For the Global Thinker

Friday, June 5, 2009

Mad journalism disease – more contagious than swine flu?

Mad journalism disease is now raging through the media. According to a report in the Guardian, Mexico's swine flu outbreak has moved to potential "Armageddon" status. There is simply no limit to the hysteria that scientists and their allies are able to generate round a health scare.

People dying from wars, accidents and even routine diseases such as Aids and MRSA get no coverage. The death rate from flu, even in Mexico, is still at about the normal rate. Yet the mention of the words death and virus in the same sentence is enough to wipe all proportion from the reporting mind. Any risk, however minuscule, is worth an Armageddon headline. It is a field day for scaremongers.


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