600 Physicians Say Lockdowns Are A ‘Mass Casualty Incident’ | Forbes

960x0Editor’s Note: An Associated Press article by Michael Biesecker and Jason Dearen that includes a description of the 600-physician letter is headlined “GOP fronts ‘pro-Trump’ doctors to prescribe rapid reopening,” which has led to criticism of Gold and her colleagues on social media. However, as the article acknowledges in the text, “Gold denied she was coordinating her efforts with Trump’s reelection campaign.” Gold echoed those comments to us, saying, “This was 100% physician grassroots. There was 0% GOP.”

More than 600 of the nation’s physicians sent a letter to President Trump this week calling the coronavirus shutdowns a “mass casualty incident” with “exponentially growing negative health consequences” to millions of non COVID patients.

“The downstream health effects…are being massively under-estimated and under-reported. This is an order of magnitude error,” according to the letter initiated by Simone Gold, M.D., an emergency medicine specialist in Los Angeles.

“Suicide hotline phone calls have increased 600%,” the letter said. Other silent casualties:  “150,000 Americans per month who would have had new cancer detected through routine screening.”

From missed cancer diagnoses to untreated heart attacks and strokes to increased risks of suicides, “We are alarmed at what appears to be a lack of consideration for the future health of our patients.”

Patients fearful of visiting hospitals and doctors’ offices are dying because COVID-phobia is keeping them from seeking care. One patient died at home of a heart attack rather than go to an emergency room. The number of severe heart attacks being treated in nine U.S hospitals surveyed dropped by nearly 40% since March. Cardiologists are worried “a second wave of deaths” indirectly caused by the virus is likely.

The physicians’ letter focuses on the impact on Americans’ physical and mental health.  “The millions of casualties of a continued shutdown will be hiding in plain sight, but they will be called alcoholism, homelessness, suicide, heart attack, stroke, or kidney failure. In youths it will be called financial instability, unemployment, despair, drug addiction, unplanned pregnancies, poverty, and abuse.

“It is impossible to overstate the short, medium, and long-term harm to people’s health with a continued shutdown,” the letter says. “Losing a job is one of life’s most stressful events, and the effect on a person’s health is not lessened because it also has happened to 30 million [now 38 million] other people.  Keeping schools and universities closed is incalculably detrimental for children, teenagers, and young adults for decades to come.”

While all 50 states are relaxing lockdowns to some extent, some local officials are threatening to keep stay-at-home orders in place until August.  Many schools and universities say they may remain closed for the remainder of 2020.

“Ending the lockdowns are not about Wall Street or disregard for people’s lives; it about saving lives,” said Dr. Marilyn Singleton, a California anesthesiologist and one of the signers of the letter. “We cannot let this disease change the U.S. from a free, energetic society to a society of broken souls dependent on government handouts.” She blogs about the huge damage the virus reaction is doing to the fabric of society.

Dr. Jane Orient, executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, also warns that restrictions are having a huge negative impact on non-COVID patients.

“Even patients who do get admitted to hospital, say for a heart problem, are prisoners. No one can be with them. Visitation at a rare single-story hospital was through closed outside window, talking via telephone,” she wrote us.  “To get permission to go to the window you have to make an appointment (only one group of two per day!), put on a mask, get your temperature taken, and get a visitor’s badge of the proper color of the day.”

How many cases of COVID-19 are prevented by these practices? “Zero,” Dr. Orient says.  But the “ loss of patient morale, loss of oversight of care, especially at night are incalculable.”

Virtually all hospitals halted “elective” procedures to make beds available for what was expected to be a flood of COVID-19 patients.  Beds stayed empty, causing harm to patients and resulting in enormous financial distress to hospitals, especially those with limited reserves.

Even states like New York that have had tough lockdowns are starting to allow elective hospital procedures in some regions.  But it’s more like turning up a dimmer switch. In Pennsylvania, the chair of the Geisinger Heart Institute, Dr. Alfred Casale, said the opening will be slow while the facility is reconfigured for COVID-19 social distancing and enhanced hygiene.

Will patients come back?  COVID-phobia is deathly real.

Patients still are fearful about going to hospitals for heart attacks and even for broken bones and deep lacerations. Despite heroic efforts by physicians to deeply sanitize their offices, millions have cancelled appointments and are missing infusion therapies and even chemotherapy treatments. This deferred care is expected to lead to patients who are sicker when they do come in for care and more deaths from patients not receiving care for stroke, heart attacks, etc.

She waited almost a week before going to the hospital where doctors discovered she had a brain bleed that had gone untreated.  She had multiple strokes and died. “This is something that most of the time we’re able to prevent,” said her neurosurgeon, Dr. Abhineet Chowdhary, director of the Overlake Neuroscience Institute in Bellevue, Wash.

As the number of deaths from the virus begin to decline, we are likely to awaken to this new wave of casualties the 600 physicians are warning about. We should be listening to the doctors, and heed their advice immediately.

Source: Forbes & Associated Press

Pandemic Profiteering | Inequality

The number of U.S. citizens filing for unemployment increased to 38.6 million since March 18, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Over the same two months, the wealth of U.S. billionaires has surged $434 billion – an increase of 15 percent.

The combined fortunes of Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg alone grew by nearly $60 billion during these two months, according to a new analysis, jointly released by Americans for Tax Fairness and the Institute for Policy Studies, which released Billionaire Bonanza 2020 in April to examine billionaire wealth during the first month of the pandemic.

Between March 18 and May 19, the total net worth of the 600-plus U.S. billionaires rose from $2.948 trillion to $3.382 trillion.  In March, there were 614 billionaires on the Forbes list. There are 630 two months later, including newcomer Kanye West at $1.3 billion.

