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What you need to know about the virus in China "2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)"

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Ah yes, Al Jazeera. Right up there with "I saw it on Reddit" as a source.
 

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Al Jazeera is actually a pretty reputable information source on many subjects. Certainly more reliable than, for example, Fox News.
AJ is the mouthpiece of the Qatari dictator. Oh sure, they say things that are true, but all in the aim of furthering their agenda. They're right up there with the China Daily, the mouthpiece of the Chinese government and their leader. Or RT for the Russians and Putin. Exposing yourself to any of these sources is purposefully exposing yourself to manipulation for the benefit of their respective governments. Honestly, Reddit is a better news source.
 

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AJ is the mouthpiece of the Qatari dictator. Oh sure, they say things that are true, but all in the aim of furthering their agenda. They're right up there with the China Daily, the mouthpiece of the Chinese government and their leader. Or RT for the Russians and Putin. Exposing yourself to any of these sources is purposefully exposing yourself to manipulation for the benefit of their respective governments. Honestly, Reddit is a better news source.
I am aware of Al Jazeera's ownership. They are not unique, alas, in being a news media outlet owned by a government and/or a dictator and/or a wealthy oligarch - those exist worldwide in both democratic and non-democratic countries. Fox News is an example of an oligarch-owned and controlled outlet. I would also push back against the claim that Al Jazeera is the same as something like China Daily, as while Al Jazeera is owned by the head of Qatar, it does not function internationally as Qatari State Media, whereas something like China Daily does.

At any rate, I would put the content on Al Jazeera up against the content of Fox News any day in terms of general accuracy and also in terms of degree of slant caused by selectivity/filtering of what subjects are covered.
 

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At any rate, I would put the content on Al Jazeera up against the content of Fox News any day in terms of general accuracy and also in terms of degree of slant caused by selectivity/filtering of what subjects are covered.
Faux Snooze's slant has greatly changed over the past few years after Rupert Murdock turned over the reigns to his kids and they switched a good portion of their talking heads.
 

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I'm no fan of Fox/Disney News. However, I see them as more an entertainment channel than a news channel. They're 90%+ opinion.
 

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I'm no fan of Fox/Disney News. However, I see them as more an entertainment channel than a news channel. They're 90%+ opinion.
Gone are the days of reporting "Who, What, When, Where and Why" without personal/corporate opinions.
 

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I think this is an example of neutral reporting - just the facts, ma'am: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/07/world/asia/coronavirus-china.html
And here's good political reporting - giving facts, stating multiple opinions of others on many sides of issues, and I can't tell if the reporters want this candidate or another: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/07/us/politics/pete-buttigieg-iowa-caucus.html

Here's an example of a bad political story - the top story on Fox - It omits many facts and solidly sticks to one side of the narrative: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/ap...m-lawmakers-cannot-sue-over-business-payments
Here's a many-times-better article on the same subject that gives far more useful information, including who put the judges in, why the ruling went the way it did, and what many sides are saying about it: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/do...ourt-dismisses-trump-emoluments-case-n1132441
It's actually shocking how much was missing from that Fox article.

My point is, there are good and bad news sources out there. They're not all made the same.
 

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I think this is an example of neutral reporting - just the facts, ma'am: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/07/world/asia/coronavirus-china.html
And here's good political reporting - giving facts, stating multiple opinions of others on many sides of issues, and I can't tell if the reporters want this candidate or another: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/07/us/politics/pete-buttigieg-iowa-caucus.html

Here's an example of a bad political story - the top story on Fox - It omits many facts and solidly sticks to one side of the narrative: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/ap...m-lawmakers-cannot-sue-over-business-payments
Here's a many-times-better article on the same subject that gives far more useful information, including who put the judges in, why the ruling went the way it did, and what many sides are saying about it: https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/do...ourt-dismisses-trump-emoluments-case-n1132441
It's actually shocking how much was missing from that Fox article.

My point is, there are good and bad news sources out there. They're not all made the same.
That's a partisan statement even if it is disguised as a critique of news sources. It's painfully clear which side you are on.
 

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Those educated enough to understand and situate the information can always read the primary literature in virology and epidemiology. The "Fast Publ." reports may not get peer review.

I feel sorry for those who think they can get actual news from Faux Noise or the even crazier web sites out there.
 

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I wouldn't want to be quarantined on the floating petri dish. New cases just doubled. (aka The Diamond Princess).
News just reported the number of cases on the floating petried dish just tripled in the last 24 hours.
 
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