The Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland has dished out over £450K on Covid fear-mongering at a time when 25% of children in NI live in poverty. Thanks to a Freedom of Information request I can reveal where most of that spending ends up.
Facebook sponsored FullFact.org supported the BBC’s estimate that 10K people attended London’s 24th of April pro-freedom rally. When I challenged FullFact on this they accepted it was likely in teh region of 30K people in attendance.
The NI Executive has spent huge sums of money on advertising Covid to ensure people remain aware it’s still a threat, in case they had forgotten. We submitted a FOI request asking for a breakdown of their advertising costs.
The BBC’s Marie-Louise Connolly called for “young ones” in the 0-19 age group to be vaccinated. When challenged the BBC responded by saying that by “young ones” she meant those under 59. When challenged again the BBC concluded she meant teenagers only. In this example, we show how far the BBC will go to cover up for its won journalist’s disasters.
Following on from our investigation into the misinformation being spread by Deepti Gurdasani, we now publish the Right of Reply offer she declined.
Chris Pagel of Zero Covid grouping, Independent Sage, presented a poorly worded tweet displaying an inability to understand rolling rate data and how that is reflected in slides. I challenged her on this and I detail that exchange here.
Henry Bodkin, a correspondent for the Telegraph claimed that “12 to 15-year-olds one of the age groups most responsible for spreading the virus.” After refusing to provide evidence for his claim we appealed to the Telegraph complaints department and forced them into retracting the statement.
Deepti Gurdasani is a lecturer in Machine Learning at Queen Mary University in London. During the Covid-19 pandemic, she became a loud voice advocating on behalf of the extremist ideology for Zero Covid with a special focus on how kids are, in her view, ‘huge spreaders’ of the virus and therefore needed every aspect of their lives curtailed. In this report, we investigate some of Gurdasani’s claims and find purposeful disinformation emanating from her around schools and their alleged impact on community transmission rates.
Dan Hodges is renowned for his divisiveness and hypocrisy on COVID-19 responses. Whilst being humiliated seems to be an acceptable payoff for getting attention for Dan, his public breakdowns and denialism do little to inspire confidence in a struggling corporate media industry and in the people who may look to journalists for guidance.
Henry Bodkin wrote in the Telegraph that 12-15 year olds were significant spreaders of COVID-19. When I asked him to prove his claim, he was unable to do so.