Among other COVID-19 victims are the more than 16 million Americans who have likely lost employer-provided healthcare coverage. Low-wage workers, people of color and women have suffered disproportionately in the combined medical and economic crises. Billionaires are overwhelmingly white men.

Wealth growth of other select billionaires in the top 30 on the Forbes May 19 list are below.

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Sources: All data analyzed by ATF and IPS is from Forbes and available here.
March 18, 2020, data is from the Forbes World’s Billionaires List: The Richest in 2020.
May 19, 2020 data was taken from Forbes real-time estimates of worth that day.

May 14, 2020 Update

 

Between March 18 and May 14, 2020, over 36 million U.S. workers lost their jobs, with 2.98 million claims in today’s announcement. Over these same eight weeks, U.S. billionaires saw their wealth increase by $368.8 billion, a 12.51 percent increase.

On March 18th, U.S. billionaires had a combined $2.947 trillion, down from $3.111 trillion a year earlier, according to Forbes annual global billionaire survey. As of May 14, total U.S. billionaire wealth has increased to $3.316 trillion.  In the last eight weeks, 14 new billionaires joined the U.S. billionaire list, which increased from 614 to 628.

Even with a decline in markets, Elon Musk’s wealth increased $3.5 billion in the last week, since May 6. Jeff Bezos’ wealth increased by $900 million and Eric Yuan saw his wealth increase by $800 million.  Mike Bloomberg saw his wealth increase by $400 million.

Between March 18, when Forbes published their 2020 annual Global Billionaire Survey, and the morning of Thursday, May 14, these billionaires have seen their wealth surge:

  • Jeff Bezos – up $30 billion
  • Mark Zuckerberg – up $21 billion
  • Steve Ballmer – up $11.6 billion
  • Elon Musk – up $11.3 billion
  • Michael Bloomberg – up $10 billion

Read more about IPS’s methodology in our report and in this fact check by USA Today.


April 30, 2020 Update

Between March 18 and April 30, 2020, over 30 million U.S. workers lost their jobs. Over these same weeks, U.S. billionaires saw their wealth increase $406 billion, an increase in 13.8 percent increase.

On March 18th, U.S. billionaires had a combined $2.947 trillion, down from $3.111 trillion a year earlier, according to Forbes annual global billionaire issue.

As of April 29, total U.S. billionaire wealth had increased to $3.353 trillion.  This is a boost of $406.2 billion, a 13.78 percent increase in six weeks.

Between April 22 and April 29, billionaire wealth increased $98.1 billion, a 3 percent increase.


The Reach of Billionaire Bonanza 2020

Our Billionaire Bonanza 2020 report has struck a nerve around the world with over 200 media stories in U.S. and global press. See the full report, Billionaire Bonanza 2020: Wealth Windfalls, Tumbling Taxes, and Pandemic Profiteers

Highlights of coverage include: Reuters, Newsweek, New York Post, The New York Times, Washington Post, Fox News, Investing.comNasdaq, GQUS News & World Report,  FortuneThe Week, Business Insider , Futurism, Bill Moyers.com, LA Progressive. In These TimesYahoo Finance, Gizmondo, and GQ Magazine, and Jacobin.

Several feature pieces include:

Fast Company, “American Billionaires Have Gotten $280 billion richer since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic,”

Capital & Main: “Tale of Two Pandemics: The Rich Are Getting Richer”

Sunday Guardian (UK): “Heads we win, tails you lose; America’s rich have turned pandemic into profit.”

Business Insider did four different stories, including: “9 mind-blowing facts about America’s richest people”.

New Republic, “Billionaires Are Eating the Economy,” May 7, 2020

We were fact-checked as true by USA Today, which resulted in one of the best stories about our methodology. See: USA Today:  Molly Stellino, “Fact Check: The super rich did indeed get richer in early weeks of coronavirus pandemic,” May 7, 2020.

Billionaire Bonanza made a splash in the sports reporting world, including this story in Football Times, “Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke’s wealth increases by £323m as players take wage cut”, May 6, 2020.  James Benge wrote, “ The wealth of Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke has increased by over £300million since the start of 2020, a study by a leading American think tank has revealed.”

Sample of international coverage: Straits Times (Singapore) Observador (Portugal), Daily Mail (Australia), Regina Leader Post (Saskatchewa, Canada), Sunday Times(South Africa) “Corona boost for richest in the U.S.”  International Business Times. La Jornada (Mexico), Publico (Spain),

Our own commentaries appeared in CNN and The Guardian.  An op-ed by report co-authors, Omar Ocampo and Chuck Collins, “Rich Getting Richer Despite Pandemic,” has been syndicated in over 60 U.S. newspapers by the Tribune News Service/ Progressive Media Project, including in Houma Today (LA), Daily Comet (Lafayette, LA), Tyler Paper (TX) The Derrick (Oil City, PA), Bozeman Daily Chronicle (MT).

Source: Inequality

The Top Twelve Lies about COVID-19 | Unlock The Lockdown

This article is just a quick run-down of the Top Twelve Lies.

1.   People dropping dead in the streets.

Guardian January

Metro January 31st

The Sun January 31st

This is how the media portrayed COVID-19 at the beginning: a disease so dangerous that people walking along the street suddenly dropped down dead. Virtually all the UK media carried these photos. It’s very odd that in the first two pictures, and variants of them in other papers, those emergency workers have no equipment with them, and appear to be just standing around doing nothing. Are these faked photos? There have been no reports of people dropping dead in the street anywhere since then. And if it had been true in China, the virus would have been noticed very quickly. We now know that the symptoms are indistinguishable from colds, flu or pneumonia. These photos were the start of the Coronapanic lies.

