People on both sides of the political isle, Republicans and Democrats, regularly complain about the poor quality reporting we are receiving from major corporate media. It appears editors and general managers focus more on profit and less on accuracy. They rush to get stories out, but don’t properly fact check or verify the accuracy of claims.
This morning I woke to find Honolulu Star Advertiser reporter Nina Wu making a major error reporting local and statewide COVID19 confirmed infections. Nina claims we are continuing to trend upward, when in fact we may have peaked and are coming down.
Wrote to Nina about 6:30am this morning; she did not respond. Followed up reaching out to Star Advertiser management around 9:30am. Nobody responded. I’ve learned Hawai’i officials rarely apologize or correct mistakes. Much insecurity and incompetence in the Aloha state.
Nina Wu Makes Error Reporting Average COVID-19 Confirmed Infections
Making a reporting error at this time creates real challenges, as the Hawai’i DOH only releases information about confirmed infections once per week — Wednesday. Inaccurate information leads to bad policy decisions.
Thankfully, Hawai’i New Now (HNN) reported the correct and accurate information: “The state Department of Health on Wednesday reported 8,124 new coronavirus cases and six additional deaths in the past seven days. That compares to 8,924 coronavirus infections and five additional deaths last week.”
I’ve been tracking COVID-19 infections since early 2020. ClearHealthLife was the first public health group in the nation to call for face masks on March 19, 2020. Tens of thousands of Americans died as our national “experts” refused to call for face masks.
This incompetent group included Surgeon General Jerome Adams; CDC director Robert Redfield; and Director of NIAID, HIH, Anthony Fauci. We don’t hear much from any of these men today.
COVID-19 Confirmed Daily Average Infections
For the week of May 25, 2022, and data released on June 1, 2022, we see a DROP in average daily confirmed COVID-19 infections — rather than a rise. This latest information suggests we may have peaked the week of May 19th and are now heading downward.
If the trend continues, this development could be a welcome relief for locals and visitors. Hawai’i expects to see millions of tourists arrive over the summer months. In addition, the state hopes to welcome more travelers from Japan, as they are major contributors to our local economy.
Accurate information is critical to vacationing families and public health policy planners. Highly disappointed in Star Advertiser for failing to fact check their lead story this morning. This error represents poor reporting as well as incompetent oversight by editors.
The people of Hawai’i deserve better from our leading print media publication.
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