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The international media chain is a one-way pipe


News from the US health authorities are often given  directly to selected journalists in a number of leading newspapers, such as the New York Times and Washington Post, who then publish the news and at the same time forward it to Reuters and AP, after which Reuters and AP forward the news to the rest of international media through their local agencies. In Sweden, it will be Tidningarnas Telegrambyrå (TT).

Since media in Sweden for economic reasons has reduced the number of journalists, an increasing part of the material in media is notices and articles from Reuters that are translated without comments by TT and then, usually without comments from editors, are inserted in the newspaper.

Here is an example of how a news can be conveyed:

New studies show that fully vaccinated people who become infected carry as much virus as unvaccinated people do, suggesting they may be able to transmit the infection to others, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky told reporters on a telephone briefing.

This is how the New York Times sums up the message( July 22, 2021) from the CDC (the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention): "Vaccines are effective in preventing serious illness and death, but they are not a golden shield against the coronavirus."

Soon, most Swedes will also know that the vaccine does not protect against the virus. But no one will have the opportunity to ask follow-up questions.