The DisInformation Chronicle

The DisInformation Chronicle is an investigative journalism platform focusing on scientific disinformation, with an emphasis on health and pandemic-related topics. It scrutinizes government policies, media reporting, and pharmaceutical industry practices, questioning the validity of public health guidelines and the influence of conflicts of interest.

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670 implied HN points 22 Feb 24
  1. Misinformation researcher Sander van der Linden was caught lying and spreading misinformation, tarnishing his credibility.
  2. The incident sheds light on the concern that 'misinformation research' might be used for political purposes to silence dissent on controversial topics.
  3. Van der Linden's behavior on social media and Wikipedia highlights potential manipulation to create a false image of credibility and promote personal research.
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405 implied HN points 01 Mar 24
  1. The COVID pandemic exposed flaws in science writing, with inaccurate reporting on various issues like vaccines, masks, and the origin of the virus.
  2. It is crucial to distinguish between science writing and journalism, as science writers often rely on experts' opinions without conducting investigative reporting.
  3. The case of Jon Cohen, labeled 'Crooked Cohen,' showcases a prime example of misleading pandemic science writing, emphasizing the importance of accurate and unbiased reporting.
815 implied HN points 31 Jan 24
  1. COVID Inquiry in the UK highlights failures of lockdown policies and issues with government advisors
  2. Top government advisors criticized media for promoting harmful COVID misinformation
  3. Journalists pointed out contradictions in the statements of government advisors during the inquiry
255 implied HN points 07 Mar 24
  1. The Justice Department is scrutinizing public universities' releases of information about sensitive science programs, such as disinformation research and bioweapons studies.
  2. Congress and the public are increasingly concerned about the government's involvement in 'disinformation research' and funding dangerous virus studies that may have led to the pandemic.
  3. Federal authorities are closely monitoring academic data related to potentially controversial scientific endeavors, raising questions about transparency and accountability.
390 implied HN points 20 Feb 24
  1. Florida Grand Jury discovered that average citizens are skeptical of the 'follow the science' messaging regarding masks and social distancing.
  2. The CDC's data on masks from their journal MMWR was criticized for lacking quality science.
  3. Federal officials have hesitated to conduct a Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) on masks, possibly due to concerns that the results might not support the effectiveness of masks in preventing the spread of respiratory viruses.
375 implied HN points 15 Feb 24
  1. A German newspaper forced Science Magazine to correct a study about the pandemic origin, while American science writers ignored new research questioning the study's validity.
  2. The Science Magazine study, claiming the pandemic began in a wet market, was criticized for its statistical methodology by experts from Germany and Hong Kong, raising doubts about its conclusions.
  3. Independent experts confirmed the criticism of the study, highlighting flaws in the statistical analysis and describing Science Magazine's handling of the methodology as careless and unprofessional.
710 implied HN points 17 Jan 24
  1. Fauci admitted the 6-feet social distancing guideline lacked scientific evidence.
  2. Gonsalves, an activist turned academic, has a history of diagnosing all medical crises as AIDS-related.
  3. Gonsalves made unsupported medical claims in a legal declaration, citing a news article as evidence.
630 implied HN points 19 Jan 24
  1. A Chinese researcher who mapped the COVID virus was on Fauci's payroll before China released the sequence.
  2. Questions arise about NIH funding in China and the timeline of understanding COVID.
  3. The Chinese researcher's initial virus sequence wasn't published but was similar to later ones.
205 implied HN points 28 Feb 24
  1. Publisher Taylor & Francis has been criticized for unethical behavior in scientific publishing, such as ignoring concerns about a commentary related to the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic
  2. Instances of questionable scientific behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be uncovered, raising concerns about the integrity of research findings
  3. Criticism has been directed towards Science Magazine for publishing a study with flawed statistics regarding the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic
270 implied HN points 12 Feb 24
  1. A group of virologists, including Anthony Fauci, may have intentionally diverted attention away from a possible lab accident in Wuhan at the start of the pandemic.
