Go to any mainstream media website and you’ll see one single story repeated thousands of times — the novel coronavirus is spreading fast and it’s coming to a neighborhood near you.
These news organizations have spent countless combined hours in the last week writing about proper health and hygiene tips, the latest news and punditry on government responses, speculation on the rate of infection, who the most recent coronavirus victims are, and everything else under the sun.
On the surface, it all seems great, right? Well, it’s not.
Remember, the media is not an entity looking to help and inform — they’re an industry that’s evolved over the decades, now with a sole objective of making a quick buck.
And the coronavirus outbreak is a perfect excuse for them to hop into overdrive and put readers in a vicious cycle of consuming “shocking” news every few hours in hopes that they’ll come back to see what the latest chaos is.
Heck, most writers working for these organizations have zero medical background and are the least-qualified individuals to be writing about a viral infection and the proper ways to prepare.
If the media weren’t out to generate some serious advertising dollars, they’d be on the forefront of publicizing the things said by the World Health Organization, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Surgeon General.
Instead, organizations bury important information of a very real outbreak with a countless stories that help no one and, instead, exponentially increase the levels of hysteria amongst the general population. When Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, were confirmed to have COVID-19, the dozens of mainstream outlets had only one objective — be the very first one to break the news and obtain the precious visitors.
The media will never let a good crisis go to waste — not now, not ever. It’s up to you, the reader, to discern whether they’re out to simply make money or actually deliver quality information.
While many people and government agencies haven’t done a great job at earning trust over the years, I’d stake my life on them over the hysterics of the press any day — and that’s a darn shame, because the media was supposed to be fighters for truth amidst the chaos.