity. DeSantis, who not only believed the same data but had also predicted the increase based upon the prior year’s results, was therefore deemed to have been wrong. As the DeSantis statements were based both on empirical and scientific evidence, this cannot be excused.
This is the risk that the media faces these days. The press maintains both the standard narrative and an uncompromising approach to any challenge they may face. But when the media changes their position suddenly, it does not seem to be an admission of error. And it definitely isn’t going to include recognizing those who have previously given positions that were wrong, but are now accepted.
They should be criticized for engaging in this behavior. Since they are the self-declared curators of “the COVID truth” they wield influence over those who are arbitrarily deemed unfit to speak. It is important to hold them responsible for their standards.