People's Skepticism About Covid-19 Is The Fault Of The Lying Mass Media
Date Written: 31/03/2020
Year Published: 2020
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX24151
Coronavirus disinformation is the hot topic of the day but people can't be blamed for distrusting the media that supported government lies like finding WMDs in Iraq.
The statistics are still very blurry and unreliable, but the mountains of testimonies by rank-and-file medical staff pouring in from areas where the outbreak is bad constitute enough anecdotal evidence for me to believe that this virus can very easily overwhelm our healthcare systems if we dont collectively take drastic measures to contain it.
That said, I certainly can't cast blame on people who believe the threat the virus poses is being greatly exaggerated. Not because I think they're right, but because you dont blame a population whos been constantly lied to for their disbelief in what theyre being told by the very political/media class which has been lying to them. Its not the fault of the rank-and-file public that theyre believing conspiratorial narratives, erroneous Facebook memes, right-wing pundits and the US president over the mainstream press; it is the fault of the mainstream press themselves.