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Swine flu coverage was sensational because Media thought it was crap too... OMG SWINE FLU WILL KILL US ALL IN THE FALL. Plus Headlines of the Week 
Posted by Drew at 2009-05-04 12:14:56 PM, edited 2009-05-04 12:26:39 PM (170 comments) | Permalink
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One week after writing my original article on how the swine flu isn't going to kill us all, the numbers bear it out: ONE new death since last Monday, compared to around 700 people (on average) who will die of the regular flu in a seven-day period. The vast majority of people get over the swine flu on their own with no hospitalization necessary.

Do we get an apology for MSM sending droves of people to hospitals who aren't sick? Driving down the stock market several hundred points on panic selling? Scaring people into cancelling air travel because they might end up in an enclosed space? Causing a run on ammunition and guns by people expecting the apocalypse? No, we get another load of hysteria: swine flu will kill us all next fall. See, it's going to go on summer vacation and come back as Spanish Influenza and wipe out the entire human race. It's happened before. Doubters will be the first to die. No apology for you.

Compare swine flu coverage to the way suspicious explosions in New York City are covered. Almost immediately, MSM reassures us that there is no evidence of terrorism. Do we know what caused the explosion? No, but there's no evidence of terrorism. From the getgo, MSM takes a calmer approach: let's not get crazy here, be calm, wait for the facts.

Next time there's a flu outbreak I'd love to see similar coverage. Please don't go to hospitals unless you really have to because they're busy. Don't fret about the stock market, it's a buying opportunity. No need to cancel air travel, wash your hands a lot and don't stick your fingers in your nose. This is not the apocalypse, we'll get through this. Don't panic.

Here's why we didn't see media coverage aimed at calming people: MSM never believed this was a real threat in the first place. Notice how coverage tone changes when something serious really is going on. "Be calm, don't panic, wait awhile, see what happens." As opposed to pure media-fueled hysteria like shark attacks, bacteria on doorknobs, killer bees, kudzu, white sugar, and so on.

Headlines Of The Week for Sun 2009-04-26 to Sat 2009-05-02:

img1.fark.net  Man gets called into work so he can be fired, returns home to find his house on fire. Wishes he had been laid off    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Lighthouse keeper opens the most isolated café in Scotland. While I respect that a lot, I'd be fired if that were my job, after killing Jason off and countless screaming Argonauts    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Newest thing in car tech? Device that limits teenagers from driving over 80. Back in my day, we called that a Chevette    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  High on a hill hiked a naked trekker / Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo / Townspeople said "Cover up your pecker" / Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Buddhist preacher issues etiquette guide for gay monks. What is the sound of one hand reaching around?    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Fewer Americans are adopting Chinese children, mainly because they'll just want to adopt again 30 minutes later    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Car Flu kills at least 41 in Baghdad    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Adolf Hitler's family won't see any money from the sale of his paintings, since their past efforts raised a little furor    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  The more often Americans go to church, the more likely they are to support torture, with white evangelical Protestants most likely to condone it. Jesus facepalms, glares disapprovingly through the little hole    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Pentagon using Facebook and Twitter to recruit new employees, because if there's one thing the military needs it's someone who posts every minute detail of their life on the web    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Search continues for blind hiker who has been missing for 7 days and 14 nights    img.fark.net


Sports:

img1.fark.net  To: The Yankees - Subject: "You suck " - From: The Tigers - CC: Sabathia    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Mexico decides to conduct a bunch of soccer games the way we do in the US: With no fans in the stands    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Kentucky Derby fans endure three hours elbow-to-elbow with drunken, sweaty idiots wearing ridiculous clothing just to get two minutes of action, much like submitter's prom night    img.fark.net


Geek:

img1.fark.net  Apple and Verizon may be in talks to produce a device that might "shake up the tech industry." Insiders say it will be called the iPerbole    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Ice chunk larger than the state of Rhode Island breaking off of the Antarctic shelf. Yay, Rhode Island's back as a unit of measurement    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Experts warn that the Internet is running out of bandw    img.fark.net


Showbiz:

img1.fark.net  Maagie Gyllenhaal aand Peter Sarsgaard aanounce maarriaage plaans for Itaaly in Maay. The aacting couple, daating aas of 2002, aalreaady haas aa daaughter named Raamonaa    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  World's largest tub of popcorn being constructed as a promotion. You can wash it down with the world's largest cup of soda, also known in the movie theater business as a "medium"    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Papa of African girl to Madonna: "I've made up my mind, I'm keeping my baby"    img.fark.net


