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

Second wave ? The Lake District is rammed with the entitled middle classes of the country from god knows where, all having a good mix, what could possibly go wrong.
Also my eldest who goes back to school Friday has been tracking her schoolmates on some bollocks app. They seem to be returning from the 4 corners of the earth about 4 days before returning to school. Again what could possibly go wrong ?.

Lake District was rammed full of Asians during lockdown if you recall, or was that just the horrible racist Cumbria Police (who issued more tickets for Covid breaches to Asians than anyone else) spent their time flicking through a London phonebook and picked on the ones with 'funny names'.

I've taken my daughter to school twice now so I expect by the 20th we'll all be dead - casualties of the Panicdemic second wave.
 

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UK coronavirus LIVE: True Covid-19 death toll hits 57,400 as Brits urged to take pandemic seriously 'or face bumpy road'

Somewhat at odds with the actual articles 'deaths involving COVID)

Sensible risk assessment required. Whilst we have to get on with our lives we need to be cautious. Although most people who get Covid19 will be unscathed a some will die and a significant number will be very ill and suffer long term and unpleasant effects.

Most of those will be older and have other health issues but not all of them. Some of them will young fit and healthy.

Some of those who have no symptoms will pass the disease to others. In some cases it may be random strangers they got too close to or it may be friends and families.
 
Boris, Chris & Patrick back doing their stuff - shame it had to happen, but good to see the first team are keeping on top of things.

Alas, Pesto & Beff are back - "In July you said {wibble, blether, rhubarb}, but now we may not be clear for Christmas". The implication of Boris having mis-led everyone, wilfully ignoring the correct qualifiers in the July statements.

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose
 
Who TF let Laura, Beth and Pesto out of their boxes? It's been peaceful on the telly for a few weeks then them three come back and spoil it with their utter f**kwittery.
 

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The Govt should just make this into a poster
 

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This morning (right) Charlie laid into Hancock on BBC Breakfast. The BBC has decided they don’t like the Phone App that may help to track people so they’ve decided to destroy it.

Idiot statements like it won’t work if people have old phones; and what about people who don’t have phones? What about people who get a message on their phones and decide to ignore it?

Hancock agreed the technology won’t work on old phones. There’s nothing that can be done about it and it won’t work for people who don’t have phones. He agreed there’s no magic solution. He agreed that if people refuse to comply there’s not a lot we can do.

He tried to explain to the moron in the studio that it’s a weapon in the armoury. There are no solve bullets but the more people who use it the more effective it will be.

The problem with Charlie’s petulant little rant is that it will put people off downloading the App. It will give permission to the idiots. Some people will say there’s no point because it won’t work.

Well done the BBC. You’ve achieved your aim of wrecking the government. OK you may have killed a few people in the process but who cares about that.
 
This morning (right) Charlie laid into Hancock on BBC Breakfast. The BBC has decided they don’t like the Phone App that may help to track people so they’ve decided to destroy it.
Charlie's not the sharpest pencil in the box and relies heavily of the feed from the producer to prompt him with sensible questions. Unfortunately the feed sometimes goes down and like dog off the lead he away and thinks he's the next Andrew Neil.

Apart from teabagging the controller of news I struggle to think of a reason as to why he keeps his job
 
Charlie's not the sharpest pencil in the box and relies heavily of the feed from the producer to prompt him with sensible questions. Unfortunately the feed sometimes goes down and like dog off the lead he away and thinks he's the next Andrew Neil.

Apart from teabagging the controller of news I struggle to think of a reason as to why he keeps his job
Needs a damned haircut, too! :)
 
The Big 3 are back. Boris, Chris & Patrick make their opening statements/presentations

Public questions well put.

LK (BBC) "Prime Minister, you were wrong and you know it, will you apologise?"

Pesto "Scotland highest, NW & NE next. Why are they different?" - what an arrse the man is.
 
The Big 3 are back. Boris, Chris & Patrick make their opening statements/presentations

Public questions well put.

LK (BBC) "Prime Minister, you were wrong and you know it, will you apologise?"

Pesto "Scotland highest, NW & NE next. Why are they different?" - what an arrse the man is.

Just how does the BBC reckons such a question fits into "inform, educate and entertain?"

Ah - I've just got it! LK is working on claiming an entertainment allowance!
 

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Just how does the BBC reckons such a question fits into "inform, educate and entertain?"

Ah - I've just got it! LK is working on claiming an entertainment allowance!
I don’t think they’re bothered about that anymore.

They’re banking on getting the Tories out and installing a grateful and compliant rabble under Sir Kneel-a-lot and a return to sucking from the public teat.
 
