I have to regularly update my resolve to not respond to one of my ethics-rotted progressive friends when they say to my face, “Nah, there’s no mainstream media bias! That’s just a conservative conspiracy theory,” “You’re not only an idiot, you’re an enemy of democracy.” It gets harder and harder by the day. This has been my ongoing struggle at least since the 2008 Presidential campaign, when the mainstream media kept mocking Sarah Palin’s alleged lack of qualifications to be Vice-President while never mentioning that Joe Biden was a babbling fool or that Barack Obama was objectively less qualified than Palin was.
The Miami Herald headline above isn’t unusual; there are these kinds of lies and public manipulation to assist partisan agendas that appear in the news media every day, all day long, and from more influential sources (boy, I nearly wrote “respected sources,” and no mainstream media source deserves respect) than the Herald. Nonetheless, the headline is unusually brazen.
You see, despite what the headline writers, the editors and the paper wanted readers to think, there were not 901 Wuhan virus deaths on a single day. 901 deaths were reported on that day, but the actual deaths were spread across thirty-six days. This is spectacular deceit, and the intent is obvious: The idea is to turn the public against Republican Governor Ron DeSantis’s handling of the pandemic in Florida, and to show that deaths are reaching catastrophic proportions. A good analogy would be if the recent report that there were an additional 12,000 pandemic deaths in New York nursing homes above what had previously been publicized generated a headline that said “New York Reports 12,000 Nursing Home Deaths in a Single Day!” Yes, the deaths were reported in a day, but they occurred over many days.
Nonetheless, the deceitful Herald headline was spread on social media, with tweets like this:
and this, from another Florida paper…
Twitter, of course, which rapidly bans conservatives (and President Trump) for what it calls “misinformation,” doesn’t mind this kind of thing at all.
The mainstream media and the occupation of journalism cannot and must not be trusted. One recent poll reported that 29% of Americans trusted them, which is ridiculously high. Anyone who trusts the news media is either ignorant beyond survival or gullible beyond belief. The sooner that figure drops to single digits, the sooner the industry might realize it is time to reform.