Just as the UK’s “envy of the world”, National Health Service became the National Covid Service in 2020, failing to keep millions of potentially life-saving appointments, the Australian media-political class has become a single issue organisation.
If a better example can be found than this, I’d love to see it; yesterday, a 15 year old boy tragically died in hospital.
What did he die of?
What was the narrative in the media and politics?
A little later in the morning, the sub headline was added which at least mentions the mild and irrelevant condition the poor kid also had whilst he was suffering with Kung Flu.
They can’t help themselves though. In the body of the report, this quote stands out:
“It is unclear exactly when Osama contracted Covid-19.”
The article has been re-written from earlier today, making it clearer the cause of death wasn’t Covid but the initial impact of the headline and article was that a 15 year old died of/with Covid.
Nowhere in the earlier or later version of the report was a statement or even speculation of the cause of his meningitis. Mere details, one supposes, compared to a seasonal respiratory virus he otherwise would have had a 0.002% chance of dying from.
What, then, should parents of teenage kids in Sydney be more concerned about; Covid or meningitis?
The media and our politicians are not fit for purpose. They probably haven’t been for decades but this is really the moment we need to realise it.