  2. An analysis published in a British science journal has found that the Science Magazine study advocating for the market origin of COVID is based on flawed statistics, contradicting the claims made in the study.
  3. While American media has largely ignored the analysis questioning Science Magazine's study, German journalists, like those from the weekly science magazine Spektrum, have reported on it.
35 implied HN points 19 Mar 24
  1. Science Magazine published a defamatory article attacking critics but later had to retract false information, exposing a consistent theme of inaccuracy in science reporting.
  2. The journalists at Science Magazine showed bias and ignored evidence that contradicted their reporting, leading to criticism for unethical practices.
  3. Researchers pointed out flawed research and misleading behavior from virologists, highlighting the importance of ethical journalism and integrity in science reporting.
715 implied HN points 02 Jun 23
  1. NIH scientist testified on the importance of natural immunity after COVID infection
  2. Many countries outside the US acknowledged natural immunity but America hasn't
  3. Public trust in science has declined due to reasons like censorship and conflicts of interest
760 implied HN points 21 May 23
  1. Social media companies censor 'true content' on vaccines in line with government and pharma interests
  2. Big Pharma spends millions on social media ads while platforms regulate vaccine 'misinformation'
  3. There's a conflict in regulating pharma 'misinformation' on social media while Pharma is a major advertising client
670 implied HN points 09 May 23
  1. Congress is correcting CDC Director Walensky's false claim about masks to ensure public trust in health officials.
  2. There is pushback against misleading claims on masks' effectiveness, with concerns about conflicts of interest and Cochrane's troubles.
  3. Cochrane board member Catherine Marshall failed to disclose consulting gigs with the New Zealand government on COVID policy, raising questions about her advice and potential conflicts.
665 implied HN points 07 Mar 23
  1. Pandemic reporting should prioritize seeking facts over favoring biopharma public relations.
  2. Journalists should uphold journalistic ethics and verify claims before publishing articles.
  3. Advocacy journalism threatens democracy by undermining informed decision-making and should be countered with fact-based reporting.
520 implied HN points 18 May 23
  1. Twitter provided privileged access to Taylor Lorenz for banning accounts and monitoring online conversations about her.
  2. Taylor Lorenz had a pattern of reporting accounts and individuals she disagreed with, resulting in suspensions.
  3. Lorenz faced allegations of doxing and influencing social media platforms to take action against her critics.
585 implied HN points 04 Apr 23
  1. The New York Times confronted Anthony Fauci with his own contradictory statements on the origin of the pandemic.
  2. Fauci dismissed the lab leak theory as a conspiracy theory in the past but later was found to have been involved in downplaying it.
  3. This is not the first time Fauci has been caught misremembering details, but it is the first time the New York Times publicly confronted him on it.
640 implied HN points 28 Feb 23
  1. Government scientists were conducting research to make bugs more deadly and contagious, potentially contributing to the increase in Lyme disease cases.
  2. There is evidence suggesting that Lyme disease may have an unnatural origin related to bioweapons research programs.
  3. There are challenges in addressing chronic Lyme disease, with issues surrounding testing, treatment, and the development of effective vaccines.
525 implied HN points 27 Apr 23
  1. The media can be influenced by money and elites to shape narratives and protect those in power.
  2. Journalistic failures and biases have been exposed in coverage of figures like Trump and Tucker Carlson.
  3. Twitter was involved in attempting to control vaccine information and limit damage to the World Health Organization by discussing how to mitigate the impact of Tucker Carlson's reporting without direct censorship.
535 implied HN points 14 Mar 23
  1. Researchers and the National Institutes of Health gamed the science - follow the documents, follow the money.
  2. Congress should demand that the NIH release documents hidden from reporters and investigate criminal misuse by virologists at USAID.
  3. Congress also needs to demand documents and financial records from university virologists funded by the NIH to get to the bottom of the pandemic's origins.