42,000 articles about Corona and above all about political measures were evaluated. The majority of these were remarkably uncritical. The Swiss judicial authorities have now appointed a special investigator. He should check whether the medium “Blick” was systematically supplied with insider information from the Ministry of Health during the Corona period – and in return held back criticism.
The accusation is not new and is raised again and again in our country. Did the media consciously refrain from critical reporting during the pandemic – and did politicians offer something in return? Our western neighbors are the first to take a closer look and get to the bottom of this question. First and foremost is a student from Zurich. For her master’s thesis, Clara Goebel evaluated the reports from 48 newspapers and online platforms in cooperation with the “NZZ”.
Her work focuses on the question of how individual media houses reported on politics during the pandemic. Each item was checked for positive, neutral and negative ratings using computer analysis, writes the “NZZ”. Goebel’s exciting conclusion: only 6.8 percent of the media reports examined were negative – a value that remained almost stable even in the second corona wave. Particularly few critical reports came from “SRG” and “Ringier” – i.e. those media houses that were already criticized during the pandemic for perceived closeness to the state.
The Swiss state radio “SRF” has always rejected the allegations of exaggerated closeness to the state. Of course, like the editors of “Blick”. One always made one’s own research work responsible for the information advantage. There would never have been any leaks from ministries.