Posts Tagged ‘media mistakes’

COVID-19 in Children

Saturday, June 13th, 2020

What what Alasdair Munro believes: “Children almost certainly DO transmit COVID-19.” How a Daily Mail headline summarizes his paper: “Experts cannot find a single child under 10 who has passed on coronavirus to an adult.” Munro does say, “So where do we stand? We don’t know for sure but growing evidence suggests children are less susceptible to infection, have milder infection, and are infrequently responsible for household transmission.” See the paper to which he contributed. Regarding the misleading media reports, Munro adds, “Looks like many of the more reputable outlets have changed their headlines following some fairly extensive efforts from myself and the excellent media team at [the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health] yesterday.”

Fox Runs Altered Images

Saturday, June 13th, 2020

“Fox News published digitally altered and misleading photos on stories about Seattleā€™s Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) in what photojournalism experts called a clear violation of ethical standards for news organizations,” writes Jim Brunner of the Seattle Times. Fox literally put someone in a photograph who was not really at the scene. Obviously that’s bad and unprofessional. But what struck me about this lede, aside from its important news, was Brunner’s presumption that he couldn’t just come out and state the obvious fact that running manipulated images is unethical. He had to couch the statement as sourced to “photojournalism experts.” That’s the sort of thing that strikes me as faux-objectivity.