2.   Three Percent Will Die.

The WHO put out this 3% death rate figure early on. You don’t need to be a maths wizard to know that’s one person in thirty. That’s a serious reason to panic. We now know that the death rate is around 0.1%. That’s about one in a thousand, and comparable to seasonal flu. But just as important, the figures are massively skewed towards people around eighty who have at least two existing serious conditions, and are already in a care home: people who have minimal quality of life, and little remaining expectation of life. For younger, healthy people, and younger here can mean under seventy, never mind twenty or thirty, the risk of death is vanishingly small.

3,    Herd Immunity is a Dangerous Idea.

This is one of the most serious corruptions of science ever. You don’t need a degree in Epidemiology to know that epidemics come and go. The very definition of the word implies that. (Conversely, a disease which stays around for many years is called endemic.) You do need to know just a smidgen of Epidemiology to understand why epidemics come and go. It’s not rocket science. When the new disease arrives, everybody is susceptible to it, because it is new and therefore nobody has any immunity. The disease can race through the population, but as it does so it leaves immune people in its wake. As the number of immune people grows, the disease finds it harder and harder to spread. When the number of immune people reaches a certain point (which varies with different diseases) the bug can find no new people to infect, so the bug itself effectively dies. That point is called herd immunity. It is the only way to defeat a new virus. But see number 4.

4.   We Need a Vaccine to Give us Herd Immunity.

Vaccines work by creating artificial herd immunity, but that’s no better than natural herd immunity. And the simple fact is, as everyone knows, we don’t have a vaccine. How long will it take to make one, test it properly, and roll it out? Eighteen months? Three years? Never? In any event, even if we use a vaccine before proper safety testing, it will still take longer than it does to reach herd immunity naturally. (And note that the Common Cold is also often caused by some other Coronaviruses. Still no sign of a vaccine for any of those.)

5 Lockdowns Work.

The evidence here is very, very weak. It is common sense that they must have some effect. But we have New York, with a hard lockdown and massive deaths, while Tokyo with a minimal lockdown has hardly any. Or Sweden with a very mild lockdown having a lower death rate than Britain with a draconian one. Or Spain and Portugal, which together make up the Iberian Peninsula, having massively different death rates. There is another factor, or factors, involved here, and the mass media seem to have no concern as to what they might be. Happily there are some scientists who do seek to explain the differences. Several factors have been put forward with good evidence:

  1. Vitamin D plays a huge role in the immune system, and variations in deficiency certainly play a part, at least in individual cases. In fact, it is negligent of the Government not to have promoted Vitamin D supplementation on a large scale.
  2. Flu vaccines also play a role in causing worse outcome with Coronaviruses. The mechanism is called vaccine-induced viral interference. Naturally those who make vaccines are not keen for you to know about such undesirable side-effects.
  3. Obesity is a negative indicator, which will partly explain New York’s high death rate. One of the oddest Covid statistics to date is that out of the small number of deaths in Japan, no less than seven are Sumo Wrestlers!

One could tease out many other factors, but not one comes close to the Grand Deal-Breaker in Epidemiology, which is immunity. Immunity is the principal reason people do not get sick with any disease. Hence the primary factor in differential death rates must be how long different countries had the virus before they realised. As the infection travelled through populations, confused with colds and flu, it was steadily building immunity. China has a truly miniscule number of deaths given its huge population. The virus there was on the rampage right through Winter Flu Season, before they realised there was something new. When they did, they locked down, and the lockdown appeared to be very effective; but only because they were already close to herd immunity. The countries surrounding China, which have a great deal of intercourse with it, have similarly low death rates (Vietnam, nobody at all!) How and when the virus got into other countries is difficult to unravel now; but one should be aware that Wuhan Airport is a major hub, with flights all over the World. We can reasonably infer that Norway, for example, was infected early, yielding the much lower recorded deaths later. Such a conclusion is borne out by the fact that, having now eased its lockdown, cases are still going down. In other words, there is no sign of a “Second Wave”. After a tight and effective lockdown preventing transmission, and also therefore preventing the growth of immunity, there should indeed be a second wave. The lack of one points very strongly to previously acquired immunity. (In all of this New York remains the ultimate outlier, and I’m no more prepared to attempt a complete explanation of NY statistics at this stage than anybody else.)

6.   Lockdown Does Not Cause More Deaths than it Saves.

The leaked figure of 150,000 lockdown-caused deaths has never been refuted by the UK Government. It is only common sense that with the NHS shut down to almost everyone, there will be more deaths from other causes. Also more suicides, more domestic violence, and the array of problems that increase mortality when poverty increases. The economic crash is going to have a big effect there. And do we regard the suicide of a healthy 20-year-old as equivalent to the death of an ailing 85-year old? Lockdown is not a One-Way Street when it comes to saving lives; more likely a Wrong-Way Street.

7.     Being Infected May Not (or Does Not) Make You Immune.

This is a truly bizarre assumption to make about any specific infection. (Note that the Common Cold, which is endemic, is caused by a number of different viruses.) This “fact” was allegedly based on some people who seemed to be infected twice. But the extreme difficulty of distinguishing between Colds, Flu, Covid19 and Pneumonia means this was always a ridiculous conclusion to reach. And if it were true it would be a one shot kill of the “Race for a Vaccine.” Vaccines only work because they stimulate the immune system in the way a natural infection does. If Covid19 did not provoke a normal immune response, any vaccine would be useless.

8.    Having Covid Means Having Serious Symptoms.

In the beginning of this sorry saga, the most serious symptom, as noted in Lie 1 above, was instant death. Now we know that it mostly has no symptoms at all, or presents like a Common Cold. All the World’s highly-paid and endlessly-promoted “experts” somehow didn’t notice this.

9.    Masks Work.

If they do, why can’t we all wear them and get back to normal? If they don’t, why are we ever recommended to use them? The effectiveness or otherwise of masks has been a controversial matter for months. Some Doctors have said that healthy people wearing them outside of a clinical setting is definitely a bad idea. Is the mask controversy just another way to ramp up fear and confusion?

