Accuracy in Media

After a little more than a year into the pandemic, the Washington Post has admitted that it’s safer to be outside after having been part of the media cabal that labeled outdoor events as superspreaders of Covid-19.

The Post article, penned by reporters Karin Brulliard and Lenny Bernstein, was headlined, “A year into the pandemic, it’s even more clear that it’s safer to be outside” – and in essence admitting that the media had been wrong on outdoor gatherings in general.

“For more than a year, the vast majority of documented coronavirus clusters have been linked to indoor or indoor-outdoor settings — households, meatpacking plants, nursing homes and restaurants. Near-absent are examples of transmission at beaches and other open spaces where breezes disperse airborne particles, distancing is easier, and humidity and sunlight render the coronavirus less viable,” wrote Brulliard ane Bernstein.

Last year CNN cited a gathering at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri as part of an ongoing narrative that such events would lead to more Covid-19 infections, but officials say otherwise.

According to Randall Williams, director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, they conducted an extensive tracing effort found no major coronavirus clusters connected to the weekend, though a few individuals were infected.

The media hyped the large Spring Break gatherings in Florida a few weeks ago, but haven’t followed up articles about these being superspreader events – because there were none – hoping no one would notice their initial mistake.

“What a difference a year makes. The beaches were even busier this year, but officials say there were no talks of closure,” the Post reported, having found no evidence to back up the media’s claims that beaches and other outdoor areas were unsafe.


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