Accuracy in Media


Both the New York Times and CNN failed to cover the WHO’s positive comments about Sweden’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

It has been more than a week since the WHO praised Sweden, but neither the New York Times nor CNN has reported on the positive outcomes from the Swedish model.

WHO official Dr. Mike Ryan said that Sweden “represents a future model of – if we wish to get back to a society in which we don’t have lockdowns.” Ryan, the executive director of the WHO’s Emergencies Program, praised the Swedish health care system and its overall strategy to stop the spread of the virus.

“Sweden has put in place a very strong public policy around social distancing, around caring and protecting for people in long term care facilities and many other things,” Ryan said. “What it has done differently is it has very much relied on its relationship with its citizenry and the ability and willingness of citizens to implement physical distancing and to self-regulate,” he added.

But the New York Times and CNN did not cover Ryan’s praise for Sweden’s policy.

Instead, the New York Times published an editorial critical of Sweden’s strategy this past week. CNN has not published an article or analysis on the WHO’s praise for Sweden’s strategy.

The Swedish government has allowed most businesses to stay open and encouraged its citizens to social distance to avoid spreading the virus. The Swedish strategy relies on “herd immunity” and is a less restrictive approach than that of the United States and other countries. Schools are open, outside of some exceptions, and there are bans on mass gatherings and nonessential travel.




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