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No institution has failed the public worse than the news media during the COVID-19 pandemic


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No institution has failed the public worse during the COVID-19 pandemic than the news media.

 

It seems impossible that this should be the case, especially considering the federal government’s sluggish, incoherent, and unfocused handling of this crisis. But even the federal government has managed to get some things right. The same cannot be said for our self-important Fourth Estate.

From the very beginning, corporate media got the story wrong, publishing article after article assuring readers the virus is not as dangerous or serious as it sounds.

“Is this going to be a deadly pandemic?” Vox asked on social media on Jan. 31. “No.”:snip:

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