Alex Berenson: Media focus on coronavirus death count designed to make virus seem more dangerous

‘They focus relentlessly on a single figure, the death count,’ former reporter says

By Brian Flood | Fox News – Sept 23, 2020

My cmnt: This focus (propaganda?) on 200,000 deaths is so bogus. I have noted on other blogs on this site – there are nowhere near that many deaths FROM Covid-19. This effort by the MSM, the democrats, the Leftists and other liars to portray everyone – especially the very elderly who were near death, the very sick with multiple comorbidities, people who die in accidents or from murder – as dying FROM Covid-19 is downright malfeasance and panic mongering. Only 6% of the 200,000 (i.e. 12,000) deaths were actually from C-19 and the vast majority of those are the very elderly in nursing homes. Out of 350,000,000 people in America that is a statistical blip. We are being made to panic, destroying our economy, destroying small businesses, keeping children out of school, trampling our civil liberties, all over a disease far less dangerous than the seasonal flu.

The mainstream media continues to focus on total coronavirus deaths, where the United States leads the way, instead of data like per capita and per reported cases, and author and former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson feels it’s simply the latest way to stoke fear.

“For six months, many big media outlets have done everything possible to attempt to spread panic about the coronavirus,” Berenson, who has been an outspoken critic of the way coronavirus is covered, told Fox News.

“In March, the crisis was ventilator shortages, which proved to be nonexistent. In May, they hyped the almost nonexistent risk Covid presents to children. Over the summer, they pretended that hospitals in the Sunbelt were near collapse,” Berenson said. “Now they focus relentlessly on a single figure, the death count.”

A recent study by Johns Hopkins University examined 20 countries currently most affected by COVID-19 worldwide per 100 confirmed cases, which it called the observed case-fatality ratio. Mexico had an overwhelming 10.5% mortality rate to top the chart, while France, Bolivia, Iran, Spain, Peru, Romania, Indonesia, Colombia and Brazil all had a higher mortality rate than the United States when using this criteria.

The U.S. mortality rate of the observed case-fatality ratio was 2.9%, significantly lower than many countries that don’t receive the headlines that American’s death toll generates.

John Hopkins University graph

My cmnt: It s/b noted that the countries with lower case-fatality ratios also have unhindered access to HCQ unlike the politicalization of this very effective remedial in America

As the death toll in American surpassed 200,000 this week, the number was cited repeatedly in headlines and on cable news graphics. CNN even published a story headlined, “200,000 people have died from Covid-19 in the US. That’s more than the US battle deaths from 5 wars combined,” while almost all mainstream news organizations prominently noted the grim number.

Berenson said the media never explains “that fewer than 10% of American deaths this year can be linked to Covid even under our extremely aggressive counting rules,” while objecting to the way coronavirus deaths are counted in the first place.

Deaths and Mortality

Data are for the U.S.

  • Number of deaths: 2,813,503
  • Death rate: 863.8 deaths per 100,000 population
  • Life expectancy: 78.6 years
  • Infant Mortality rate: 5.79 deaths per 1,000 live births

Source: Deaths: Final Data for 2017, tables 1, 3, 13 pdf icon[PDF – 2 MB]

Number of deaths for leading causes of death:

  • Heart disease: 647,457
  • Cancer: 599,108
  • Accidents (unintentional injuries): 169,936
  • Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 160,201
  • Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 146,383
  • Alzheimer’s disease: 121,404
  • Diabetes: 83,564
  • Influenza and Pneumonia: 55,672
  • Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis: 50,633
  • Intentional self-harm (suicide): 47,173

Source: Deaths: Final Data for 2017, table B pdf icon[PDF – 2 MB]

“Nor do they ever report the truth — many if not most of those deaths occurred in extremely sick people who may have died ‘with’ rather than ‘from’ Covid,” Berenson said. “Even worse, in some cases — such as homicides or overdoses — Covid played no role at all, yet our rules require the deaths to be reported as Covid-linked.”

“Why do they go to such great lengths to make the coronavirus seem more dangerous than it is?” Berenson said.  “I don’t know. Ask them.”

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