10.   Two Meter Social Distancing is Necessary.

There is no good science behind this. In Norway, with its incredibly low death rate, they use one metre. And there is never a reference to whether you are indoors or out. If you breathe out virus indoors, it has little choice but to hang around in the room for a while. If you are outside in fairly still air, which has a speed of about 2 metres per second, the virus you breathed out 2 seconds ago is already 4 metres away. And because the air you breathe out is always warmer than the surrounding air, and warm air rises, that potentially virus-laden air will rise up outside with no ceiling to stop it. So two metres is not necessary in Norway, but it is in England, whether you are in a small room or on a breezy beach. Is this fear-mongering nonsense, or science? It is certainly not the latter.

11.    Money has Nothing to do with Any of This.

The influence and mega-bucks of Bill Gates and Big Pharma is supposedly not skewing the debate. Bill Gates’s donations to Prof Lockdown Ferguson’s Imperial College, or to the WHO, make no difference, and Bill Gates’s desire to produce seven billion doses of vaccine does not give him a financial interest. Bill Gates is a nice guy who knows a lot about computer viruses, so we should all look to him as our Saviour from this virus. I fancy there’s more logic in Alice in Wonderland.

12.   The Destruction of Basic Human Rights is a Price Worth Paying.

People being under virtual House Arrest, with Freedom of Movement, Freedom of Association, Freedom of Speech, Freedom to Work, Freedom to attend School, all curtailed, is OK? The introduction of mass personal surveillance is a good thing? If a foreign invader threatened our Rights like that we would fight for them, and accept casualties in the process. Why are we suddenly turning that logic on its head, and deciding to give up Rights to (possibly) save lives? Do we all fondly imagine that we will soon have our Rights back? History shows that Rights are generally hard won, and once lost they are very hard to get back. And if you think you still have Freedom of Speech, try as I and others have, to put across a view that is different to the Government. Yes, you can get it across to a few. But if it reaches many more, Google, or YouTube, or Facebook will soon censor it. If you are reading this article, it is because you are one of a small number, meaning the article is still below the censor’s radar, or the popularity level that triggers censorship.

In those wonderful days before Covid19, we all knew that Politicians, Journalists and Salesmen are inveterate Purveyors of Porky Pies. Now these same people are regarded as Saints and Saviours, with absolutely nothing but our best interests and well-being in their hearts. It is a fact, meaning a real one, not a fake one, that I can think of no topic ever that has had so many utterly bizarre lies told about it. It is also a fact that I cannot think of any matter where politicians around the World all suddenly started braying like donkeys with the same awful hoo-ha. And also a fact that I cannot think of any occurrence which has simultaneously destroyed human rights and wrecked the economy across the entire Globe. Is it not odd that all of those three extreme observations should apply to the very same little virus? If anyone can’t see a problem here, it can only be that Coronapanic has totally obliterated their thought processes.

Source: The Lockdown

A Study on Infectivity of Asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 Carriers | National Library of Medicine

Asymptomatic

Background: An ongoing outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has spread around the world. It is debatable whether asymptomatic COVID-19 virus carriers are contagious. We report here a case of the asymptomatic patient and present clinical characteristics of 455 contacts, which aims to study the infectivity of asymptomatic carriers.

Material and methods: 455 contacts who were exposed to the asymptomatic COVID-19 virus carrier became the subjects of our research. They were divided into three groups: 35 patients, 196 family members and 224 hospital staffs. We extracted their epidemiological information, clinical records, auxiliary examination results and therapeutic schedules.

Results: The median contact time for patients was four days and that for family members was five days. Cardiovascular disease accounted for 25% among original diseases of patients. Apart from hospital staffs, both patients and family members were isolated medically. During the quarantine, seven patients plus one family member appeared new respiratory symptoms, where fever was the most common one. The blood counts in most contacts were within a normal range. All CT images showed no sign of COVID-19 infection. No severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infections was detected in 455 contacts by nucleic acid test.

Conclusion: In summary, all the 455 contacts were excluded from SARS-CoV-2 infection and we conclude that the infectivity of some asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 carriers might be weak.


Keywords:
Asymptomatic carrier; Contacts; Infectivity; SARS-CoV-2.

Conflict of interest statement

Declaration of competing interest The authors declare that they have no known competing financial interests or personal relationships that could have appeared to influence the work reported in this paper.

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US Begins To Implement WHO “Contact Tracing” To Forcibly Remove People From Their Homes? | Activist Post

By Spiro Skouras 

This report is a follow-up to one where I cover how Michael Ryan of the WHO stated in a press briefing how the WHO (which is of course in the pocket of Bill Gates) now believes it is time to start removing people from their homes.

I know many people, especially those of you who are in the US, think that could never happen here … well, those are probably the same people who thought just a couple months ago that it would be impossible to lockdown the entire country because people would never put up with it and because we have rights… right? This is being said even as we are ON lockdown.

For those of you who can’t wait for the government to lift the lockdowns, as many states are preparing to do, remember that we were told things will not go back to normal until there is a vaccine and the entire planet has largely received it… we have also been told about how we must embrace the new normal.

Part of that new normal is contact tracing. Hmm, sounds normal enough – or at least harmless – kind of like how the Patriot Act sounds harmless or Operation Iraqi Freedom may have sounded like a good thing to many, despite the fact that it was a war of aggression based on lies which resulted in the death of over a million people… but, hey, it has the word freedom in it.

So what exactly is contact tracing? Well, according to California Governor Newsom…

Contact tracing, combined with expanded testing, is a pillar of the state’s modified stay-at-home order and The goal is to track and trace every person in the state who may have been exposed, then quickly isolate and test them.

