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Comments on their Facebook page include people stating that the true figure is 60,000, 65,000, and, along with those two figures, a further 15,000 who, according to these Facebook experts, has, for some unfathomable reason, remained unaccounted for.
Other comments, supporting Professor Karol Sikora, a former Chief of The World Health Organisation (WHO), who claims the actual figures are considerably lower – nearer 20 to 30,000 maximum, are being ridiculed by keyboard warriors clearly under the misapprehension that they know more than the learned Professor.
To muddy the waters further, another Professor, Carl Heneghan, from Oxford University, is claiming the death toll is actually higher than official figures state.
Add to that Public Health England (PHE) admitting they have included deaths of all people infected, even with minor or zero symptoms bothering them, into the overall figures – as one journalistic wag put it, “If you get hit by a bus and die, but have tested positive for COVID-19, you didn’t die of a large bus hitting you, you died of COVID-19” – it is, frankly, impossible to actually know what the actual death toll is.
Nevertheless, James O’Brien on LBC has decided, seemingly at random, that rounding the current official figures up a bit qualifies as responsible journalism.
Towns and cities in the UK very close to another lockdown all have high numbers of Muslim residents. This is, of course, unfortunate.
It is also quite true.
Leicester, recently locally locked down again due to a spike. My old hometown of Oldham, which is very close indeed to a local lockdown. Bradford, Rochdale, and so on.
All have particularly high populations of Muslims.
You don’t have to be an investigative journalist to see a common denominator here. Neither, come to that, do you have to be a racist Islamophobe.
Already, in Oldham, a local Muslim ‘community leader’ – I always sniff suspiciously when I hear the term ‘local community leader’. Have you ever seen such a position advertised in any jobs section of a newspaper or anywhere else? No? Me neither.
Anyway, this ‘local community leader’, from Oldham’s Muslim community, seems to think it is anyone else’s fault but theirs. Apparently, too many in his community didn’t understand the instructions regarding social distancing and not mingling with anyone, not from your household.
Excuse me? I happen to know that Oldham Council sent leaflets to all households in every language you could think of, and quite a few you wouldn’t think of coming to that.
Have the media even come close to mentioning the bleeding obvious? No. Oh! We can’t! It’s Islamophobic!
Er. No. It happens to be correct. As in true. Since when did ‘truth’ become ‘phobic’ about anything? If something is true then it’s true. Such is life.
So. The British media are happily increasing the COVID-19 death toll at random. They are ignoring an obvious and clear cause of local spikes. They are fully aware that everybody knows the reason for the local spikes in the aforementioned towns, yet refuse to acknowledge it.
The result? Increased hostility to Muslim communities.
The result of massaging COVID-19 deaths? Increased hostility to the government, scientists, and, on occasion, the medical profession for some unfathomable reason.
I always thought the sole purpose of ‘the media’ was to report the news as fact. To report the facts that made the news.
The way British media is carrying on lately, Enid bloody Blyton books would be more accurate to the truth than British media.
Given that we only learn so many things by watching and listening to the media, they surely have a duty of care to only give us the facts. Not their personal opinions. Not their own prejudices. The facts.
It’s a sad day when the realization hits you that the British media don’t actually care about the facts anymore.
They care about making more news. They care about creating division and hatred. Mostly because, these days, division and hatred, in their minds, keeps them in business.
After all, when they describe a BLM march as ‘mostly peaceful’ after 28 police officers are injured, you do feel that realization I just mentioned hitting you.
It’s such a pity we can’t just sack them all and start again.