I'm sorry if I'm duplicating a topic already under discussion elsewhere - I can't find one. I want to highlight the way the media are twisting statements to fit their sensationalized narrative. I don't let myself read the news much, these days, but whenever I do pluck up the courage and look, I find screechy, agitated headlines evoking doom and gloom - and when I then read the article, I find that it's misquoting or selectively quoting or just plain twisting what has been said. Here's an example from the Telegraph just now.
"Germany already experiencing second wave, says doctors' union"
This isn't quite what the doctors' union said. The spokeswoman said, "We are already experiencing a second, shallow upward trend". The nuance is deliberately removed in the headline.
It's also worth noting that this is not only happening in Britain. All the German media sources reporting this also use that wretched phrase copied and pasted from the irrelevant Spanish Flu experience, "second wave" ("zweite Welle"). What's interesting to me is that they all quote the union spokeswoman in direct speech saying the above, but what she then goes on to say is NEVER as far as I can see quoted directly. Some sources report it in indirect speech: "... das Infektionsgeschehen sei aber nicht mit dem in März und April vergleichbar" - "but[, she says,] the infection situation is not comparable to that of March and April."
So the doctors' union is actually saying "things aren't as bad as they were, but we need to be sensible". And it gets reported as "BE AFRAID BE VERY AFRAID WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE". I hate this. It's making me so angry and honestly I don't think I'll ever forgive the media. More so than the politicians, the media are revelling in whipping this up as much as they can. Given that they are manipulating public opinion to such a degree that cancer diagnosis has more or less stopped, I think it's fair to say that the media are directly killing people.