Politics:

img1.fark.net  "Citrus plot" makes paranoid Iranians so fearful of Israelis they look for conspiracies in oranges, are still blaming everything on the juice    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Obama secretly tested for swine flu after man he shook hands with in Mexico drops dead the next day. Officials concerned because Obama's touch usually heals    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  White House apologizes for Biden's swine flu comments, Manhattan fly-by, President Bush, New Coke, destruction of the Library at Alexandria, and for calling time-out with 11 seconds left in the game when they were out of time-outs  


Music:

img1.fark.net  Some Geek creates a song based on the components of the H1N1 virus. Still not as catchy as "Baby, Can You Dig Your Man?" (link to mp3 file in article)    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  What do you do with a rural road said to have little bumps, tight curves and accidents seem to be cousin' a pile up? Name it after Jerry Lee Lewis    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  New movie chronicles history of NYC punk club CBGB. Farkers under 25 think that store has some really cute clothes    img.fark.net


Business:

img1.fark.net  US Airways to add a fee for paying a fee. Don't hold your breath that this will go away, unless you want to start practicing for the day they start charging for air    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Citigroup asks for Timmah Geithner's blessing to pay corporate bonuses, on this, the day of his daughter's wedding    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  We don't make a lot of the things you buy, and that's kind of our problem. BASF    img.fark.net
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2009-05-04 12:19:25 PM
wow. that headline's, uh, really good. hittin' the bourbon and branch early?
 
2009-05-04 12:20:52 PM
albo: wow. that headline's, uh, really good. hittin' the bourbon and branch early?

Why not? I've already hit the box wine.
 
2009-05-04 12:22:02 PM
woo hoo! I finally got a headline up there. I AM someone!
 
2009-05-04 12:22:52 PM
Better than being on a hair Bristol, Piper, Track, or Willow.
 
2009-05-04 12:23:42 PM
I thought CNN already showed some cognitive dissonance by saying the media created unnecessary hype and panic about the swine flu, and that we should all panic because the first fake panic caused people to panic and overwhelm the hospitals, so there's not enough medicine to go around
 
2009-05-04 12:24:17 PM
The headline lost me for the first 3 times I read it.
 
2009-05-04 12:25:03 PM
Wait, white sugar is bad?

/loves me some white sug-ah!
 
2009-05-04 12:27:28 PM
griffer: Wait, white sugar is bad?

/loves me some white sug-ah!


GOOD SLIGHTLY AFTERNOON, GRIFFER
 
2009-05-04 12:33:44 PM
the radio said this morning that KY has a 4th "suspected case". They said everyone should "be concerned, but not panicked".

I'm so tired of hearing of about over-hyped flu.
 
2009-05-04 12:37:25 PM
whatever! I'm picking my nose and you can't stop me.

Flick it or Eat it?

You decide!
 
2009-05-04 12:37:38 PM
Car Flu kills at least 41 in Baghdad

Headline of the year, imo.
 
2009-05-04 12:37:52 PM
Ah...and I was just thinking to myself "I need another dose of Drew's opinion of the Swine Flu."

Can't get enough.

/urgh
 
2009-05-04 12:37:56 PM
From Drew's post: Do we get an apology for MSM media sending droves of people to hospitals who aren't sick? Driving down the stock market several hundred points on panic selling?

FTFY, Drew. You can thank me with free TotalFark.
 
2009-05-04 12:38:52 PM
Fear of swine flu keeps my kids in line.
 
2009-05-04 12:39:19 PM
While I agree that the panic inducement is irresponsible, there is something to be said for taking precautions. This strain of flu spreads extremely quickly, and it is possible that will mutate into a more resistant and more deadly strain if we are not actively taking means to stop its spread. The masks are a bit much, but I'd rather see people looking like idiots now than see those same people dying later. OK, maybe some of them....

Keep in mind that if these precautions keep a more dangerous strain at bay, we'll never know it because those precautions would have done their job.
 
2009-05-04 12:40:19 PM
Car flu gets my vote.
 
2009-05-04 12:40:22 PM
I stopped being afraid of things on TV after seeing how stupid people look when they panic.
 
2009-05-04 12:40:26 PM
fritopendejo: From Drew's post: Do we get an apology for MSM media sending droves of people to hospitals who aren't sick? Driving down the stock market several hundred points on panic selling?

FTFY, Drew. You can thank me with free TotalFark.


huh? do you not know what the last 'M' in MSM stands for?
 
2009-05-04 12:41:31 PM
Things I Learned from CNN This Week:

1) We're all gonna DIE from the flu.
B) Swagga.
 
