The far-left corporate media and news outlets tirelessly reported the increasing number of COVID cases and death counts during President Donald J. Trump’s entire four years in office.
Television news networks, like CNN, placed a box on their home page that included COVID updates around the clock. Unlike the flu, the number continued to grow year-round, not starting over with the next year’s “season” thus making the number appear still out of control.
With the Democrats controlling Congress and the White House the past year, the media is working overtime trying to provide cover for the administration’s disastrous first year.
To help remove the number of skyrocketing cases from the public’s prevue, The Associated Press is shifting in how it covers the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, no longer hyping the number of cases as the Omicron variant continues to infect both the vaccinated and unvaccinated alike.
In an article titled, “Omicron wave prompts media to rethink which data to report,” the AP cited COVID case counts and hospitalizations as “barometers of the pandemic’s march across the world” but that the latest surge “is making a mess of the usual statistics, forcing news organizations to rethink the way they report such figures.”
“The number of case counts soared over the holidays, an expected development given the emergence of a variant more transmissible than its predecessors,” the AP reported Wednesday. “Yet these counts only reflect what is reported by health authorities. They do not include most people who test themselves at home, or are infected without even knowing about it. Holidays and weekends also lead to lags in reported cases.”
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For that reason, The Associated Press has recently told its editors and reporters to avoid emphasizing case counts in stories about the disease. That means, for example, no more stories focused solely on a particular country or state setting a one-day record for the number of cases, because that claim has become unreliable.
Due to the nuances of how COVID tests are being administered, the AP suggested the number of cases can’t be added together and that the actual number of cases would likely be “substantially higher” than what’s being reported at a state and federal level.
The AP is also now admitting there is a difference between being hospitalized because of Covid and being hospitalized with Covid.
“Hospitalization and death rates are considered by some to be a more reliable picture of COVID-19′s current impact on society. Yet even the usefulness of those numbers has been called into question in recent days. In many cases, hospitalizations are incidental: there are people being admitted for other reasons and are surprised to find they test positive for COVID, said Tanya Lewis, senior editor for health and medicine at Scientific American.” – AP said.
The AP went on to cite several news organizations who have cited various rolling averages in their reporting like NBC News and the Washington Post relying on a one-week average of case counts, CNN and the New York Times two-week averages and MSNBC citing a three-day window on a state level.
The newswire service also highlighted its own story on Saturday with the headline “Omicron explosion spurs nationwide breakdown of services,” noting the omission of the case count metric.
“Hospitalization and death rates are considered by some to be a more reliable picture of COVID-19′s current impact on society. Yet even the usefulness of those numbers has been called into question in recent days,” the AP wrote, acknowledging hospitalization numbers include those who happen to test positive of COVID but are not hospitalized because of COVID.