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How to Fight Coronavirus Misinformation - Yes! Magazine

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From White supremacist coronavirus hoaxers to derailed White House press briefings, a free press rooted in fact has never been more essential to combating the growing COVID-19 infodemic.

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The confusion and distrust sewn by that disinformation has led to people ignoring stay-at-home orders and to the death of an Arizona man who ingested chloroquine phosphate because he saw the president recommend the drug on TV.

People deserve better than profit-driven responses to crises. We need to overhaul our media system and invest in trustworthy journalism. If this tragedy proves anything, it’s that the corporate media’s addiction to controversy and hate-for-profit will lead us to ruin and death again and again.

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Joan Brunwasser is a co-founder of Citizens for Election Reform (CER) which since 2005 existed for the sole purpose of raising the public awareness of the critical need for election reform. Our goal: to restore fair, accurate, transparent, secure elections where votes are cast in private and counted in public. Because the problems with electronic (computerized) voting systems include a lack of (more...)

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