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Entry from May 04, 2020
“Media is the real virus”

The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic was widely reported in the media, but many people did not trust the media. “The media is the virus” is a saying that has been printed on many images

“Loves Doctor Radio for telling it like it is re: Swine Flu. ‘Net Net: Y’all have lost your motherhumpin’ minds. The media IS the virus’” was posted on Twitter by Smurf on May 1, 2009. “These dumps are always fear based to get people to react . The Media is the virus spreading faster that any thing else” was posted on Twitter by Jeffrey Douglas on January 31, 2020. “Media is the virus !” was posted on Twitter by Jim on February 25, 2020.

“media is the real Virus… they got all of us hacked.  SMH” was posted on Twitter by Micael on April 10, 2017. “Media is the real virus” was posted on Twitter by Kosmo Nautik on February 10, 2020.

“The corrupted main media is the virus which has infected our land and the conduit to socialism” was posted on Twitter by Mauricio Rivera on August 8, 2017. “The Mainstream media is the virus causing this misery, and everyone before” was posted on Twitter by Joe Vento on November 12, 2017.  “Main stream media is the virus that kills and you won’t know you’re dead..... I see dead people” was posted on Twitter by Opioid Cunningham on February 1, 2020.

“The MSM is the virus in our society” was posted on Twitter by Mason on February 12, 2012. “I agree with this but it’s largely a cunning, corrupt media that has duped our electorate.  the MSM is the virus” was posted on Twitter by “Chinese Communists did this” on January 18, 2013. “MSM is the virus, Claudia” was posted on Twitter by Ronster on February 29, 2020. “MSM is the virus” was posted on Twitter by Christine Yeshua later on February 29, 2020. 

“Social media is the virus derailing society” was posted on Twitter by Don Juan on November 12, 2017. “social media is the virus” was posted on Twitter by Ryder on February 13, 2018. “Today’s use of social media is the real virus” was posted on Twitter by 『Jiayou』on January 30, 2020.

“FAKE NEWS MEDIA is the virus!!!” was posted on Twitter by Lei on March 5, 2020 (and on many other dates). “The fake-news media is the virus!” was posted on Twitter by Deplorable Potey17 on March 19, 2020.

“The lib media is the virus we need to worry about” was posted on Twitter by EMB2032 on March 20, 2020. “The liberal media is the virus” was posted on Twitter by Sarah Tahseen later on March 20, 2020. “Liberal media IS the virus..” was posted on Twitter by Cujowilson on March 21, 2020. 


Wikipedia: 2019-20 coronavirus outbreak
The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic is an ongoing global pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei, China, in December 2019, and was recognised as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 11 March 2020.

Google Books
Media Virus!: Hidden Agendas in Popular Culture
Front Cover
Douglas Rushkoff
Ballantine Books, 1994 - Social Science - 338 pages
Finally, there is a way to understand the bizarre relationship we Americans have with our information technology: the media is alive. Welcome to the “datasphere”, also known as the late twentieth century. Here, good news, bad news, any news, travels in the blink of an eye. And not just news, but information: ideas, images, and icons; fads, fashions, and fantasies; truths, lies, and propaganda. While cable television, fiber-optic telecommunications, satellite dishes, computer modems, camcorders, fax machines, and videocassettes form the crisscrossed arteries of a vast “information superhighway”, we must ask ourselves: What sort of messages are these brave new medias carrying into our culture? Bold, daring, and provocative, Media Virus! examines the intricate ways in which popular media both manipulates and is manipulated by those who know how to tap into its power. And it considers - with something between amusement and mild alarm - the ever-widening ripple effect of the successful “media virus”. As culture critic for our wild times, Douglas Rushkoff shows that where there’s a wavelength, there’s a way to “infect” those on it - from the subtly, but intentionally, subversive signals broadcast by shows like “The Simpsons”, to the odd serendipity of a classic New York-style sex ‘n’ family values scandal (a la Woody and Mia) exploited by the Republicans during their convention. What does it all mean? Unless you’ve been living in a cave that isn’t cable-ready, you’re already infected with the media virus. But don’t worry, it won’t make you sick. It will make you think....

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Smurf
@smurfcore
Loves Doctor Radio for telling it like it is re: Swine Flu. “Net Net: Y’all have lost your motherhumpin’ minds. The media IS the virus.”
4:34 PM · May 1, 2009·Twitter SMS

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Sarah AlBayat
@SB_47
The media is the virus.
1:39 PM · Feb 18, 2011·Twitter for BlackBerry®

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Mason
@keeping_itreal
Replying to @JohnKingCNN
@JohnKingCNN CNNcrimes We see the BS you attempt to feed us. The MSM is the virus in our society.  http://yfrog.com/g0t6kcvj
http://yfrog.com/h33zzyfj
2:29 AM · Feb 12, 2012·Twitter for iPhone

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Chinese Communists did this
@Shanemober
@AprilThorn2 I agree with this but it’s largely a cunning, corrupt media that has duped our electorate.  the MSM is the virus.
9:03 PM · Jun 18, 2013·Twitter for iPhone

