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Gingersnap
04-28-2009, 11:30 AM
Swine flu hogs news coverage, sows fear
By Jennifer Harper (Contact) | Tuesday, April 28, 2009


Coverage of swine flu brought out the piggish side of the press - and some squealing from the public as well.

Journalists couldn't get enough of the story, garnishing their accounts Monday with alarmist terms, exaggerations and tales of epidemics past. The ailment provided a banquet for news organizations bent on exploring everything from local angles and economic implications to foreign policy, border issues and Tamiflu shortages.

Swine flu panic has ensued.

"We've definitely had a big increase in sales of hospital masks since Sunday. Really big," said Vicky Nichols of the 7 Store, a survivalist and medical supplier in Utah.

Online pharmacies and nefarious spammers alike played on public paranoia to peddle flu cures, using such suggestive sales lines as "Madonna caught swine flu." Twitter and other social media sites also caught the bug; rumors or facts out of context circulated among millions.

Dow Jones and Hong Kong stock numbers fluttered, then fell as skittish investors considered the impact of a worldwide epidemic. Hogs and pork bellies futures "plunged," according to a Bloomberg analysis.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and President Obama urged Americans to exercise "concern" but not panic. Press drama, driven by death counts and talk of "escalation," fed public imagination, however.

ABC News, for example, showcased "the father of bird flu," virologist Robert Webster, who said "50 percent of the population could die" should the virus mutate.

"This was just one example of television's trend toward terrifying viewers with a threat where the total fatalities do not yet equal the number of people who are killed each day on the nation's roadways," said Dan Gainor of the press watchdog Business & Media Institute.

The sheer volume of coverage was inescapable, prompting some media analysts to conclude that attention to Mr. Obama's first 100 days would be overshadowed by swine flu fixation. By noon Monday, more than 25,000 print stories had appeared on the ailment. Swine flu also went viral, leading the top 10 topics of Nielsen's "Blog Pulse," which tracks daily online activity.

Bread and circuses.

More at the link. (http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/apr/28/hogging-news-coverage-slopping-public-fear/)

patriot45
04-28-2009, 11:39 AM
Bread and circuses.

More at the link. (http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/apr/28/hogging-news-coverage-slopping-public-fear/)

Remember the 0 says - never let a crisis go to waste!

noonwitch
04-28-2009, 11:54 AM
Hopefully, the Scifi channel isn't going to be re-broadcasting The Stand any time soon.

djones520
04-28-2009, 11:58 AM
Hopefully, the Scifi channel isn't going to be re-broadcasting The Stand any time soon.

Heh... that would be kinda cool.

Gingersnap
04-28-2009, 12:31 PM
Well, now I want to watch it tonight. :D

Bubba Dawg
04-28-2009, 08:26 PM
Remember the 0 says - never let a crisis go to waste!


He'll let a crisis go to waste when pigs fly.

Bubba Dawg
04-28-2009, 08:28 PM
Well, now I want to watch it tonight. :D


I bought it on DVD. I love that miniseries. :D

I read The Stand when it came out. Later I heard a longer, if you believe that, version came out that was more like what King originally wrote it, so it was said.

I've not read it. Have you?

Bubba Dawg
04-28-2009, 08:35 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUAvTn3uz5w

megimoo
04-28-2009, 08:43 PM
Well, now I want to watch it tonight. :DThe Andromeda strain !

FlaGator
04-28-2009, 08:49 PM
I bought it on DVD. I love that miniseries. :D

I read The Stand when it came out. Later I heard a longer, if you believe that, version came out that was more like what King originally wrote it, so it was said.

I've not read it. Have you?

There is a unabridged version that King released in 1990 I think He updated it a bit to replace some of the 70s references with 1990 stuff. It is about 300+ pages longer but doesn't change the story. He included more back story for some of the characters like Trashy and inlcluded a character called the Kid. These where not really additions but stuff the had to be cut from the original to get it below 900 pages.

Bubba Dawg
04-28-2009, 08:57 PM
There is a unabridged version that King released in 1990 I think He updated it a bit to replace some of the 70s references with 1990 stuff. It is about 300+ pages longer but doesn't change the story. He included more back story for some of the characters like Trashy and inlcluded a character called the Kid. These where not really additions but stuff the had to be cut from the original to get it below 900 pages.


Thanks. I'm going to look for it. Maybe I'll check The Old Book Shop in St Nicholas. :D

Or Chamblain Book Mine.

I would like to read it again and I might as well read the expanded version. Glad he didn't change much of anything.

Gingersnap
04-28-2009, 09:02 PM
I bought it on DVD. I love that miniseries. :D

I read The Stand when it came out. Later I heard a longer, if you believe that, version came out that was more like what King originally wrote it, so it was said.

I've not read it. Have you?

Yep, I've got both and the longer version is better. While not flu-related, I actually prefer "Swan Song" by Robert McCammon for my taste of TEOTWAWKI but to each their own. Both books are excellent. McCammon has a more decided take on evil. King has a more class take on it (i.e., the geeks are Satanic).

Read 'em both!

Bubba Dawg
04-28-2009, 09:15 PM
Yep, I've got both and the longer version is better. While not flu-related, I actually prefer "Swan Song" by Robert McCammon for my taste of TEOTWAWKI but to each their own. Both books are excellent. McCammon has a more decided take on evil. King has a more class take on it (i.e., the geeks are Satanic).

Read 'em both!


Thanks. Haven't heard of the other one.

And crap, I actually googled TEOTWAWKI because I thought it was some weird B&D anime. :o

Gingersnap
04-28-2009, 09:57 PM
Thanks. Haven't heard of the other one.

And crap, I actually googled TEOTWAWKI because I thought it was some weird B&D anime. :o

You so wish. You so wish a Fox character was involved. :p

Bubba Dawg
04-29-2009, 07:36 PM
You so wish. You so wish a Fox character was involved. :p

Actually....I do.....:o:D

hazlnut
04-29-2009, 07:56 PM
Hopefully, the Scifi channel isn't going to be re-broadcasting The Stand any time soon.

Oh, my-- noonwitch gettin' her digs in on Stephen King.

I could sit down and watch the Andromeda Strain or Outbreak anytime.

Bubba Dawg
04-29-2009, 07:59 PM
Oh, my-- noonwitch gettin' her digs in on Stephen King.

I could sit down and watch the Andromeda Strain or Outbreak anytime.


Andromeda Strain....Outbreak.....The Stand....

Perfect Trifecta....