Saturday, January 12, 2013

Reuters Spins Flu Story

Janet C. Phelan
Activist Post

In an article entitled, "Flu reaches epidemic level in U.S., says CDC", reporter Sharon Begley pumps up alarm concerning the virulent and epidemic nature of the current flu sweeping the country. However, the report admits it lacks documentation of the very numbers it purports to use to buttress its claims.

While the Reuters article, published on January 11, solemnly announces that a pandemic is officially at play when the flu achieves a rate of 7.2 % of deaths during a time period, it also earnestly states that there is no definitive count of the total deaths caused by the flu.

Wait a minute here. The lead paragraph of this story stated: “Influenza has officially reached epidemic proportions in the United States, with 7.3 percent of deaths last week caused by pneumonia and the flu, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday.”

So the exact percentage of deaths caused by flu is known but the number of flu deaths is not?

I wasn't planning to go on a rant about the idiocy of our mainstream media at this juncture, but it does appear that a few things must be said. First of all, reporters must be schooled in statistics in order to complete a journalism graduate program. That course is not for wimps, I can assure you. While most J-school students are more verbally than mathematically inclined, anyone who had been in my class at the University of Missouri Graduate School of Journalism would have received a failing grade if they had produced this article.

Reporter Begley goes on to try to explain the inadequacy of the current flu vaccine by stating that the little virus buggers must be hiding somewhere in people's bodies out of reach of the vaccine. You know, a kind of microscopic "hide and seek"....The article cites the CDC as calling this season's vaccine “moderately effective” then goes on to say that four out of ten people who receive the vaccine and are exposed to the flu will get sick.

I am beginning to wonder if J-Schools are now mandating George Orwell's classic 1984 as required reading, in order to further groom reporters as to how to say one thing while actually saying the opposite. And maybe Journalism 402 has been renamed “Advanced Doublespeak.”

Flu (Scare) Season Goes Into Overdrive

Janet Phelan is an investigative journalist whose articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The San Bernardino County Sentinel, The Santa Monica Daily Press, The Long Beach Press Telegram, Oui Magazine and other regional and national publications. Janet specializes in issues pertaining to legal corruption and addresses the heated subject of adult conservatorship, revealing shocking information about the relationships between courts and shady financial consultants. She also covers issues relating to international bioweapons treaties. Her poetry has been published in Gambit, Libera, Applezaba Review, Nausea One and other magazines. Her first book, The Hitler Poems, was published in 2005. She currently resides abroad.  You may browse through her articles (and poetry) at


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abinico said...

I wonder, have all the members of congress got their jab; what about all the state legislators; and how about all cops and military - guess they are forced into this. And what really galls me is this: if someone get the jab, why should they care about resistors like me - after all, they are protected, aren't they?

Top Dog said...

The economy is toast, the Guinea Pigs are rejecting Big Pharma in record numbers, what to do, what to do? Beef up the flu propaganda of course!

Seasonal influenza generally occurs yearly from November through April, peaking in January and February. Viruses need to have a warm environment in which to thrive.

You will not get the flu if you are used to living outside in a cold environment, as an extreme example, or keep your room temperatures low in the winter. These times frames are consistent with more time spent indoors, with warmer temperatures and a poorer air quality.

You can not "catch" the flu if you have a robust immune system. I have never had the flu.

"The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states, "Every year in the United States, on average, 36,000 people die from flu."

Everyone seems to parrot off these numbers as fact. Year after year, just 36,000 deaths, never more and never less. Nothing is that static in nature.

But are these numbers accurate? Hidden within their own statistics is a much different picture. Read more then do your own research, but be prepared to really dig.

Is Bird Flu For Bird Brains?

Stay Healthy!

DarkStarAz said...

Can't say if it rises to 7.2% of the population but I do know 2 ppl who caught this flu and it knocked them both on their ass. I usually pass on gettng a vaccine but by all accounts they got it right this year so went with it. 36,000 deaths is not every year but running average - occasionally goes up into the 50K range.

Anonymous said...

There is a flu epidemic every year. About 30,000 people per year die from the flu, usually brought on by complications from other illnesses. The "flu season" begins in the fall when cold weather arrives, and ends when it warms up. (There was a study showing that the virus is conveyed best over colder air). The flu vaccine is created based on the pharma industry's best guess as to what the three major flu strains (from China, where the flu originates) will be in a given year. So, every so often, they get it wrong.

For the media to be hyping the flu as an abnormal occurrence is just ignorance. When public health organizations like CDC start hyping fear of disease, then probably the individual has already made plans to go and work for the pharma company. The person in charge of advocating vaccines for the CDC went to work for big pharma right after the greatly over-hyped swine flu a few years ago.

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