23 July 2009

Media debilitated by swine flu news pandemic

I just tried (but failed) to catch up with the news by listening to The World Tonight on BBC Radio 4 at 10.00 p.m..

Twenty minutes into the broadcast and they were still banging on about the latest flu statistics, when a vaccine would be ready, government help lines, websites, etc., etc.

All of which could have been collapsed into a three-part list that would have taken less than 10 seconds to read out:

"There's more of it about, it's not very serious and a vaccine's on its way."

(See also What's the difference between a 'flu pandemic' and a 'flu epidemic'?)

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