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May 26, 2005

UK Media in Frenzy Over Marine's Death by MRSA-PVL Infection

Topics: Follies of the Mainstream Media

Why is it that the media, be it American, British, or .... , just can't pass up doing anything and everything to sensationalize and over-hype non-stories?

Still pumped from MRSA-infection debates during the recent election cycle, it took little time for the UK media to hype the news that a Royal Marine died from a rare MRSA strain last year during commando training.

And in so doing, to apply the usual MSM formula for catastrophe coverage:

1. Impart and/or Stoke Fear
"Marine death sparks fears of incurable new superbug," screamed the online news.telegraph. The "lede" didn't let up:

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Source also linked at Outside the Beltway and Mudville Gazette

Hat tip - Zap*Germs

Posted by Hyscience at May 26, 2005 6:24 PM

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