One of Denmark’s biggest newspapers has apologised for “hypnotically” reporting the government narrative on Covid.
The piece, entitled “We Failed,” was published in one of Denmark’s biggest tabloids, Ekstra Bladet, which has been in circulation for 117 years.
One of the largest newspapers in Denmark is apologizing for its journalistic failure during COVID-19 by only publishing official government messages without questioning them. Via @Niemandsknecht https://t.co/0DfZAOXduT
— Jan Nieuwenhuijs (@JanGold_) January 11, 2022
“For almost two years, we – the press and the population – have been almost hypnotically preoccupied with the authorities’ daily coronavirus tally,” the piece read.
The outlet went on to say that the population had been “worn out” by constant fear of the “corona monster under our beds.”
“That is why we – the press – must also take stock of our own efforts. And we have failed.
“We have not been vigilant enough at the garden gate when the authorities were required to answer what it actually meant that people are hospitalized with corona and not because of corona. Because it makes a difference. A big difference.”
The outlet went on to claim that something had been seriously lacking in the country’s Covid response, saying:
“The vaccines are consistently referred to as our ‘superweapon’. And our hospitals are called ‘superhospitals’. Nevertheless, these super-hospitals are apparently maximally pressured, even though almost the entire population is armed with a super-weapon. Even children have been vaccinated on a huge scale, which has not been done in our neighboring countries.
In other words, there is something here that does not deserve the term ‘super’. Whether it’s the vaccines, the hospitals, or a mixture of it all, is every man’s bid. But at least the authorities’ communication to the population in no way deserves the term ‘super’. On the contrary.”
The move came just days after the Danish government admitted that 23% of hospital patients with Covid were admitted for other reasons.
Around 23 percent of patients with Covid-19 in Danish hospitals in December 2021 were admitted because of a diagnosis other than the virus, health authorities said on Thursday. https://t.co/mbM57YWJjD
— The Local Denmark (@TheLocalDenmark) January 6, 2022