All posts tagged: Bias

Comparing headlines

Many are blaming the mainstream media for the panic surrounding the COVID-19 crisis. You can see it by comparing two headlines one from the mainstream media and the second by Breitbart. Both articles are talking about statements made by Robert Redfield, the director of the US Center for Disease Control (CDC). Last week, computer models projected 100,000 to 240,000 COVID-19 deaths in the US, this week Redfield said that number would be “much, much, much lower.” Three “much’s” in a row sounds like a huge reduction and very good news. But compare ABC’s headline (mainstream media) that downplayed the good news: CDC director downplays coronavirus models, says death toll will be ‘much lower’ than projected With Breitbart’s headline that correctly quoted the director: CDC Director: Coronavirus Death Toll Will Be ‘Much, Much, Much Lower’ than Projected

A scientific conspiracy?

A recent article in a major newspaper reveals the disturbing and dark side of science. The Times of London is reporting a group of scientists had decided that pesticides were the reason for the declining honey bee populations and with this bias firmly in place set out to find evidence and write reports that fit their beliefs. And here we thought it was the facts that determined the science, not scientists pre-determining the facts. Silly us. The Times received notes of four high-ranking scientists from a meeting in 2010 where the group allegedly discussed how they could convince European Union (EU) regulators to ban “neonicotinoid pesticides.” They even outlined who would write the articles and how they could co-ordinate their efforts for greatest effect. They also discussed the increased impact of convincing a major scientific journal to publish these articles.