A news piece from Sky news this morning:

Small snippets from story:
Senior politicians from four major northern councils have warned the government that existing coronavirus restrictions are "not working", describing some as confusing and others as counter-productive.

Their intervention reflects growing divisions in politics and in the scientific community over how to tackle the growing number of infections
The letter to Health Secretary Matt Hancock was signed by Leeds City Council leader Judith Blake, Manchester City Council leader Sir Richard Leese, Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes, and Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson


What we have here is 4 Labour Politicians trying time undermine the government yet again..

A quote from Joe Anderson:
- there has to be stricter measures that actually bring the virus to a halt
*And what we have here is an idiot Labour politician who’s saying that somehow we can actually stop a global pandemic virus! Like we could all stop having a cold. Or flu.

So a non-story by the media who like to hype up the situation and induce more panic.
The James Bond film Tomorrow never dies really did hit the nail on head when it comes to western media.
 
A news piece from Sky news this morning:

Small snippets from story:
Senior politicians from four major northern councils have warned the government that existing coronavirus restrictions are "not working", describing some as confusing and others as counter-productive.

Their intervention reflects growing divisions in politics and in the scientific community over how to tackle the growing number of infections
The letter to Health Secretary Matt Hancock was signed by Leeds City Council leader Judith Blake, Manchester City Council leader Sir Richard Leese, Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes, and Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson


What we have here is 4 Labour Politicians trying time undermine the government yet again..

A quote from Joe Anderson:
- there has to be stricter measures that actually bring the virus to a halt
*And what we have here is an idiot Labour politician who’s saying that somehow we can actually stop a global pandemic virus! Like we could all stop having a cold. Or flu.

So a non-story by the media who like to hype up the situation and induce more panic.
The James Bond film Tomorrow never dies really did hit the nail on head when it comes to western media.
Beat you to it on the MERS thread :razz:
 

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A news piece from Sky news this morning:

Small snippets from story:
Senior politicians from four major northern councils have warned the government that existing coronavirus restrictions are "not working", describing some as confusing and others as counter-productive.

Their intervention reflects growing divisions in politics and in the scientific community over how to tackle the growing number of infections
The letter to Health Secretary Matt Hancock was signed by Leeds City Council leader Judith Blake, Manchester City Council leader Sir Richard Leese, Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes, and Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson


What we have here is 4 Labour Politicians trying time undermine the government yet again..

A quote from Joe Anderson:
- there has to be stricter measures that actually bring the virus to a halt
*And what we have here is an idiot Labour politician who’s saying that somehow we can actually stop a global pandemic virus! Like we could all stop having a cold. Or flu.

So a non-story by the media who like to hype up the situation and induce more panic.
The James Bond film Tomorrow never dies really did hit the nail on head when it comes to western media.
Again we have totally contradictory demands. The central government needs to take control. The rules are too confusing. Rules should be set at local level....
 
Apologies if it's already been mentioned, but surely a large part of this increase is down to the mass protests which were taking place (not noted for their adhesision to social distancing) & also the increased testing which surprise surprise is leading to increased detection. All blindingly obvious yet totally ignored by MSM
 
UK coronavirus LIVE: True Covid-19 death toll hits 57,400 as Brits urged to take pandemic seriously 'or face bumpy road'

Somewhat at odds with the actual articles 'deaths involving COVID)


To me it looks a lot like frantic arse covering in order to preserve the reputations of those who panicked and went OTT in their predictions of planetary doom.
 
Again we have totally contradictory demands. The central government needs to take control. The rules are too confusing. Rules should be set at local level....

There was (and is) nothing to stop rules being set for localities by either central or local government or a combination of both.
 
One thing the media always fail to report on is the detail in a concise way.

BBC are stating that Paris intensive care beds are 40% full. This is fine and detail that should be reported.
It’s absolutely useless the media and gov going on about infection rates. That quantifies nothing.
But the detail is important. E.g. 100% infected with no intensive care or deaths is good. 50% infected with 90% IC bed capacity full and 75% of the infected dying etc is shite. Now panic.

I use: Coronavirus Update (Live): 36,082,331 Cases and 1,055,286 Deaths from COVID-19 Virus Pandemic - Worldometer
as a means of some detail info. Example France, 3x more infected than 1st wave but death rate currently very low. Same with U.K. etc. It gives a slightly bigger more worth while picture.

Problem with today’s media are they’re all push for mayhem and panic (See Sky news etc) or full of doom and gloom (See DM). Remember, a matt green car is a tank to the media. Why would they want facts to get in the way of a good story frenzy...
 

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