The APA reported that one hospital had bodies “lying in the aisle due to overcrowding”. Independent journalists had been trying to verify the claim for days until they concluded it was probably a “duck”. The APA, which is owned by the ORF, refuses to provide any further information. In another case, the system press reported that a family allegedly died of taking ivermectin. Here, the APA was ultimately involved in the investigation, it was a lie.
A comment by Willi Huber
“Mistakes” of this kind are not allowed to happen in serious journalism. You feel like the case of the German Systemautors Claas Relotius remembers who freely invented his reports and reports – and was showered with prizes for it. The turquoise-green system is currently thirsting for stories that underline its narrative of the necessary totalitarian reign of terror because humanity would be so terribly endangered by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Corpses in the corridor could also be fictitious
The ÖVP-related online medium Exxpress has been trying for days to get specific information from the APA about the “robber story” that corona-related corpses would pile up in the corridor of an Upper Austrian hospital. It turned out: the State crisis team knows nothing about the case. The APA refuses to give the place and time. The original report relied on alleged statements by a nurse named “Monika” – but this was already a fake name declared as such.
If the APA editorial team has nothing to hide, the location and the hospital could of course be named immediately – the nurse with the wrong name would definitely not be exposed as an informant.
With this stance, the APA definitely cannot dispel the suspicion that this “corpse” report may not have been entirely true. A counter-research is in any case impossible without naming the location and the hospital.
The ivermectin death of an Upper Austrian family
The Nobel Prize-winning drug “Ivermectin” goes against the grain of all those who only have the billions in profits from Pfizer / Biontech in mind and for whatever reasons want to defend it. Various media spread the story of an Upper Austrian family, especially in lurid headlines, who would have died after taking ivermectin. In fact, the media could also have written that these people died after drinking water, the statement would have a similar veracity.
The headline in “Today” was a prime example of tendentious journalism: Corona denier dead after taking Kickl’s wormer. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, because the editor Eva Dichand is Young Global Leader in Klaus Schwab’s WEF and apparently very keen to fuel the desired corona narrative from the perspective of the boulevard.
Incidentally, the trigger for the rumors was a separation of opinions from ex-politician Josef Ackerl, who was decried as a left wing during his active days. No wonder that the media from the “left” bubble are particularly curious and usually accept such statements uncritically. The standard published a correction of the facts:
Rumor about poisoned family wrong
On Wednesday evening the rumor circulated on Twitter that an entire family from the Rohrbach district in Upper Austria had to be treated for an overdose of the drug: The father had already died, the mother and two children were in the intensive care unit with multiple organ failure. “We can not confirm this tweet, this is probably fake news,” says the spokeswoman for the Upper Austrian health holding. In response to a STANDARD request, the clinics in Linz and Rohrbach also deny that these patients were in the intensive care unit. And district chief Wilbirg Mitterlehner also denied.
Instead of informing yourself about ivermectin and its effects and taking into account numerous studies that show an effectiveness, hatred is spread and hounded wherever possible. Two examples where research is worthwhile:
“Serious system journalism” with a very creative approach to the truth
Incidentally, the APA presumes to judge right and wrong in the reporting of the journalistic competition via “fact checks”. Now it is time for every Austrian, forced to finance the ORF through GIS contributions, to judge the achievements of the APA. They won’t be the only stories that have put a lot of creativity into dealing with the truth. The two examples, by means of which one could provide clear evidence, should in any case motivate the colleagues to be more serious in their work.