The top dailies are too upbeat about the coming flu pandemic.

Media criticism.
Sept. 11 2009 8:02 PM

Burying the Swine Flu Lede

The top dailies are too upbeat about the coming pandemic.

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Addendum, Sept. 12: The New York Times reports today that the swine flu vaccine won't arrive in time to "blunt the peak of this season's epidemic" in a story titled "Vaccine Supply May Miss Swine Flu Peak." It also steers away from—without acknowledging—its previous assertion about the flu's "expected midwinter peak" by quoting a Harvard epidemiologist who says, "It would be bizarre for it to peak in January or February, the way seasonal flu does."

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