The media and Covid-19: making a bad situation worse

This mornings terror report popped up on that bing thing

Ok deeper in it acknowledges that this is worst case, very much like the 500 000 dead that failed to happen and its going to be the fault of the kids when they return to school, just like in Sweden when their kids went back to.....oh no they didn't stop going to school did they.

Err ok the drop when the Swedes started wearing masks.....no the fools haven't done that basic fail safe method and are foolishly relying on social distancing.
Lot of good that's done them, if the Spanish have taught us anything about face coverings its that.....oh....err.

Well wear a face covering in a shop (unless you're eating in or its a pub) and then make sure to touch your face every 2 mins or so (to adjust the bloody thing that's shifted down) and ignore social distancing coz you now have a magic cloth that stops fire*.

* Watch This Guy Use a Blowtorch and 'Coronavirus Gun' to Prove Masks Work
 

Dafty duck

On ROPS
On ROPs
'Ken 'ell: I thought we were just getting into summer!

The government’s new concern: winter is coming

'It is remarkable to think that just 15 days ago, Boris Johnson was setting out a plan to end all social distancing by November. But, as I say in The Timesthis morning, the mood in government has become much more pessimistic in the last week or so.

'What most worries ministers, though, is what the uptick in Covid cases now means for the winter. August should be the most straightforward month for dealing with this virus. People are happy to socialise outdoors, the NHS isn’t under pressure from flu and there aren’t hundreds of thousands of people with a cough and a fever as there will be come November.'


I've had some insight into the planning for this, it's not pretty.
 

doc80905

War Hero
Yes I see the Mail (I know :roll:) is whipping up the terror about that today (whilst about 4 stories down has an article saying the complete opposite..

I am convinced now BTW that the government is passing off ideas to the Mail so that they can print them in their own sensationalist way and then the cabinet reads the comments section to gauge the mood. Example, isolate over 50's - comments not good at all (for example Boris is a communist NWO puppet, and "what the UK needs is a proper right wing party to boot out these commies"). Next thing Hancock is furiously distancing himself from the story dismissing it as baseless speculation. Honestly, look at the amount of stuff in the DM "Downing Street sources say" "figures close to the cabinet believe" etc.
 
Note to the media: The scientific evidence regarding Coronavirus probably indicates that the safest course of action is to stop ALL economic activity, social gatherings, public events and movement of goods (including food and other essentials) and people. However, that’s not a very practical approach if this country is to avoid returning to the stone age so please stop banging on about political decisions that may occasionally differ from the scientific advice.

Thank you.
 
Nicks at it again.


Does he suddenly get the urge to be a real Journo and think 'Sod it I'm going to do some actual reporting!'
Then with a more explosive story going on (too soon?) decides to hide a good news story in plain sight?
 
Though in the interests of balance this one is higher up the pecking order:

Naughty racist virus, but that's all the Government fault for not advising them of the rules and they dont speako the lingo in the multi generation housing.

Not one of them.

Well the teens probably do but if they're like any other teen no wonder the non english speaking/reading others don't get the message in the form of grunts and 'whateva'.

Its just a damn shame that technology doesn't allow for some type of multi-language media outlet.
In the future maybe there will be satellite telly and things will go digital then we could have load of assorted channels in all kinds of languages, not just the 4 we have now..........


Really??

Well I never when did that happen??
 
'Ken 'ell: I thought we were just getting into summer!

The government’s new concern: winter is coming

'It is remarkable to think that just 15 days ago, Boris Johnson was setting out a plan to end all social distancing by November. But, as I say in The Timesthis morning, the mood in government has become much more pessimistic in the last week or so.

'What most worries ministers, though, is what the uptick in Covid cases now means for the winter. August should be the most straightforward month for dealing with this virus. People are happy to socialise outdoors, the NHS isn’t under pressure from flu and there aren’t hundreds of thousands of people with a cough and a fever as there will be come November.'


The government needs to actually govern in the traditional sense of the word and stop trying to dance to the tune of the latest media slant.
We’ve had this kind of nonsense since the days of Blair.
Governing means having to make tough decisions and deliver bad news on occasion instead of trying to please all the people all the time.
It’s quite obvious that by far, the bigger threat to the UK is the economy going down the toilet. This needs to be the main focus now, irrespective of doom laden predictions of spikes and second waves.
The virus is not going to go away and the idea that people can cringe in a funk hole until a mythical, magic bullet is found needs to be put to bed once and for all.
 