2009-05-04 12:41:36 PM
i149.photobucket.com
 
2009-05-04 12:41:51 PM
Do we get an apology for MSM sending droves of people to hospitals who aren't sick? Driving down the stock market several hundred points on panic selling?

From WHO?
 
2009-05-04 12:42:08 PM
Not A Hippie: the radio said this morning that KY has a 4th "suspected case". They said everyone should "be concerned, but not panicked".

I'm so tired of hearing of about over-hyped flu.


Holders of GlaxoSmithKline stock on the other hand...
 
2009-05-04 12:42:19 PM
Meanwhile, since April 1st, approximately 3.4 million people have died from hunger, worldwide.
 
2009-05-04 12:42:28 PM
Summer is ruined!
 
2009-05-04 12:42:54 PM
netweavr: From WHO?

Oh, he's one first.
 
2009-05-04 12:43:31 PM
Pooter: netweavr: From WHO?

Oh, he's one first.


ON first. Dammit.

/FTFM.
 
2009-05-04 12:44:44 PM
hockeyfarker: fritopendejo: From Drew's post: Do we get an apology for MSM media sending droves of people to hospitals who aren't sick? Driving down the stock market several hundred points on panic selling?

FTFY, Drew. You can thank me with free TotalFark.

huh? do you not know what the last 'M' in MSM stands for?


Yeah, media. Duh. That's why I fixed it for Drew.
 
2009-05-04 12:46:34 PM
Swede

That was deliciously awful.
 
2009-05-04 12:46:35 PM
Jeez, I wish it had occurred to me that I wasn't gonna die of swine flu and that the media was blowing it out of proportion.

'Cause you know I'd have blogged the shiat outta that fresh opinion.
 
2009-05-04 12:46:59 PM
Tesseractor: Not A Hippie:
Holders of GlaxoSmithKline stock on the other hand...


Oh I'm sure they are creaming in their pants right now.
 
2009-05-04 12:47:01 PM
Pooter: Meanwhile, since April 1st, approximately 3.4 million people have died from hunger, worldwide.

Anyone who is too lazy to walk to the fridge and makes themselves a sammich gets what they deserve...
 
2009-05-04 12:48:01 PM
Do we get an apology for the double headlines lately? What's on today you will surely see again tomorrow!

-1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 admins
BAD admins
 
2009-05-04 12:48:19 PM
Spoiled Americans and their need for instant gratification.

Oh, if it didn't kill a billion people in the first five days, it must be a lot of hype.

1347 - 1352

upload.wikimedia.org

It's a marathon, not a sprint.
 
2009-05-04 12:48:53 PM
As a physician on the front lines of this swine flu, I have to tell you that Drew is underestimating the concerns regarding this issue.

Two things make a virus deadly (as anyone who's played Pandemic can tell you):
1. Transmission rate
2. Virulence (ability to kill you)

It's looking like the swine flu has #1 wrapped up- it spreads really easily.

What we didn't know was the answer to #2. When Mexico originally reported on it, it seemed like everyone could drop dead from it. Luckily, Mexico got it wrong and people really weren't dropping as quickly as they thought. However, until the results came in, it's pretty scary thought.

Think of 3 types of the flu:
1. Type A
2. Type B
3. Swine Flu

I have seen both Type A and Type B in my office within the last week. Previous to last week, the last time I saw the flu was in February. I have a case of Type A pending lab analysis for possibly being Swine Flu (results in tomorrow). Why are we seeing episodes of a flu virus 3 months outside of the common window? And why is it happening on TOP of a swine flu outbreak?

So the fact that the flu doesn't kill people as significantly as thought is a reason to be happy. It's not a reason to be smug.

I agree that the media over-blows things. However, this time I'm siding with the media on how critical it was to understand the full extent, nature, and dangers of the swine flu.

*I am not calling it H1N1 because I am not cowing to the pig lobby.
 
2009-05-04 12:49:47 PM
Pooter: netweavr: From WHO?

Oh, he's one first.


What?
 
2009-05-04 12:49:51 PM
Pooter: Meanwhile, since April 1st, approximately 3.4 million people have died from hunger, worldwide.

and how many from simple diarrhea? i think it kills 2 million people a year, and can just be solved with some salts dissolved in a liter of boiled water.
 
2009-05-04 12:50:06 PM
It is no longer called swine flu. It is called H1N1 or A(H1N1)

i164.photobucket.com

/So hot. Want to touch the H1N1
 
2009-05-04 12:50:35 PM
If I were a reporter, I would call it Swine plague....it just has a better sound to it.
 
