Swine flu: Hype or Hysteria-worthy?

Like many of you, I’m sure, I’ve been following the breaking news on swine flu with interest over the last few days. So what do you think? Is it more media hype than worthy of hysteria?

Is it just me, or does it seem that the news media  has changed since we were kids? They used to report facts, mostly. When a reporter’s opinion figured into the piece, it was generally labelled as an editorial, not as news. These days, when I read an article online or watch TV at 10 o’clock, it itsn’t so easy to sort out the facts f rom the editorial. The so-called “news” seems all about stirring the pot, flash and pizzazz, pushing agendas, and ratings.  Yup, putting the country in a panic about an upcoming flu pandemic is likely to up the ratings, all right. 

I miss the good old days.

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3 Responses to “Swine flu: Hype or Hysteria-worthy?”


  1. 2 anon April 26, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Total Hype. We have other illnesses and diseases that spread and kill faster than the “Swine Flu”
    What ever happened to the “Bird Flu?” They had seniors and others in a panic which is very irresponsible in my opinion.

  2. 3 vickietaylor April 26, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Matt and Anonymous,
    Thanks for the replies. I guess we’ll find out for sure in the coming weeks.


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