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Thursday, November 30, 2023

Western media bias: Deconstructing a CNN article after Bharat achieves 1 billion vaccine doses landmark

The US had 2,000 Covid fatalities today, that is 1 out of every 4 in the world. Bharat had 130. 86% of the US adult population has had the first jab. In Bharat, it is 75%. For fully vaccinated, its 57% vs. 30%. So, this strange article is written.

Apparently, antibodies are related funeral pyres. Sure, in a roundabout way they are. Editorial was not up to scratch – there are surely better photos or graphics to show 60% of a population or an antibody.


Leaving the profiles of the two authors out here. Their TLs give an interesting insight into the thought process and views which often influence writing.

I also notice sections of the Western media shifting the goalpost. Previously, when children are ineligible for vaccines, the jab rate was calculated off a lower denominator. Now, with kid’s vaccines approved, it is off a higher number (total population), eg, Bharat (60% immunized)

Fascinating statistical jugglery by Rhea Mogul and Esha Mitra, packaged into an article with no real comparisons with any country with similar healthcare budgets and GDP, or even PPP Also, they didn’t adjust for time between first and second jabs on a rising vaccination curve.

The article is unsurprisingly high on a political rhetoric and low on comparative statistics. Omitting facts and numbers selectively and introducing parameters without drawing comparisons are two potent ways to squeeze narratives into a preset ideological framework.

What’s also fascinating is that the so-called ‘right wing’ in Bharat (40% of the population as per election results), has broadly accepted the vaccination drive. The same cannot be said of the right wing in the US. One size doesn’t fit all.

The pre-requisite to cover Bharat is to have an anti-BJP stance. Even a semblance of neutrality is mandated not to exist. That’s because spin-offs of Critical Race Theory combined with intersectionality ostensibly purport that reportage must be biased to be ‘fair.’

(This article has been compiled from the tweet thread of Surya Kanegaonkar @suryakane)

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  1. Some questions for anybody who knows the situation in India (as I don’t live in India):

    1) Are there vaccine mandates in India? If not, how is it possible that there are states in India with 100 percent vaccination rates?

    2) Scientists like R.W. Malone have said there is censorship in media and social media about the (mRNA and viral vector) vaccine side effects in the West. Can similar also be said about the situation in India?

    3) I believe the Covaxin is less dangerous than the other Covid vaccines. But why is then in India the Covaxin vaccine much less used than the more dangerous Covishield viral vector vaccine?

    4) What is the situation with the ZyCoV-D vaccine and with the mRNA (Pfizer, Moderna) vaccines? Who is receiving these vaccines and why, since it seems to be less safe than Covaxin and even Covishield.

  2. Thank you for calling out CNN! If you want to know anything resembling the truth, assume the complete opposite of what they report lol


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