Thou Shalt Not Update: A Ten Commandments’ Tale

internet technology allows journalists have the opportunity to “update” stories. internet technology also allows for journalists to do a rudimentary “fact checks.” thus, journalists, even with tight deadlines, can quickly “google” to confirm their assertions and facts.

updating stories can be used to correct inaccurate information. it can also be used to update the story with information which was not available at the time publishing.

while i started writing a post on a story that was disconcerting, i went back to the article on the internet and found that it was updated. daily mail writer alyssa guzman, the daily mail, and the associated press apparently updated the story. arguably, the update was not because there was any factual inaccuracy. rather, it would appear that the article was updated because needed to employ the latest propaganda terms. the old propaganda terms, perhaps due to market research, was no longer working.

thus, the term “dewormer” to describe ivermectin was removed from the article and headlines and replaced with the term “anti-parasitic” drug. perhaps focus groups revealed that the term “anti-parasitic” carries the same negative connotation at “dewormer.” the attempt to undermine the drug as an animal medicine had been completely discredited over the fact that it is a safe effective medication for which billions of dosages have been dispensed. the drug’s controversy is simply the off label use of it. the “dewormer” insult may have been getting dated and no longer ineffective.

the “dewormer” narrative arguably hit rock bottom when terry bradshaw, a football savant and an self-admitted “not so bright” individual, used the “dewormer” term when he was attacking aaron rodgers. in contrast to mr. bradshaw’s intellect, mr. rodgers is recognized as a smart individual and has been employed as a host the tv show jeopardy.

the dailymail article also includes past propaganda from a dr. timothy geary. i have seen his same opinion cited in other similar articles. the dailymail, however, article fails to mention the following two important studies on ivermectin; the israeli study, favorable outcome on viral load and culture viability using Ivermectin in early treatment of non-hospitalized patients with mild COVID-19 – a double-blind, randomized placebo-controlled trial or another study ivermectin for prevention and treatment of COVID-19 infection: a systematic review, meta-analysis, and trial sequential analysis to inform clinical guidelines.

the last study’s conclusion was that “moderate-certainty evidence finds that large reductions in COVID-19 deaths are possible using ivermectin. using ivermectin early in the clinical course may reduce numbers progressing to severe disease. the apparent safety and low cost suggest that ivermectin is likely to have a significant impact on the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic globally.”

while i will point out that i have had clients prescribed irvermectin in hospital as part of the life saving medical treatment for covid-19 infections, this post is not about the efficacy of the drug. it is rather to expose how the media continuously misrepresent facts and fails to to perform proper research.

in sum, when the media serves other interests than journalism, the truth is a casualty. in the public’s eyes, every news article must be viewed with skepticism. the media’s self-inflicted loss of credibility is now so bad that no amount of “de-wormer” can cure it.

be well!!

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I am a practicing lawyer and long term admirer of the bible

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