So, in other words, the state cannot open up without contact tracing; and only then it would be a modified stay-at-home order, and not actually removing the lockdown in its entirety.

And how are they going to accomplish this? In their own words… “California is building an army of 20k people who will be trained as disease detectives, serving six- to 12-month-long gigs that demand skills ranging from data entry and psychology to project management and crisis intervention.” Saying the state is providing a “customer service,” while others may see this customer service as the new secret police.

California will be the test pilot for this program which they have stated will serve as the template nationwide.

Welcome to COVID1984.

Source: Activist Post

Media Analysis: Bias & Accuracy

MediaMapBy John David Van Hove, Editor

Here are some facts about the mainstream media: ownership, founders, leadership, circulation and their particular political bias. These news sources are listed in our order of preference.

The Wall Street Journal

  • Founded in 1889 by journalists, Charles Dow, Edward Jones & Charles Bergstresser who established Dow Jones & Company which led to the founding of the newspaper
  • Owned by News Corp & Rupert Murdoch; Bought for 5b; Also owns Dow Jones & Co
  • Circulation: 2.8m
  • Conservative in bias, but uses minimally loaded words in headlines
  • Owns Medford & Ashland Tidings
  • Media Bias Fact Check rates the Wall Street Journal Right-Center biased due to low biased news reporting in combination with a strongly right biased editorial stance. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting rather than High, due to anti-climate, anti-science stances and occasional misleading editorials. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/wall-street-journal/ 

Bloomberg News

  • Owned by Michael R. Bloomberg, Bloomberg LP
  • Former Editor of The Economist, John Micklethwait is the Editor-in-Chief
  • Involved in the C40 Climate Leadership Group
  • Media Bias Fact Check rates Bloomberg Left-Center biased due to story selection that slightly favors the left. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting, rather than High, due to not covering Michael Bloomberg and his Democratic Presidential rivals during the primaries. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/bloomberg/

Forbes

  • Founded in 1917 by B.C. Forbes and his partner Walter Drey
  • Chairman & Editor-in-Chief Steve Forbes
  • CEO is Mike Federie
  • In 2014 a Hong Kong based investor group purchased a majority stake in Forbes Media
  • Forbes coverage of China has been criticize due to Chinese ownership
  • Published controversial articles by Dinesh
  • Media Bias Fact Check rates Forbes Right-Center biased based on story selection that tends to favor the right and the political affiliation of its ownership. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting, rather than High due to some misleading or false stories related to climate science. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/forbes/

The Epoch Times

  • Owned by the Epoch Media Group which also owns NTD
  • Non-Profit 501 (c)3
  • First Published in NY in 2000.
  • Founded by John Tang and Chinese-American Falun Gong practitioners
  • Publishes in 21 languages in 35 countries
  • When reporting on China they do reflect a strong anti-communism bias
  • Strong Pro-Trump bias
  • Media Bias Fact Check listed as false an article entitled “Did China’s Communist government create the novel coronavirus in a laboratory and release it into the world as a deadly bioweapon (Note: LIF tends to agree with The Epoch Times on this matter)
  • Media Bias Fact Check rates The Epoch Times borderline Questionable and Right Biased based on editorial positions that consistently favor the right. We also rate them factually Mixed due to the publication of pseudoscience and the promotion of pro-Trump propaganda and conspiracy theories as well as failed fact checks. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/the-epoch-times/ 

The Hill

  • Owned by News Communications, published by Capitol Hill Publishing
  • Published in Washington DC since 1994
  • Features editorial commentaries that provide a reasonably balanced group of columnist
  • Media Bias Fact Check rates The Hill Least Biased based on editorial positions that are currently balanced and news reporting that is low biased. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting, rather than High, due to previous opinion columns promoting unproven claims. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/the-hill

Roll Call

  • Owned by FiscalNote
  • Founded in 1955 reporting news of legislative and political maneuverings on Capitol Hill
  • Merged with Congressional Quarterly in 2009
  • Media Bias Fact Check rates Roll Call Least Biased based on straightforward, factually based news reporting. We also rate them Very-High for factual reporting due to strong sourcing and a clean fact check record. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/roll-call/

Business Insider

  • Owned by German Publishing House of Bold, Die Welt and Fakt,  Axel Springer acquired Business Insider for $442m
  • Media Bias Fact Check rates Business Insider Left-Center Biased based on story selection that leans left and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a reasonable fact check record. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/business-insider/

Fox News Channel

  • Owned by Fox Entertainment Group, a subsidiary of 21st Century Fox; also owns National Geographic both the U.S. and international versions)
  • Fox News began in 1996; $2.7b year revenue
  • Fox News is available in 90 million homes
  • Ranks 1st with 2.5m viewers; Fox News Channel best show
  • Fox News as network for the unrepresented, for outsiders, in direct competition with CNN
  • Fox News Rise due to Roger Ailes, CEO
  • Fox News Bill O’Reilly & Ailes ousted for sexual harassment charges; Megyn Kelly left
  • Fox News Anchors like Tucker Carlson & Sean Hannity lead the way calling CNN “fake news”
  • Fox News Lachlan Murdoch, CEO looking at a future beyond Trump (since Rupert Murdoch retired)
  • Fox News attacked all media that didn’t have a right-wing basis
  • Fox News more propaganda; a mouthpiece for Trump
  • Fox News & White House revolving door with more than twenty people (John Bolton was a Fox News contributor BEFORE becoming Trump’s National Security Advisor)
  • Fox News Trump identity crisis; Fox poll said 51% of viewers wanted him impeached
  • Fox News 18 times Trump criticized Fox News
  • Fox News sick of being attacked by Trump
  • Fox News not producing unbiased coverage
  • Media Bias Fact Check rates Fox News strongly Right-Biased due to editorial positions and story selection that favors the right. We also rate them Mixed factually and borderline Questionable based on poor sourcing and the spreading of conspiracy theories that later must be retracted after being widely shared. Further, Fox News would be rated a Questionable source based on numerous failed fact checks by hosts and pundits, however straight news reporting is generally reliable, therefore we rate them Mixed for factual reporting. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/fox-news/

