Deadly Disinformation: COVID-19 in Trump’s America | The Listening Post (Full)

About This Source - Al Jazeera English

The video item below is a piece of English language content from Al Jazeera. Al Jazeera is a Qatari state-funded broadcaster based in Doha, Qatar, owned by the Al Jazeera Media Network.

Recent from Al Jazeera English:

  • Will democracy in Ethiopia be established? | Inside Story
  • Burkina Faso refugees recount horrors of violence
  • Swedish PM Lofven loses historic no-confidence vote
  • On The Listening Post this week: What happens to Trump’s disinformation when it comes up against the science of COVID-19? And, the media outlets that have chronicled Lebanon’s uprisings.

    Deadly Disinformation: COVID-19 in Trump’s America

    With the coronavirus grinding life to a halt around the world, people are searching for reliable information. But what if two primary sources of news – the government and the most-watched TV channel – are setting aside medical science in favour of politically-driven fiction?

    That is what Americans are dealing with. For three years, President Trump has had fact checkers working overtime. But the stream of disinformation on COVID-19 flowing from the White House has not only misled the public on the severity of the threat, it has put lives at risk.

    Then there is Fox News. Its initial attempt to frame the pandemic as a “hoax” designed to take down the president has also been exposed. As infection rates climb and the death toll mounts – Trump finds himself confronted with some facts – scientific ones – that not even he can deny.

    Contributors:

    Charles Seife – Professor of Health Journalism, NYU

    Kayla Gogarty – Senior Researcher, Media Matters for America

    Caleb Ecarma – Writer, Vanity Fair

    Joanne Kenen – Executive Health Editor, Politico

    On our radar:

    Richard Gizbert speaks to producer Meenakshi Ravi about China’s removal of yet more American journalists as the media war between Washington and Beijing heats up.

    Megaphone: Amplifying voices from Lebanon’s uprising

    Like many countries around the globe, Lebanon has declared a coronavirus state of emergency. But the country is already five months into a series of anti-government demonstrations – the biggest since Lebanon won its independence in 1943. The protest movement bridges classes and sects – citizens revolting against a political system that is defined by sectarian identity and has failed to provide them with the economic basics.

    It is an ongoing story that has also revealed much about the failure of Lebanon’s media outlets – too many of which are skewing their coverage – since they are split along the same lines that politicians are.

    The Listening Post’s Tariq Nafi looks at one news site that is out to change the media mix – and mess with the mainstream narratives. Megaphone is an online platform that produces punchy social videos and boundary-pushing opinion pieces – critical takes on the news – and the way it has been covered.

    Contributors:

    Jean Kassir – Managing Editor, Megaphone

    Jamal Saleh – Creative Director, Megaphone

    Kareem Chehayeb – Co-founder, The Public Source

    Jad Abou Jaoudeh – Head of News, OTV

    – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe
    – Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish
    – Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera
    – Check our website: https://www.aljazeera.com/

    In This Story: Beijing

    Beijing, China’s sprawling capital, has history stretching back 3 millennia. Yet it’s known as much for modern architecture as its ancient sites such as the grand Forbidden City complex, the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties.

    2 Recent Items: Beijing

  • CPC leaders take Party admission oath
  • Xi Jinping visits exhibition on history of Communist Party of China
  • In This Story: China

    China is the third largest country in the world by area and the largest country in the world by population. Properly known as the People’s Republic of China, the political territory of the country includes the former nations of Tibet and Hong Kong. The capital is Beijing.

    7 Recent Items: China

  • Why were the three taikonauts selected for the Shenzhou-12 mission?
  • Can astronauts take a shower in China’s space station?
  • Fishermen in Yemen hit million-dollar jackpot in whale’s belly
  • Fauci is a Democratic activist, not a neutral public health expert: Tom Cotton
  • Tokyo 2020 Olympic Village opens to the media
  • Thailand plans to reopen Phuket to vaccinated tourists in July
  • Kevin McCarthy calls for declassification of COVID intelligence
  • In This Story: COVID-19

    Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.

    Symptoms of coronavirus

    The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

    • a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
    • a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
    • shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)

    Latest News about Covid-19

    Below are stories from around the globe related to the 2020 outbreak of novel Coronavirus – since the WHO gave the Covid-19 naming. Most recent items are posted nearest the top.

    5 Recent Items: COVID-19

  • Some COVID-19 restrictions on international travel easing July 5
  • ‘That’s the way science works’: Fauci fires back at critics
  • BREAKING: Euro 2020 – Two England players isolating after contact with Billy Gilmour
  • Brian Moore’s Full Contact Rugby: Bob Skinstad & Matt Proudfoot on Springboks’ chances vs the Lions
  • How The Olympics Became So Expensive For Host Cities
  • In This Story: Donald Trump

    Donald John Trump was the 45th President of the United States. Before entering politics, he was a businessman and television personality. Trump was born and raised in Queens, a borough of New York City, and received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Wharton School.

    5 Recent Items: Donald Trump

  • Biden administration is ‘breaking the border’: Brnovich
  • Senate Democrats who supported the filibuster now oppose it
  • Iran’s merchants find costly workarounds to US economic sanctions
  • Leo Terrell sounds off on Stacey Abrams’ latest voter ID comments
  • Haberman: Trump is preparing for an indictment
  • In This Story: Lebanon

    Lebanon, officially known as the Lebanese Republic, is a country in the Levant region of Western Asia, and the transcontinental region of the Middle East.

    The official language, Arabic, is the most common language spoken by the citizens of Lebanon. Its capital is Beirut.

    Lebanon was a founding member of the United Nations in 1945 and is a member of the Arab League (1945), the Non-Aligned Movement (1961), Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation (1969), and the Organisation internationale de la francophonie (1973).

    2 Recent Items: Lebanon

  • Covid-19 lockdown in Thailand, migrant cemetery in Tunisia, nightlife in Lebanon
  • Yemen, Syria, Afghanistan & other topics – Daily Briefing (15 June 2021)
  • Leave a Comment