Media-Driven Fear Warped Our COVID Response

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters during a news conference at the White House, September 4, 2020. (Leah Millis/Reuters)
Reporters ignored good news, mangled the facts, and stoked panic — and some people (but probably not reporters) will pay for it with their lives and livelihoods.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE ‘S o, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself, nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror,” said President Franklin Roosevelt in his inaugural address in 1933, at the bottom of the Great Depression

There’s been an unrelenting torrent of bad news about the coronavirus. It’s a pandemic, so you’d expect downbeat coverage.

But a new National Bureau of Economic Research paper says the media here in the U.S. went too far and created a climate of fear and even panic. In a paper entitled “Why Is All COVID-19 News Bad News?” scholars from

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