Swinish flu reporting
When he’s not blogging and catching buses, blogger Poneke has a day job as one of the country’s few remaining responsible journalists. He writes this morning about the Swine Flu epidemic erupting in the MSM:
PANIC IN THE SKIES!! WE’RE ALL DOOMED!! PIGS FLY!!
The swine flu scare is déjà vu all over again. The media internationally and in New Zealand is beating this up the same way it did the Y2K bug, SARS and Bird Flu. . .
Swine flu is actually one of the mildest strains of flu and has spread fairly innocuously around the world a couple of times in my own lifetime. . .
New flu strains go round the world every year. Thousands of New Zealanders catch the virus annually without it becoming front page news. Some of them even die of it, especially the frail elderly.
Folks, there is nothing to see here but a media and political beat-up. Time to move on.