New York Post

  • Founded in 1801 by Alexander Hamilton (One of the Founding Fathers of the United States), the New York Post (NY Post) is a daily tabloid newspaper from New York City. According to an article published by the NY Times, titled “THE NEW YORK POST HAS A LONG HISTORY”, they describe how under Hamilton’s ownership the paper covered “shipping news, engaged in political crusades even if it meant the loss of advertising revenue
  • Later owners were Poet William Cullen Bryant who kept the NY Post for 50 years, followed by railroad magnate Henry Villard (1878), Oswald Garrison Villard (1917), Thomas W. Lamond, and Cyrus H. K. Curtis (1920). Under Curtis’ ownership the NY Post followed a conservative editorial policy until 1936.
  • When David J.Stern acquired the paper in 1936, they became editorially more liberal. Dorothy Schiff bought the New York Post in 1939, which she controlled until 1976, and under her ownership, The Post was liberal as it supported the civil rights movement and opposed the Vietnam War. In 1942, Theodore Thackrey became editor and The Post switched from a broadsheet paper to a tabloid.
  • In 1976, Rupert Murdoch, the owner of News Corp, acquired The New York Post and in 1988, Murdoch sold the paper to Real estate developer Peter S. Kalikow. When Kalikow lost the paper to bankruptcy in 1993, Rupert Murdoch once again purchased the paper and continues to own it today. Since Murdoch took over the paper, The Post has been known for their over-the-top sensational headlines.
  • Overall we rate the New York Post on the far end of Right-Center Biased due to story selection that typically favors the Right and Mixed (borderline questionable) for factual reporting based on several failed fact checks. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/new-york-post/

Trending Politics

  • Founded in 2019 & Co-Owned by A. Ferretti, R. Nosbish, Jack Murphy and Clayton Keirns
  • Pro-Trump bias to balance the Left’s negative reporting
  • Media Bias Fact Checks rates Trending Politics a borderline Questionable, Right Biased source based on story selection and editorial positions that routinely favor the right. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to use of poor sources, occasional promotion of conspiracy theories and a failed fact check. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/trending-politics/ 

Daily Caller

  • Founded in 2010 by Tucker Carlson, a libertarian political pundit and Neil Patel, former advisor to VP Dick Cheney
  • 30m page views per month
  • Publishes controversial science articles
  • Media Bias Fact Check rates the Daily Caller strongly right biased based on story selection that almost always favors the right and Mixed for factual reporting due to numerous failed fact checks. The Daily Caller is a source that needs to be fact checked on a per article basis. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/daily-caller/ 

Washington Post

  • WAPO began in 1887
  • Circulation: 1m daily via digital
  • WAPO is owned by Jeff Bezos who paid $250m via Nash Holdings LLC cash; He also owns Amazon.com & Blue Origin
  • Didn’t buy as an investment, but had an important role to play in democracy
  • Doubled its web traffic and became profitable within 3 years
  • Newsroom of 900 people operate with full independence says Bezos
  • Media Bias Fact Check rates The Washington Post Left-Center biased based on editorial positions that moderately favors the left and factually High due to the use of proper sources and a reasonable fact check record. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/washington-post/

Politico

  • Owned by Capitol News Company, Robert L. Allbritton, Publisher & Executive Chairman
  • Founded by two former Washington Post journalists, John F. Harris and Jim VandeHei.
  • Media Bias Fact Check rates Politico Least Biased based on balanced coverage of news stories and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/politico/

The New York Times

  • NYT began in 1851
  • NYT is owned by Sulzberger family & Carlos Slim
  • NYT Chairman Arthur Gregg “A.G.” Sulzberger is the sixth member of the Ochs/Sulzberger family to serve as published since 1896
  • Founding Editor Henry Jarvis Raymond and former banker George Jones
  • Political Position of the NYT “We shall be Conservative, in all cases where we think Conservatism essential to the public good; and we shall be Radical in everything which may seem to us to require radical treatment and radical reform.”
  • Raymond was prominent in forming the Republican Party during the 1850’s
  • Early Investors included the first president of Wells Fargo & Company and director of American Express.
  • NYT looks at the issues from a progressive perspective and is regarded as “liberal”. According to a Pew Research Centers’ media polarization report  “the ideological Placement of Each Source’s Audience” places the audience for the New York Times as “consistently liberal.” Further, since 1960 The New York Times has only endorsed Democratic Presidential Candidates.
  • Donald Trump has frequently criticized The New York Times on his Twitter account. Trump labels the NYT as “fake news”, “naive”, “dumb”, and “the failing New York Times.”
  • Media Bias Fact Check shows the New York Times has made false claims in reporting, but always makes corrections to those stories as soon as new information is available. Further, failed fact checks occurred on Op-Ed pages and not straight news reporting.
  • Media Bias Fact Check rates the New York Times Left-Center biased based on word and story selection that moderately favors the left, but highly factual and considered one of the most reliable sources for news information due to proper sourcing and well respected journalists/editors. The failed fact checks that occurred were on Op-Ed’s and not straight news reporting. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/new-york-times/

Los Angeles Times

  • Founded in 1881 and owned by Biotech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong
  • Owner has spent decades trying to cure cancer; richest doctor in the world; Born to Chinese parents; acquired a handful of other California newspapers
  • Moderately loaded headlines
  • Endorses Democratic candidates
  • Media Bias Fact Check rates LA Times, Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that favor the left and High for factual reporting due to a clean fact check record. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/la-times-los-angeles-times/

