Friday, May 1, 2009

Blaming Media Hype for Swine Flu Fears

In a post on a New York Times blog, Robert Mackey discusses ways that media hype has contributed to swine flu fears. He cites sensationalist headlines and the need to fill airtime on 24-hour news stations as two examples of causes.

In addition to our mention of the media and swine flu, it's an interesting look at the media's role in potentially crisis situations and how to not overstate a threat while at the same time informing the public.

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