Accuracy in Media

Journalists and news outlets typically present both sides of an issue to let readers decide where they stand.

As for NowThis News, it presented only one side of the issue of stay-at-home orders across the United States.

Its recent article highlighted the support for stay-at-home orders, “Health Care Workers Stand Up To People Protesting Stay-At-Home Orders.” The article defended two unnamed health workers who blocked stay-at-home protesters from traveling toward the state capitol building in Denver. NowThis News did not discuss the reasons behind the stay-at-home protests and only presented reasons supporting Colorado’s stay-at-home order.

The website quoted Colorado Gov. Jared Polis’ office, which said that protesters should recognize the importance of social distancing and take precautions to not spread the coronavirus. It also cited coronavirus case statistics in Colorado without acknowledging the fatality rate of 0.04% in the state.

The protesters told members of the press about their concerns about the length of the orders, how the orders have negatively impacted or affected small businesses and led to job losses and unemployment. One report mentioned that the United States reported 22 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits due to the coronavirus and stay-at-home orders.

But NowThis News did not include these reasons in their article and portrayed the protesters as out of touch with reality.

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