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Fauci Classes Worried: The Times Fails to Find a "Thanksgiving Effect"

Sunday's New York Times declares, "As Christmas Nears, Virus Experts Look for Lessons from Thanksgiving."

Trained Times readers will spot the dodge instantly:  if the "virus experts" are still "looking," then they haven't yet found evidence for their warnings that Thanksgiving would cause a terrifying spike in COVID. You grasp that . . .

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December 24, 2020

Rational Choice for Christmas

 American media recently brimmed with venomous headlines cursing disobedient Americans who met their loved ones for Thanksgiving despite the CDC’s Silvrback blog imageCOVID warnings.  “As Americans prepare to gather for Thanksgiving, the world watches with dread and disbelief,”  said the Washington Post in a revealing specimen of . . .

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December 08, 2020

“Along Hurricane Dorian’s Tortured Path”

Disaster Journalism High and Low

Silvrback blog imageThe New York Times has a human interest story, “Along Hurricane Dorian’s Tortured Path, Millions are United in Fear,”  a fine example of quality upper-crust American journalism, against which it is interesting to contrast “’Waffle House Index’ is a real thing during disasters. How does the restaurant . . .

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September 05, 2019

The strange birth and death of "Fake News"

Do you wonder why you'd never heard about 'fake news' till late in the 2016 election campaign, when, suddenly, apparently overnight, the American big media pack took up the danger that 'fake news' poses for American democracy?

How did that happen? Here is a Ted Talk by investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson on the carefully . . .

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February 26, 2018

“19 Things We Learned from the 2016 Election” – I am scared

Silvrback blog imageStatistician Andrew Gelman and political scientist Julia Azari have an interesting discussion paper on “19 Things We Learned from the 2016 Election”.  The 19 things are grouped under Nominations and Campaigning, Polling and the News Media, How Voters Make Decisions, and The US Political Environment.  Here are a few that . . .

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December 25, 2017

The smoldering debris that is American TV news

Glenn Greenwald on CNN’s latest “Trump-Russia” debacle, and the dangerous heap of smoldering debris that is American TV news:

Silvrback blog imageFRIDAY WAS ONE of the most embarrassing days for the U.S. media in quite a long time. The humiliation orgy was kicked off by CNN, with MSNBC and CBS close behind, with . . .

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December 09, 2017

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