USA Today

  • Owned by Gannett
  • Owned by Gannett Company
  • Circulation: 1.7m
  • Media Bias Fact Check rates USA Today Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that slightly favor the left and factually high due to proper sourcing. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/usa-today-2/

Newsweek Magazine

  • Owned by Etienne Uza and Johnathan Davis
  • Bought in 2013
  • Also owns The Daily Beast, Latin Times and Medical Daily
  • Media Bias Fact Check rates Newsweek Left Biased based on story selection that favors the left and Mixed for factual reporting due to multiple failed fact checks by IFCN fact checkers. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/newsweek/

Time Magazine

  • Owned by Marc & Lynne Benioff, Salesforce)
  • Paid $170m in 2017
  • Media Bias Fact Check rates Time Magazine Left-Center biased based on story selection that mostly favors the left and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. This update moves Time further to the left with their bias rating score increasing from 3.75/10 to 4.75/10, which is on the cusp of Left and Left-Center Bias. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/time/

CNN

  • Division of Warner Media News and Sports; owned by Turner Broadcasting System which is a division of Time Warner and founded by Ted Turner in 1980’s)
  • AT&T owns Warner Media & Time Warner
  • CNN is available in 90 million homes; Ranks 22nd in viewers with less than 1m
  • CNN how manyJeff Zucker, Chairman & CEO
  • CNN most used digital news and information outlet in world
  • CNN was originally an outlet without political bias
  • CNN began in 1980’s
  • CNN Airport Network pays airports for exclusive access to display their content and provides funds for TV equipment
  • CNN wants to be a big and important part of the conversation
  • CNN fired multiple Trump-friendly commentators
  • CNN produced 20 events to debate issues
  • CNN no live and uncut political rallies
  • CNN less news reporting, more punditry, more round tables, more horse-race politics, more talking heads, more interviews and interviews yelling at each other which makes the news more confusing for the viewer
  • Media Bias Fact Check rates CNN left biased based on editorial positions that consistently favors the left, while straight news reporting falls left-center through bias by omission. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to several failed fact checks by TV hosts. However, news reporting on the website tends to be be properly sourced with minimal failed fact checks. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/cnn/

HuffPost

  • Owned by AOL; Owned by Verizon
  • Verizon Wireless Owned by AT&T
  • Media Bias Fact Check rates HuffPost Left-Biased due to story selection that favors the left and Mostly Factual in reporting due to proper sourcing with a few failed fact checks. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/huffington-post/

The Atlantic

  • The Atlantic first published in 1857
  • Founded by Ralph Waldo Emerson & Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • Circulation: less than .5k
  • Media Bias Fact Check rates The Atlantic Left-Center Biased due to editorial positions and High for factual reporting based on excellent sourcing of information. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/the-atlantic/

The New Yorker Magazine

  • Founded in 1925 and owned by the Newhouse family, Conde Nast Inc, a subsidiary of Advance Publications; Also owns Vogue, Vanity Fair, Gentlemen’s Quarterly, Architectural Digest & Wired
  • Circulation 1m
  • Uses strong emotionally loaded headlines; Endorses Democrats
  • Media Bias Fact Check rates the New Yorker Left Biased based on story selection and editorial position that favors the left and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/new-yorker/

NETWORKS

ABC News

  • American Broadcasting Company Owned by Disney Media Networks and The Walt Disney Company
  • Flagship programs include: ABC World News Tonight with David Muir, Good Morning America Nightline, Primetime and 20/20, Political Affairs Program This Week with George Stephanolpoulos
  • Founded in 1945
  • 37% liberal, 41% mixed and 21% conservative
  • Removed a fake Syria bombing video on 10/14/2019
  • Media Bias Fact Check rates ABC News Left-Center biased based on story selection and word choices that moderately favor the left and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a reasonable fact check record. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/abc-news/

NBC News

  • Division of NBCUniversal News Group, a subsidiary of NBC Universal is Owned by Comcast, Noah Oppenheim, President
  • Founded in 1940 as National Broadcasting Company
  • Media Bias Fact Check rates NBC News Left-Center biased based on story selection and word choices that moderately favor the left and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a reasonable fact check record. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/nbc-news/

MSNBC

  • Owned by Comcast, Brian L. Roberts, CEO
  • MSNBC is available in 96 million homes
  • MSNBC ranks third with 1.75m viewers; Morning Joe is highest rank show
  • Left-wing alternative to Fox News
  • Media Bias Fact Check rates MSNBC Left Biased based on story selection that consistently favors the establishment left. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to news hosts and the website producing 3 pants on fire claims. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/msnbc/

CBS News

  • Owned by National Amusements, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS, Susan Zirinsky, President
  • Founded in 1929
  • Flagship programs include: CBS Sunday Morning, 60 Minutes and 48 Hours, Face the Nation. CBS Radio News broadcasts on 100% of radio stations in the USA. CBSN
  • Media Bias Fact Check rates CBS News Left-Center biased based on story selection that moderately favors the left and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/cbs-news/

PBS News Hour

  • Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 signs by Lyndon B. Johnson formed the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and National Public Radio (NPR)
  • Media Bias Fact Check rates PBS NewsHour slightly Left-Center Biased based on story selection that slightly favors the left and Very High for factual reporting due to in-depth, well sourced information and a clean fact check record. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/pbs-news-hour/

Associated Press

  • Founder & Published Moses Yale Beach started AP in 1846
  • Created by five New York newspapers
  • Multinational, not-for-profit news agency and owned by its contributing newspapers, radio and television stations in the US
  • Reporting on the Trump administration the Associated Press usually maintains a neutral voice,
  • Media Bias Fact Check rates the Associated Press borderline Left-Center Biased due to left-leaning editorializing, but Least Biased on a whole due to balanced story selection. We also rate them Very-High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/associated-press/

