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Opinion: The data is in: Fox News may have kept millions from taking coronavirus threat seriously
The Washington Post via SF Gate ^ | June 28, 2020 | by Margaret Sullivan, The Amazon Post

Posted on 06/29/2020 3:28:12 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

It's another one of those Trump Era realities best described as unsurprising but nevertheless shocking.

Three serious research efforts have put numerical weight - yes, data-driven evidence - behind what many suspected all along: Americans who relied on Fox News, or similar right-wing sources, were duped as the coronavirus began its deadly spread.

Dangerously duped.

The studies "paint a picture of a media ecosystem that amplifies misinformation, entertains conspiracy theories and discourages audiences from taking concrete steps to protect themselves and others," wrote my Washington Post colleague Christopher Ingraham in an analysis last week.

Here's the reality, now backed by numbers:

Those who relied on mainstream sources - the network evening newscasts or national newspapers that President Donald Trump constantly blasts as "fake news" - got an accurate assessment of the pandemic's risks. Those were the news consumers who were more likely to respond accordingly, protecting themselves and others against the disease that has now killed more than 123,000 in the United States with no end in sight.

Those who relied on Fox or, say, radio personality Rush Limbaugh, came to believe that vitamin C was a possible remedy, that the Chinese government created the virus in a lab, and that government health agencies were exaggerating the dangers in the hopes of damaging Trump politically, a survey showed.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


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1 posted on 06/29/2020 3:28:12 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The politicians helped with it, they didn’t constantly wear masks with full face coverage all the time. They uncovered their own mouths to speak quite a number of times.


2 posted on 06/29/2020 3:30:22 AM PDT by Morpheus2009 (If you want me to be afraid, then be consistent in your logic, standards, and your lies!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Deflecting for their CCP masters.


3 posted on 06/29/2020 3:30:34 AM PDT by Long Jon No Silver
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The Big Lie continues from the Washington Compost. One of the extremist left’s Big Lie tactics is to try to project their own mistakes onto others.


4 posted on 06/29/2020 3:32:20 AM PDT by faithhopecharity (Politicians are not born, they’re excreted. Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 to 43 BCE))
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Just how short term doc they think our memories are?

How about all the Dem politicians virtue signaling about enjoying Chinese New Year celebrations in Chinatown so hey could call the President’s travel restrictions racist. Joe Biden himself called the travel ban on China racist.


5 posted on 06/29/2020 3:35:45 AM PDT by Flick Lives (My work's illegal, but at least it's honest. - Capt. Malcolm Reynolds)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

How am I, my family, and everyone I know, not dead? I broke ALL the rules. I went to the store. I went to a bar! I listened to Rush!


6 posted on 06/29/2020 3:35:51 AM PDT by The Free Engineer
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To: Morpheus2009

Going after fox, fox killed millions! Cuomo, wolf, murphy are our saviors


7 posted on 06/29/2020 3:36:53 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (SOY Mouth)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Gee, that must mean they were concerned with Italy’s “Hug a Chinese Person” event, but I would not hold my breath for that one.


8 posted on 06/29/2020 3:38:19 AM PDT by OttawaFreeper ("The Gardens was founded by men-sportsmen-who fought for their country" Conn Smythe, 1966)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Fox News aligns it self more and more with the left...let’s be friends, let’s have cocktails together...then WashPo does this...who’d have thunk it?

This thread needs meme of scorpion on the frog’s back crossing the body of water.


9 posted on 06/29/2020 3:39:00 AM PDT by CincyRichieRich (Be still, and know that I am God...Psalm 46:10)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Sure thing Margaret.


10 posted on 06/29/2020 3:39:59 AM PDT by sauropod (Quarantine is when you restrict sick people, tyranny is when you restrict healthy people.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
How come Fauci escapes any blame?
The man has contradicted himself on everything he has ever said.
I heard him live on the Cats Round table tell John Catsimatidis that the virus was not a threat to the United States and we had nothing to worry about.
11 posted on 06/29/2020 3:41:24 AM PDT by Falcon4.0
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
What a load of rubbish!
So how come that the vast majority of coronavirus deaths happened in deep blue states and cities who mostly watch CNN MSDNC read the Washington Post, NewYork Times etc and hardly ever watched Fox News, if watching Fox News made coronavirus worse?
If anything, the exact opposite is the case.
Those who deep blue state lefties constantly watch CNN MSDNC etc ended up dying in far greater numbers than the deep red staters who have no time for CNN.
12 posted on 06/29/2020 3:42:09 AM PDT by SmokingJoe
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To: Morpheus2009
I watched Fauci at the podium right next to the President...day after day, day after day....and Fauci NEVER wore a mask until he got exposed.

Even then he said he only wears it when he's near people. Same with scarf lady.

But lets be real....these number jumps....are from the protests....those same folks who marched through the streets and then went to bars to celebrate their disruption of society.....and never wore masks.

13 posted on 06/29/2020 3:42:51 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Falcon4.0
I heard him live on the Cats Round table tell John Catsimatidis that the virus was not a threat to the United States and we had nothing to worry about.

I heard that same interview. Fauci dismissed the Covid as, at most, a case of the sniffles.

14 posted on 06/29/2020 3:44:41 AM PDT by Salvey
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Wow! This takes some nerve.

Fox News was the only network covering the White House briefings day after day.

-PJ

15 posted on 06/29/2020 3:45:33 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (Freedom of the press is the People's right to publish, not CNN's right to the 1st question.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Those who relied on mainstream sources - the network evening newscasts or national newspapers that President Donald Trump constantly blasts as “fake news” - got an accurate assessment of the pandemic’s risks.

Is that why New York State(where they love CNN and the New York Times) had the highest deaths per million on the entire planet?

16 posted on 06/29/2020 3:46:39 AM PDT by SmokingJoe
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To: Morpheus2009
The lib/commie press; the swamp is pulling out all the stops to make sure POTUS is defeated. There are calls now for Pres. Trump to resign. This suggests to me that Joe Biden's election is not as assured as Tucker Carlson and the lib/commie media say that it is.

All this hysteris snd these hysterical smears make me wonder if Pres. Trump's re election chances are as hopeless as the lib/commie media would have us believe it is.

17 posted on 06/29/2020 3:54:19 AM PDT by Stepan12 (potusm)
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To: faithhopecharity

I ran the numbers for my county last night. Our covid infection is 0.16% of the population, 152 cases in total. Just over 9% of the population have been tested. There have been 4 deaths, all with serious underlying conditions. The nursing home were hardest hit. Relatively speaking, this is like a slightly below average flu season where I live.

A number of people wear masks, few wear them correctly. Even fewer have effective masks. There are times when I go to the store that about 50% of the people are not wearing and masks at all.


18 posted on 06/29/2020 3:55:42 AM PDT by Dutch Boy
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To: faithhopecharity

“We must continue to wear masks, avoid social contact, and cower inside our homes, then purchase everything we need on-line from the owner of the Washington Post, Amazon.


19 posted on 06/29/2020 3:57:44 AM PDT by poconopundit (Iron fist in an Irish satin glove: Kayleigh "Shillelagh" McEnany we salute your work!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Fox is infotainment. When I want real facts, I read and compare real data.
NEJM says masks are not useful against this virus. If you can smell through a mask, the virus can pass through.
We know DeWine (OH) has continuously lied to us. When asked to clarify whether new cases were actually multiple cases or multiple tests from one quarantined individual, he completely blew off Jack Windsor.
There is no trust in government officials on this SARS CoV-2


20 posted on 06/29/2020 4:00:45 AM PDT by griswold3 (Democratic Socialism is Slavery by Mob Rule)
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