...
Well the teens probably do but if they're like any other teen no wonder the non english speaking/reading others don't get the message in the form of grunts and 'whateva'.
...
Elderly mother - "What is that man saying on the telly?"

Teenager - a) That I can't go out with my mates, and that you can't go to work.
Or
b) Nothing important.
 
Elderly mother - "What is that man saying on the telly?"

Teenager - a) That I can't go out with my mates, and that you can't go to work.
Or
b) Nothing important.
Tragic, bit probably very close to the mark in many households.
 
OK I think the Mail might have taken things to a new level today 8O

Would the rubble-strewn contaminated sites and their buried residents be cordoned off for the indefinite future?
I detect the makings of a zombie movie.
 

doc80905

War Hero
Councils could bulldoze homes and theoretically I could be Charlize Theron‘s next beau. Utter pump.
Every week pretty much since this started I think that surely we have reached peak Mail, but they always manage to go one better the next day.

I do hope if the government is using the Mail comments to judge opinion that they realise most of the readership don't go much further than the headline before taking to the web to vent their fury. The Telegraph is going much the same way unfortunately.
 
Good to see the military getting some positive headlines from MACA during the COVID-19 crisis.

'With mobile testing sites in Evesham, Droitwich, Redditch and Bromsgrove, armed forces personnel have delivered more than 86,000 self-testing kits at mobile testing units, and 4,000 tests across the West Midlands.

'The Mobile Testing Units (MTUs), each consisting of 12 soldiers, have been deployed across the region, managing the units and collecting and dropping off care home kits to care homes on behalf of the Department of Health and Social Care.

'Troops have set up fully functioning test centres, designed in partnership with British Army engineers, in less than 20 minutes, with each unit possessing the ability to test hundreds of people per day.

'The soldiers have been drawn from Regiments across the UK, including Stafford-based 1st Signal Regiment, 16th Signal Regiment and 22nd Signal Regiment.

'Also involved are Redditch-based 37th Signal Regiment; Wiltshire-based 26th Regiment Royal Artillery (RA), 32nd Regiment RA, 47th Regiment RA and 9th Regiment Royal Logistic Corps as well as reservists from three Royal Auxiliary Air Force Squadrons.


 
And followed by a (somewhat back-handed) compliment to the work of the Armed Forces. Hmmm, the effectiveness of the military v G4S: where have we heard that before?

'The switchover from army-run mobile coronavirus testing to private companies has immediately been met with two major bungles across Greater Manchester.

'An outbreak of 12 cases at Manchester's Royal Mail depot saw the council pointed in the direction of outsourced company G4S for urgent mass testing - but the firm was unavailable for four days. While its government contract meant it could only test during the daytime, despite the depot having a large quota of night workers.

'Manchester town hall was forced to take up the issue with the Department of Health and Social Care - which is leading the switchover - to allow for more flexibility in the contractor's working arrangement, reports the Manchester Evening News.'


 

Sexton Blake

War Hero
This popped up on the BBC website but after less than 9 hours is now relatively 'buried' in the health section with stories about Fleabag and some other more important crap taking higher precedence.


Not good news I guess if the toll is not as high as some journalists would hope compared to other countries.
 
This popped up on the BBC website but after less than 9 hours is now relatively 'buried' in the health section with stories about Fleabag and some other more important crap taking higher precedence.


Not good news I guess if the toll is not as high as some journalists would hope compared to other countries.
BBC are disappointed to learn that the UK is not as shit as it keeps telling everyone it is.
 

Helm

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Hopefully Boris will ring the BBC and shrilly demand that the BBC apologise for using the wrong figures. Then talk over them explaining that the Govt. had supplied them, all the while demanding an apology.
 
Hopefully Boris will ring the BBC and shrilly demand that the BBC apologise for using the wrong figures. Then talk over them explaining that the Govt. had supplied them, all the while demanding an apology.
I would expect a swift counter-claim that Boris was indulging in cultural misappropriation.......
 
 

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