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路透社的报道是如何不加掩饰COVID-19新闻又一经典案例

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路透社:意大利科学家阿尔韦托·桑格里洛

四天前,路透社罗马报道,“新型冠状病毒输球效力,意大利顶级医生说“。

这COVID-19“已成为致命的要少得多”,并且“病毒在临床上不再存在意大利”的说法引起了全球科学界一片哗然。

But it was Reuters that gave the scientist an international megaphone.

Journalist Roxanne Khamsi was one of the first I saw to react to the Reuters story on Twitter:

Indeed, it was a train wreck Reuters story. A rushed 348-word brief, the first two-thirds of which were nothing but stenography of the scientist’s opinion, with no clear evidence to back it up.

We often hear that science is self-correcting. In this case, journalism employed some self-correcting steps on social media and in this story from the Washington Post, “Experts dispute reports that coronavirus is becoming less lethal“。The Post story calmly explained:

其他专家的共识采访星期一的是,在意大利的临床表现可能不反映在病毒本身的任何变化。

(意大利科学家的)临床观察结果更可能的事实:与疫情高峰早已过去,有流通的病毒少的反映,人们不太可能暴露于高剂量的吧。此外,只有严重生病的人很可能会在早期测试,以现在的情况时,即使是那些有轻度症状更可能得到擦拭相比,专家说。

And a“What You Need To Know” piece in Forbesstated:

“As most horror movies have probably taught you, don’t make any assumptions that a threat has subsided until you are really, positively, absolutely sure that it has.”

路透社本身一天之后又发表了故事,解释:

World Health Organization experts and a range of other scientists said on Monday there was no evidence to support an assertion by a high-profile Italian doctor that the coronavirus causing the COVID-19 pandemic has been losing potency. …

“由意大利医生的建议是潜在的危险,因为它提供了基于没有证据虚假的安慰,”利纳·文,紧急医师和公共卫生学教授乔治·华盛顿大学说。“有是有已经处于冠状病毒的变化没有科学证据。这是一个高度可传输和高度接触性传染病。我们需要为防范如初。”

为什么不发布耸人听闻的故事星期天之前,WHO和一系列其他科学家提出的呼吁?什么世界证明冲一个348字的故事发表在周日没有做额外的研究和报告?仅仅因为一个科学家说吗?COVID-19的新闻是,转予dreck的那个水平是危险的。

路透必须要看它的编辑决策。消息传出像病毒一样 - 全球 - 报道据路透社报道,这个故事的方式时,并导致伤害。

At the very end of the Reuters story is a link to我们的标准:汤森路透信托原则. One of them is this:

That no effort shall be spared to expand, develop, and adapt the news and other services and products of Thomson Reuters so as to maintain its leading position in the international news and information business.

It’s pretty clear that effort was spared in this example.

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