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Irresponsible reporting of corona virus?

(26 Posts)
Artdecogran Fri 06-Mar-20 19:26:19

I read an online daily newspaper and I must admit I am really hacked off with the inflammatory statements and reporting going on. I feel that they have stirred up the food shortages with photos of empty shelves and endless reports of people not finding milk, pasta, toilet rolls and paracetamol so that people rush out to buy. We have had no noticeable advice from the government to calm things down and reassure people. What about the safety adverts they used to run, couldn’t they do something to encourage people to blow their noses into tissues, wash their hands and cough into their elbows when out and about. Nobody seems to be calming matters down instead the press are intent on pouring petrol onto a bonfire and scaring people to death. Then there’s the grotesque ooh 100,000 infected, with the undertone of ooh how high can we make the total. The press can write tens of articles about the same fact and twist it in a million different directions all the while making you feel as if death is banging on your doorstep. Why can’t someone take a lead and be reassuring and responsible for calming us down with sensible instructions and realistic advice. This is like a stampede after an incident, there is the initial casualties and then many more are injured in the panic and stampede that follow. The press take rumours and exaggerate them and present them as facts in many stories, they also quote a ‘reliable source’ in many stories when as far as I can see they’ve made it up. That probably doesn’t matter in many instances but when you are playing with the nation’s health and wellbeing it surely does.

Ilovecheese Fri 06-Mar-20 19:36:46

I do agree. We need public information that we can trust, like those broadcasts they used to do . More leadership is needed from the Government, although they are at least now listening to experts instead of dismissing them.

Ilovecheese Fri 06-Mar-20 19:47:03

The information would have to be shown on Twitter, Instagram etc. as well as TV and radio, now that younger people are not engaging with TV and radio as much as they used to. I seem to remember as well, that the coalition Govt. closed down the department that made the public information broadcasts as a cost cutting measure.

phoenix Fri 06-Mar-20 19:49:29

A lot of the stuff in certain newspapers is just scaremongering bo##ocks and bu##sh%t.

rockgran Fri 06-Mar-20 19:51:54

I agree -tv reporters sound almost gleeful when they can report a rise in cases or an overshopped store.

Daisymae Fri 06-Mar-20 19:56:33

I am not sure that the reporting is irresponsible. Johnson has said today that we need to prepare for substantial disruption that could last for months. I think if anything most people are not bothered enough. This is not going away and its going to get a whole lot worse if the government advisers predictions are correct.

ginny Fri 06-Mar-20 19:59:18

I agree too. I am only watching or listening to the news once a day. One of the main things that annoys me is when they give the number of cases. It is never qualified by also saying how many have already recovered and how many are recovering.
Of course as far as media is concerned Bad news is good news and good news is no news.

EllanVannin Fri 06-Mar-20 20:00:23

Trouble is, there's no news to speak of. The Sussex's are no more, floods have taken a back seat though some homes remain under water, what else is there ??

EllanVannin Fri 06-Mar-20 20:08:42

The media have a lot to answer for in causing the chaos in the shops and even mental illness in many.
I was talking to a neighbour today who'd said that his sister wouldn't be visiting him if the virus was in his area. He said she's paranoid about it.
This is wrong to stir up such a frenzy, people don't need it.

phoenix Fri 06-Mar-20 20:10:02

Well, we've got a Wine & Wisdom evening planned at the Village Hall,..............

Bbarb Fri 06-Mar-20 20:14:09

I'm so pleased to see I'm not alone. Even my usually sensible daughter is fretting and constantly phoning to see if I'm alright (she lives 200 miles away) and she is now urging me to cancel a holiday I booked months ago.
I holiday alone and have done for years, but she's imagining the most terrible scenarios - mainly of me stranded, ill and in a foreign country and unable to return home. She's even gone so far as to offer to give me the money I will lose if I cancel the break.
Who knows? She may be right. I consider myself to be very fit for my age ................ but that's the problem ............... I'm 80.

EllanVannin Fri 06-Mar-20 20:18:57

I'm not far off 80 Bbarb---Que Sera Sera.

Mapleleaf Fri 06-Mar-20 20:26:34

You are right, phoenix. Sadly, many are taken in by it.

Mapleleaf Fri 06-Mar-20 20:29:03

I'm referring to your post of 19:49:29 by the way. 😁

Bbarb Fri 06-Mar-20 20:34:57

EllanVannin its not so much me I'm thinking about, like you I have reached the age of 'if I die, I die' but the possibility that I may infect my nearest and dearest if I 'bring it home'.
We have been given no guidance on the subject so I'm asking myself if its irresponsible to swan off enjoying myself if there's a risk of infecting other people.
But there's nowhere to go for reliable advice.

janipat Fri 06-Mar-20 20:39:45

Some of the reporting is definitely unnecessarily alarming and done for attention grabbing headlines. The reporting of the ridiculous amount of panic buying is causing shortages, as more people panic buy to catch up with the first wave sigh

ginny if you'd be interested in accurate figures of numbers involved in the virus I can recommend this site When it was breaking news of the UK's first death the figure was updated within minutes, so it would appear to be as accurate as possible.

janipat Fri 06-Mar-20 20:44:06

Bbarb, unless you plan to holiday in an infection hotspot you probably have as much chance of contracting the virus here as in many other places. I fear guidance, if/when it comes, will vary widely from source to source. I'm not sure I'd trust our present government to be wholly impartial, or sad to say wholly truthful.

grannyrebel7 Fri 06-Mar-20 20:52:16

Keep calm and was your hands! That's all you can do.

SirChenjin Fri 06-Mar-20 20:59:37

I agree - terrible reporting by the press. If only everyone was so quick to react to the risks of developing heart disease or cancer that kills millions every year by exercising more, losing weight, reducing alcohol consumption, stopping smoking and eating more healthily.

Anniebach Fri 06-Mar-20 21:08:10

On the news today, it was announced a second person had died, this was followed by a reporter standing outside the
hospital where the person had died.

ginny Fri 06-Mar-20 21:11:34

Thank you janipat.

Oopsadaisy3 Fri 06-Mar-20 21:16:55

We watched a chap this afternoon on a News programme and he seemed positively gleeful as he announced the number of deaths and people testing positive.
Shameful really.

Bbarb Sat 07-Mar-20 11:27:12

I was amazed to see someone on TV with a big trolley piled high with paper products - toilet rolls, kitchen paper, j-cloths etc. There were packs on the axles at the bottom and the baby seat too!
No sanitiser, they'd run out.
We'll be digging up our lawns to plant potatoes next!

Wheniwasyourage Sat 07-Mar-20 11:54:26

I wish the papers and other media would stop using terms such as "killer virus" and "deadly virus". Many other viruses from flu to smallpox via measles cause deaths but are not usually referred to in such sensationalist ways.

When the reports of stockpiling and abuse of Asian-looking people come in, I despair of the human race!

endlessstrife Sat 07-Mar-20 12:04:38

Did anyone see the “ Tonight” programme this week? It put a better perspective on it all.