Friday, May 15, 2020

And they keep on flaming

The Jackson Sun lies.

But they are not alone. So does the Tennessean, the Commercial Appeal, and every newspaper that says things like this

“May 14 update on coronavirus in Jackson: Madison Co. cases remain at 164, 16,699 cases statewide”

If you don’t have the disease, then you aren’t a “case.” If you had the disease, say flu, you say, “I had a case of flu.” That is past tense. When you say, “Madison Co. remain at 164,...” that is present tense,

So, actually, how many cases of Covid-19 that we currently have in Madison County is, are you ready for this??

Fourteen. That’s right, 14. Five are sick and we don’t know their condition. Six are sick, but better. And the status of three is unknown.  Oh yeah, two are deceased.  That’s 16. How about the other 148? Oh, they are recovered.  How do I know? Because the paper, if you read down and into the article:

    Recovered: 148 cases (90%)
    Not recovered: Five cases (3%)
    Better: Six cases (4%)
    Unknown: Three cases (2%)
    Deceased: Two cases (1%)

I think it is time to ask this. Why are all the media leads telling is HOW MANY we have had. The question is, HOW MANY DO WE HAVE NOW?

It’s a fair question. Because the answer tells us how we should act.  Should we go out? Should we tell the government, thanks, you’ve done your job, now it’s time for you to leave?

Fourteen active and 148 recovered says, “Leave!”  But 164 says, “Stay!”

Why does the press slant the news to make thinks look much worse than they are? I think you know. I think I know. And I think they know.

"Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them." - Karl Popper

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