Gannett Company

  • Parent organization New Media Investment Group
  • Large newspaper chain headquartered in McLean, Virginia (same town as the CIA)
  • Largest total daily circulation; 3.2b revenue
  • Owns USA Today, Detroit Free Press, The Arizona Republic, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and 100 prominent newspaper in small, midsize and large cities
  • Bought by GateHouse Media which published 144 daily newspapers, 684 community publications and 569 local-market websites in 38 states

CANADA

CBC News (Canada)

  • Canadian Government Funding (66%) The CBC Board consisting of 12 members appointed by the Independent Advisory Board.
  • Founded in 1936 by an Act of Parliament, a division of Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Republishes stories from credible sources such as Associated Press & Reuters
  • Media Bias Fact Check rates CBC Left-Center Biased based on editorial positions that leans slightly left and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/cbc-news-canadian-broadcasting/

The Globe and Mail (Canada)

  • Owned by The Woodbridge Company Ltd and controlling shareholder of Thomson Reuters division of Reuters News
  • Founded in 1844
  • Endorses slightly more conservative candidates
  • Media Bias Fact Check rates The Globe and Mail slightly Right-Center biased due to editorial positions and High for factual reporting based on proper sourcing. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/the-globe-and-mail/

UNITED KINGDOM

Reuters (UK)

  • Owned by Woodbridge Company Limited, Thomson Reuters and Reuters Group
  • World’s leading international multimedia news agency based in London, UK
  • Numerous Pulitzer Prizes for reporting
  • Thomson Reuters Trust Principles require journalists to maintain freedom from bias
  • Media Bias Fact Check rates Reuters Least Biased based on objective reporting and Very High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing of information with minimal bias and a clean fact check record. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/reuters/

BBC (UK)

  • BBC governed by a Board of Directors consisting of 13 members. Deputy Governor of the Bank of England David Clementi is the Chairman. Financed by consumer license fees on broadcasting receivers (televisions and radios).
  • Founded in 1922 and operating as a Royal Charter, the British Broadcasting System
  • Media Bias Fact Check rates the BBC Left-Center biased based on story selection that slightly favors the left and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing of information. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/bbc/

The Times & Sunday Times (UK)

  • Owned by NewsUK, Acquired by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation in 1981
  • Founded in 1785
  • Media Bias Fact Check rates The Times and Sunday Times Right-Center biased based on story selection and editorial positions that favors the right and High for factual reporting due to a clean fact check record. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/the-times-of-london/

London Evening Standard (UK)

New Statesman (UK)

  • Owned by GlobalData PLC
  • Founded in 1913 by socialist Fabian Society
  • Media Bias Fact Check rates the New Statesman Left Biased based on story selection that mostly favors the left and High for factual reporting due to a clean fact check record. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/new-statesman/

The Guardian (UK)

  • Owned by Guardian Media Group & Scott Trust Ltd. Founded in 1921
  • Slight to moderate liberal bias and uses loaded words
  • Media Bias Fact Check rates The Guardian Left-Center biased based on story selection that moderately favors the left and Mostly Factual in reporting, rather than High due to a couple of failed fact checks.  https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/the-guardian/

Financial Times (UK)

  • Published in UK owned by The Nikkei, a Japanese news and financial information company
  • Media Bias Fact Check rates the Financial Times Least Biased based on balanced reporting and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check. https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/financial-times/

Source: Media Bias Fact Check

Rose/Icke III: The Livestream | London Real

Screen Shot 2020-05-04 at 6.27.40 AMJohnny Liberty, Editor’s Note: This is the third and final interview between Brian Rose and David Icke. After the first and second interviews which he exposed the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity for the Global Power Structure, or cult as he calls it, to impose their decades long New World Order (NWO) agenda to destroy the sovereignty of nations. 

Their ultimate goal is to undermine freedom, destroy independent small businesses, reduce the human race to a starving population fighting each other for survival and impose a an absolute totalitarian control system which includes mandatory vaccines laced with microchips/nanobots. All this is run robotically with the rollout of 5G networks.

Immediately after the second interview, David Icke was banned from Facebook and YouTube for violating “community” standards (and daring to air a controversial perspective the Global Power Structure doesn’t want you to hear about).

You can believe Icke’s perspective or not, but it’s your sovereign right (i.e., human right) to be able to hear his perspective and decide for yourself.  For anyone knowledgable in his field of research, you would know Icke is speaking truth if the technocrats have to go to the extreme measures of squashing/censoring the message to stop his message from getting out to the uninformed.  Friends of Liberty, do listen and decide for yourself, but under no circumstances bury your head in the sand. This is the turning point of human civilization and our individual awareness and collective decisions will determine the fate of all humanity.

By David Rose & David Icke

The Broadcast They Don’t Want You To See… The Ideas They Don’t Want You To Hear…

On May 3, 2020 at 5pm UK time, David Icke is LIVE on the DIGITAL FREEDOM PLATFORM for the largest LIVESTREAM of a conversation in human history. This single broadcast could change the course of humanity.

If we get the information now, we can act on it, we can change course.

If We Are Silenced, It Could Be The End of Humanity As We Know It.

WE NEED YOU!

Based on the popularity of our previous Icke I and II interviews, we expect to have a MILLION PEOPLE ACCESSING THIS LIVE.

As a member of the London Real Army you can make a difference by sharing this link and sharing this video.

Be Brave. Stand Up. Fight For Your Freedom.

What Will You Tell Your Grandchildren You Did During The Removal Of Civil Rights During The Great Pandemic?

Did You Stay At Home And Did What You Were Told? Or Did You Fight For Your Freedom Of Speech?

Join Us And Let’s Change The World.

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