Confidence among American voters that the national media and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention provide accurate or reliable information fell from March’s figures, according to a CBS poll on Sunday, Sept. 6, the Daily Caller reported.
Only 54% of respondents trusted the CDC’s information about the virus, down by 30% from March when it was 86%. The same declining trend was maintained for people’s confidence in the national media to provide reliable information about the CCP Virus with only 35% of total respondents saying they believe the media provides genuine coverage.
The survey was conducted between Sept. 2 and Sept. 4 and the sample was 2,493 people across the country.
According to a previous survey conducted by Axios in July, 31% of Americans believe that the number of reported deaths is higher than the actual number. Interestingly, 58% of those who believe this are Republicans, and only 9% are Democrats.
The credibility of the media and the CDC
A Tennessee man received a letter from the Shelby County Health Department on Sept. 4, notifying him that his mother had tested positive for the CCP Virus, according to a Breitbart article.
However, the son, Troy Whittington, confirmed in an interview that his mother had died six months ago.
“It’s been six months, almost seven, since she passed away,” Whittington said. “There was no testing that was done at that time. On her death certificate it was stated she died, what the cause of death was, and it was not COVID-19. It was COPD [Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease].”
When Whittington contacted the health department, he was told that his mother was tested for the virus on June 20. Troy explained, “It’s impossible for someone to be tested on June 20, who passed away on February 16th.”
By doing a quick Google search, CNN, MSNBC, The Washington Post,The New York Times, nor Fox News covered the story of Troy Whittington.
However, these mainstream media did criticize President Trump for his crowded political events or even for giving the speech at the Republican National Convention with live audience claiming that these are “super-spreader” events for the virus, while praising the exponentially more massive “anti-racism” protests.
According to a recent CDC report, only 6% of deaths from the CCP Virus in the United States had no other pre-existing condition, and nearly 80% of the virus’s fatalities were above the age of 60, which could mean that the virus is much less deadly than initially estimated in healthy people under 60.
However, preventive measures designed by the CDC to combat the pandemic, such as social distancing; mandatory quarantine, which includes no school for children or social activities; and mask-wearing, remain in place mostly despite these revealing facts.