Today’s ray of hope: Researchers in Australia devised a test they say can determine a novel coronavirus infection in about 20 minutes using blood samples: reuters.com/article/us-hea…
The method the Australian team devised for detecting the novel coronavirus is fascinating: they combine agglutination assays used in blood typing with peptide–antibody bioconjugates. pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/ac… Team estimates a 10-30 minute turn around.
@FBI@kenklippenstein The @FBI Director told Congress that the primary domestic terrorism threat in 2020 is from violent extremists motivated by racial or religious hatred – & the majority of these attacks in America "fueled by some type of white supremacy." cbsnews.com/news/racially-… This remains true.
@FBI@kenklippenstein Reminder: There is no legal mechanism for designating domestic extremist groups as terrorists in the USA. (President Trump is a paper tiger.) nytimes.com/2020/02/25/us/…
If there were, white supremacist & ethno-nationalist groups would be on it – starting with the KKK.
"In a statement, the president of Nambia continued to politicize the #COVID19 outbreak, accusing the 'LameStream Media' of trying to influence him to keep social distancing – which doctors recommend to protect vulnerable people – because it would affect this fall's election."
“The President of Nambia fired a 3rd government inspector general, continuing a purge of independent watchdogs he perceived as disloyal to him for documenting errors, waste or abuse, & retaliating against civil servants who inform Parliament of his corruption or testified to it”
"During a pandemic briefing, the President of Nambia speculated about injecting patients with disinfectant & exposing them to a high dose of UV light. For months, he's repeatedly spread medical misinformation, touted unproven therapies, & contradicted public health authorities."
“Official disinformation concerning all matters of governance is bad for democratic norms and human rights such as freedom of information and the right to truth”-@davidakayemedium.com/@dkisaway/trum…
"Government disinformation about public health is itself a public health risk"–@davidkaye
If spreading Trump's disinformation damages public health, as it as with #coronavirus, government officials + media face a challenge: how to prevent harm by containing the lies of a POTUS.
To put it another way, Trump’s lies are disinformation viruses.
News organizations are a host.
Partisans, the public, & bad actors spread them, too.
Publishers, platforms & the public should put disinformation viruses in "epistemic quarantine."
“What proved even more deadly was the government policy toward the truth”-John M. Berry, on the 1918 flu pandemic smithsonianmag.com/history/journa…
“while influenza bled into American life, public health officials, determined to keep morale up, began to lie.”
“The most important lesson from 1918 is to tell the truth. Though that idea is incorporated into every preparedness plan I know of, its actual implementation will depend on the character & leadership of the people in charge when a crisis erupts”-John Berry washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/…
The way to a contain a pandemic’s impacts on public health, economies, & social cohesion is to invest in capacity, institutions, & trustworthy info to create shared facts. Denial & BS won’t stabilize markets or regain trust: evidence of effective response & moral leadership will.
5 questions journalists need to answer covering Trump:
Can what appears to have happened be confirmed?
If so, was it unprecedented?
Is this recent act of governance normal by the usual standards?
Is what happened a threat to transparency — or democracy? politico.com/magazine/story…
2) Yes, @realDonaldTrump‘s business relationship with the US government is unprecedented for a @POTUS in American history.
Past presidents allowed the @SecretService to stay at their properties for free.
The Post found @VP44 had charged rent, & that that spending was disclosed.
The Senate is restricting freedom of the press during the impeachment trial, from electronics bans to magnetometers to press pens (AKA First Amendment zones): rollcall.com/news/congress/… Please follow @rcfp & ask @RoyBlunt@amyklobuchar to reverse these unprecedented restrictions.
These recommendations from 2017 (!) to improve societal resilience against dis/misinformation hold up:
•Fund the journalism outlets & models that create citizenry capable of informed decisions
•Fund public education for all ages that improves civic, digital & media literacy
Finland has shown the world how to increase societal resilience against disinformation: cnn.com/interactive/20…
The USA needs a “whole of country” approach as well.
Unfortunately, our biggest source of disinformation is coming from inside of the @whitehouse, & is unfit to lead it
Journalism schools should teach this article as a egregious example of false equivalence in an age of asymmetric polarization. The reporter & editors do not provide sufficient context nor verification to inform the public, rendering “both sides” the same. nytimes.com/2019/12/13/us/…
Compare to @isaacstanbecker’s piece, focused on the social media bubble of illiberalism surrounding the impeachment hearings, which accurately reports on the dynamic of facts vs partisan distraction, deflection, & furor washingtonpost.com/politics/fact-… False equivalency masks this dynamic
I'd flag this to a public editor, if the Times had one. (Sadly, @sulliview has left the building.)
The @NYTimes did neither itself nor the public favors by reporting out the dynamics of impeachment this way. Making "both sides" equivalent in this debate implicitly favors the GOP.
In a statement that could have been issued by Stalin or Mussolini, the President of the United States called journalism “an evil propaganda machine” with “false, biased & evil” reporting. The catalyst? A leaked @NYTimes town hall that debated his racism: pressthink.org/2019/08/bad-he…
Hard to start a Sunday morning with a new low in authoritarian rhetoric from a American President instead of a message of peace, grace, kindness, charity, or love.
Sadly, this what is what unhinged, unchecked, pathological narcissism & anti-social personality disorder looks like.
When a debate at a town hall with the journalists of a newspaper of record focuses on the question of *how* to report on Trump’s well-documented racism: nytimes.com/interactive/20… instead of *if* he is a racist, the jig is up. He knows it. So he attacks the @nytimes’ credibility.
1 million hits/year for @OversightGov, Horowitz says. Enhancements are planned. Public will see thousands of recommendations that have not been implemented & would result in cost savings, he explains, & a IG vacancies dashboard. Cc @POGOBlogpogo.org/database/inspe…#opengov
@facebook@SusannahFox My piece highlighted @TheJusticeDept's 2010 rulemaking on whether it should apply the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to websites that offer public accomodoations, thereby making many more online resources accessible to millions of our fellow Americans.
Getting a briefing on @facebook’s transparency report. Spoiler alert: Government requests keep growing. transparency.facebook.com
disclosing data how quickly it reacted to consumer reports & how many mistakes remains an aspirational goal. #CatoSpyCon