2009-05-04 12:51:40 PM
ds394: Why are we seeing episodes of a flu virus 3 months outside of the common window? And why is it happening on TOP of a swine flu outbreak?

Because people are freaking out and going to the doctor for things they'd normally just handle on their own?
 
2009-05-04 12:52:41 PM
The 'MSM' thing makes me cringe. Call it what it is: the corporate news media. Because these people aren't about news. They're about money.
 
2009-05-04 12:53:56 PM
Hagbardr: Why not? I've already hit the box wine.

Bach swine.
 
2009-05-04 12:54:34 PM
HoboSong: If I were a reporter, I would call it Swine plague....it just has a better sound to it.


If I were a news director, I would play "Piggies" under every story about OMG SWINE FLU WILL RAPE YOUR BABIES .

/what the media needs is a damn good whacking.
 
2009-05-04 12:55:39 PM
ds394: As a physician on the front lines of this swine flu, I have to tell you that Drew is underestimating the concerns regarding this issue.

Two things make a virus deadly (as anyone who's played Pandemic can tell you):
1. Transmission rate
2. Virulence (ability to kill you)

It's looking like the swine flu has #1 wrapped up- it spreads really easily.

What we didn't know was the answer to #2. When Mexico originally reported on it, it seemed like everyone could drop dead from it. Luckily, Mexico got it wrong and people really weren't dropping as quickly as they thought. However, until the results came in, it's pretty scary thought.

Think of 3 types of the flu:
1. Type A
2. Type B
3. Swine Flu

I have seen both Type A and Type B in my office within the last week. Previous to last week, the last time I saw the flu was in February. I have a case of Type A pending lab analysis for possibly being Swine Flu (results in tomorrow). Why are we seeing episodes of a flu virus 3 months outside of the common window? And why is it happening on TOP of a swine flu outbreak?

So the fact that the flu doesn't kill people as significantly as thought is a reason to be happy. It's not a reason to be smug.

I agree that the media over-blows things. However, this time I'm siding with the media on how critical it was to understand the full extent, nature, and dangers of the swine flu.

*I am not calling it H1N1 because I am not cowing to the pig lobby.


If you're a MD, then I'm an astronaut. I'm going to have to call shenanigans. Your post is so fraught with errors and half truths, that I don't know where to start.

Your point about #2 is way off. There have been countless deaths in Mexico due to H1N1, but the Mexican govt. is covering it up, due to the economic ramifications. There has been at least 4,500 deaths in Mexico. We're all screwed, this is deadly. The MSM media is not blowing this out of proportion. For once, they've got it right.
 
2009-05-04 12:56:48 PM
UfarkHead: It is no longer called swine flu. It is called H1N1 or A(H1N1)

[i164.photobucket.com image 430x300]

/So hot. Want to touch the H1N1


I prefer bacon lung.

It has a nice sound to it.

Bacon lung, bacon lung, bacon lung. I like saying that.
 
2009-05-04 12:57:10 PM
fritopendejo: Yeah, media. Duh. That's why I fixed it for Drew.

you think it should have said, to spell it out, "mainstream media media"?

I think your post gave me the swine flu
 
2009-05-04 12:57:10 PM
fritopendejo: Your point about #2 is way off. There have been countless deaths in Mexico due to H1N1, but the Mexican govt. is covering it up, due to the economic ramifications. There has been at least 4,500 deaths in Mexico. We're all screwed, this is deadly. The MSM media is not blowing this out of proportion. For once, they've got it right.

Are you seriously suggesting competence (covering it up) on the part of the Mexican government?
 
2009-05-04 12:57:28 PM
I get all my medical advise from Drew! Those uppity homos from med school wouldn't know the clap even if it slapped them upside the head (which is how I caught it - honest!).
 
2009-05-04 12:57:32 PM
I'd root up that article about FOX News saying that the Swine Flu scare was just a liberal conspiracy to impose Martial Law and prevent us from going to the movies - but that would take effort.

Okay, yea I will.

Ebybody Panic! (linky)
 
2009-05-04 12:57:43 PM
Media should be required to put all numbers in context. For example (going with an inflated 10,000 cases):

0.0001472% of the entire frigging population has swine flu.

More people die *each day* from being fat, smoking cigarettes or just being farking stupid than have died from this "outbreak" of swine flu.
 
2009-05-04 12:58:02 PM
ArcadianRefugee: Hagbardr: Why not? I've already hit the box wine.

Bach swine.


PRICELESS.


fritopendejo: There has been at least 4,500 deaths in Mexico.

Well yeah, but they're on the metric system, so when you convert it that's only like, 1,000 in HUH-America.

/fark Yeah!
 
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