While our free and fearless press bombards us with good news stories about the arrival of vaccines which will hopefully reduce transmission of Covid-19 to noise floor levels, the reality is that the virus is still present, people are becoming infected in worryingly high numbers, and many are becoming hospitalised. More and more are dying.
That's all the Mail knows about its trusted source
So it is vitally important that the press works to eliminate misinformation. That idea is yet to take hold at the Mail, which was called out by 2017 entrant Tory MP Neil O’Brien today for using a doctored graph in suggesting to readers that deaths right now are barely any higher than before the pandemic (see his thread HERE).
This graph relies on seriously dodgy data
O’Brien is clearly more cautious than many in The Blue Team on Covid-19, and describes the source for the doctored data as “a cranky Covid-denial twitter feed”. That isn’t the half of it: the contents of that feed, calling itself “The Statistics Guy Jon”, should not have been allowed anywhere near a mainstream national newspaper. Even the Daily Mail.
Why that should be is not hard to find. Take this sample Tweet. “Please note: this way of looking at the data, adjusted for record weeks and population presents a less scary picture than the government would like you to have. This will mean that this will be a suppressed tweet. Up to and over to you as to whether people get to see it”. There has been no suppression. But he does let you know how he’s fiddling the figures.
How about spreading scare stories about Government information? Yes, he’s there too: “Since 1st August the Government have been more likely to over report deaths on their Covid Dashboard than before. Reported Deaths have been accurate just seven (7) times from 138 reports. Accuracy rate 5%”. No citation. And nor will there be.
He Retweets Martin Daubney’s Unlocked UK, which features the likes of Michael Yeadon, who has claimed that the pandemic is over. And he does a good line in rank paranoia: “Wrong Think… A new crime. Disagree with the government’s [sic] and you will lose your [youtube channel] [twitter account] [facebook account] Only officially censored questions allowed now. Different opinions will not be tolerated. You have been warned!”
Oh, and “Admissions for covid are estimated to be twice the actual number. Up to 50% are normal hospital admissions who are tested on admission for another condition who also showed no symptoms of covid and are not being treated for Covid”. No citation. Again.
Get the tinfoil hat
One last burst of paranoia? Yeah, why not? “From the moment you are born in the UK you are placed on a register, that register notes where you live, taxes paid NI, jobs you had, where you were eligible to vote, bank accounts etc. This is no dystopian negative future of 1984, this is fact of Britain since 1980s … Your health record everything, this data is accessible to all ministers. How do you feel?” I feel like this idiot is certifiable.
The Daily Mail should not have gone near him. Force for good my arse.
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