As if we needed any more evidence of how the mainstream news media is misreporting the COVID-19 pandemic, PJ Media uncovers how they’re deliberately not reporting data in an accurate, transparent, unambiguous way – so much so as to amount to de facto falsification.
Without fail, the media seems intent on making America out to be the lone failure in the world in the battle against the coronavirus … when you look at the number of cases or the number [of] deaths individually and compare them to other countries, the USA seems be the hardest hit…
…that is until you account for population or look at the ratio of deaths per confirmed cases. I’ve previously examined how the United States measures up on cases and deaths per capita, so we know why the media doesn’t report on that, but the media the media also doesn’t want to report about case fatality rate (CFR). And the following graphs will show you why.
I decided to look at the case fatality rate of the United States and compare it to select European countries. We often hear about how enlightened Europe is compared to the United States, with their progressive politics and various version of universal health care. So, let’s see how they measure up (click to enlarge graph):
How about that! Out of the twelve countries compared here, the United States currently comes in at the bottom, ranking at number eleven.
And before anyone suggests that my selection of countries was biased, let’s compare the United States to the entire European Union, and for kicks let’s add Canada into the mix:
Well, look at that. The United States’ CFR (3.93 percent) is significantly lower than the European Union (10.36 percent) and Canada (8.1 percent).
Keep in mind that New York City is the hotspot of the entire world, not just the United States. Had the failure of local leadership by Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio not occurred, the United States would have come out even better when compared to the rest of the world.
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The CFR in the United States is currently just under 4 percent, but that doesn’t mean nearly 4 percent of the people infected by COVID-19 will die. According to the CDC, the overall mortality rate for symptomatic cases of COVID-19 is likely .4 percent.
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Back in March, I noted how the media was avoiding cases and deaths data per capita because that showed that the United States was doing better than other comparable countries. That data didn’t show the United States as number one for deaths or cases. The media wants us to believe the United States is disproportionately losing the battle against COVID-19 compared to other nations because they want the public to blame Trump and vote him out of office.
There’s more at the link.
I think we now understand why President Trump has just taken COVID-19 reporting away from the CDC and assigned it to the Department of Health and Human Services. (Note the NYT’s scaremongering in the linked report. I’m sure they’re concerned – because the news media will no longer be able to manipulate the data as easily and as selectively as in the past.)
I think by now it’s very clear to any unbiased observer that US news media are determined to report anything concerning the COVID-19 pandemic in the most biased, alarmist, scaremongering way they can think of. So much for honesty in reporting. So much for “all the news that’s fit to print”, because they’re printing stuff that’s fit only for the garbage heap, not the front page.
Adding this to all their other many biased reports over the past few years, how will the news media ever regain the trust of the public? I honestly don’t know. I’ll certainly remember this (and their many, many other misdeeds) every time I look at them – and I’ll never trust their impartiality or accuracy again. I hope all Americans will do likewise.