Network hosts lament that people ignore mainstream messages on Covid-19 and ‘live their lives’
CNN has become introspective, apparently discovering that most Americans have ignored its coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic, reflecting a disconnect between mainstream media and the general public.
Host Brian Stelter addressed the subject on Monday, asking if the media is “out of touch with the public about Covid”. Oliver Darcy, CNN’s senior media reporter, responded that from what he’s seen on his travels, much of the press is “very disconnected” with the population.
“If you travel the country, people don’t really live in the same bubble that it seems most of the media is sending messages to,” said Darcy. “And so, I think that’s a problem because if people ignore what’s going on in the cable news, if we don’t send a message to the general population, they just ignore it and live their lives, and we’re not really getting the information they need.
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Stelter appeared to blame the removal on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which changed some of its Covid-19 mitigation guidelines, such as shortening the quarantine period. recommended for people who test positive for the virus.
“There is a huge credibility crisis for the CDC”, said the host. “And Oliver, in your opinion, if it’s just causing people, if they hear all these mixed messages and all this confusion and it’s too complicated, they just move on and ignore it.”
But Darcy brought the conversation back to the media message. “When we send messages to a very small group of people, maybe who take the pandemic a lot more seriously than the average person, I think we are not doing our job as effectively as we should be.”
He gave the example of the terrible warnings about large gatherings as the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years holidays approach, noting that people are not keeping a close watch and following this advice. “Maybe we need to offer realistic solutions and advice to the general public when we talk about Covid” said Darcy.
Stelter agreed, saying: “Meet viewers where they are, meet readers where they are, and people are now in a wide variety of places when it comes to assessing risk. “
CNN and other mainstream media reaped a boon of audiences early in the pandemic. A hidden camera report from Project Veritas showed CNN chief technical officer Charlie Chester saying the network raised fears of the virus to keep viewers glued to their TVs.