Great coverage from Sky News today keeping us well informed on the 'Tier 3' updates. Live reporting from a number of towns and areas affected.
Unfortunately Sky News coverage shows little to nothing of the arguments in play - it's a case study in bias by story angle /fact selection. Miniscule reporting on actual facts that counter the 'scare virus out of control' narrative; and extreme amount of 'if only the government did MORE'
The reality that Liverpool NHS has far less intensive care bed use than seasonal norm and lower deaths is ignored. It's a complex situation. But one that the world understands more, and one where actual science has far more debate that certain news providers report. The ITV news report the other night on the North's NHS 'crisis' was a particularly bad piece of activist journalism.
My point isn't to discuss the virus or virtues of any particular strategy, its to point out the problems of the medium.
TV news doesn't do complex well. It needs human interest drama or scary new events and pictures to tell a story. Add in a Twitter driven agenda of hype and exaggeration and it risks being damaging to society - and people worry that a niche opinion TV channel will be the end of days. Too late! Opinion and activism pretending to be news is already here.