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Michael
@beppekicks
media is the real Virus… they got all of us hacked.  SMH
8:32 PM · Apr 10, 2017·Twitter for iPhone

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Mauricio Rivera
@MyRivera319
The corrupted main media is the virus which has infected our land and the conduit to socialism.
2:21 PM · Aug 8, 2017·Twitter for Android

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Don Juan
@44Forest
Replying to @SadHomonym and @benshapiro
Social media is the virus derailing society.  We’re in a world playing the game of “gotcha”
10:19 AM · Nov 12, 2017·Twitter for Android

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Joe Vento 🇺🇲
@Vento921
Replying to @hotfunkytown @StefanMolyneux and 3 others
The Mainstream media is the virus causing this misery, and everyone before.
10:35 PM · Nov 12, 2017·Twitter for Android

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Ryder
@ryder_malone
social media is the virus
10:31 PM · Feb 13, 2018·Twitter for iPhone

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『Jiayou』
@JaiGuzonVEVO
Today’s use of social media is the real virus.
9:13 PM · Jan 30, 2020·Twitter Web App

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Jeffrey Douglas
@Geoffchis
Replying to @PeterSchiff and @porc43267919
These dumps are always fear based to get people to react . The Media is the virus spreading faster that any thing else.
8:17 PM · Jan 31, 2020·Twitter Web App

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Opioid Cunningham
@anthracitedub
Main stream media is the virus that kills and you won’t know you’re dead..... I see dead people.
9:59 AM · Feb 1, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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Kosmo Nautik
@KNautik
Think !! All those who are freaking out and becoming racist over #coronavirus, during the same past 3months 300k+ died in car accidents and 130k of #malaria. Media is the real virus.
10:32 PM · Feb 10, 2020·Twitter for Android

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Erick Sosa
@Toyzkulptor
The media is the real virus
GIF
9:30 AM · Feb 16, 2020 from Los Angeles, CA·Twitter for iPhone

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Jim
@Jim38496030
Replying to @DineshDSouza and @BernieSanders
Media is the virus !
9:29 PM · Feb 25, 2020·Twitter for Android

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nikayparedes
@nikayparedes
Social media is the virus and we’re all wearing masks!
8:31 PM · Feb 27, 2020 from Queens, NY·Twitter for iPhone

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Ronster
@777America777
Replying to @claudiajordan
MSM is the virus, Claudia.
2:23 PM · Feb 29, 2020·Twitter Web App

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Christine Yeshua
@ChristineYeshua
MSM is the virus
2:29 PM · Feb 29, 2020·Twitter Web App

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vincevvr
@vincevr2
THE MEDIA IS THE VIRUS.
3:56 AM · Mar 3, 2020·Twitter Web App

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Lei
@Lei60154290
Replying to @NPR
FAKE NEWS MEDIA is the virus!!!
11:25 PM · Mar 5, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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Sandra Ephesians 6:10-18
@Sangie44
Replying to @adjunctprofesor @POTUS and @realDonaldTrump
The MSM media is the virus and the @POTUS should have them quarantined!
These are the true enemies of this country! Fear mongering is the only thing they have left! Because they refuse to report the truth just lies and hyperbole and propaganda!
GIF
10:33 AM · Mar 9, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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WOW Dude WOW
@wowdudewow
Replying to @Carter_Johnsonn
The mainstream media is the virus you should be most fearful of
3:58 PM · Mar 9, 2020·Twitter Web App

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Maryanne Leonora
@darloo79
Replying to @lloyd4man
Mainstream media is the virus that’s assaulting the minds of people, resulting in needless chaos!! Turn it off!!
2:07 PM · Mar 13, 2020·Twitter for Android

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Eye Am Eye
@MattSmithSongs
I just played video games for a few hours and I feel WONDERFUL. Get off your phones, guys… Maybe social media is the virus!
9:51 PM · Mar 18, 2020·Twitter Web App

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Deplorable Potey17
@FWPOTE
The fake-news media is the virus!
12:20 PM · Mar 19, 2020·Twitter Web App

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Ringo Broughton
@BroughtonRingo
The Main Stream Media IS the virus.
4:30 PM · Mar 19, 2020·Twitter Web App

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EMB2032
@EMB2032
The lib media is the virus we need to worry about.
4:29 PM · Mar 20, 2020·Twitter for iPad

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Sarah Tahseen
@TahseenSarah
The liberal media is the virus
7:45 PM · Mar 20, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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Cujowilson
@Cujowilson1
Liberal media IS the virus..
6:03 AM · Mar 21, 2020·Twitter for Android

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Lei
@Lei60154290
FAKE NEWS MEDIA is the virus!!!
3:20 PM · Mar 21, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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doctorno
@doctorn09281670
Mainstream media is the virus.
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Dr. Milton Wolf
@MiltonWolfMD
· Mar 21
FACTS:
1. Every drug ever in history kills if overdosed.
2. Even water kills if taken in excess.
3. The American media is garbage. They’ll claim a cure is a killer just to bash @realDonaldTrump. They are the enemy of the people.
https://bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-20/virus-drug-touted-by-trump-musk-can-kill-with-just-two-grams
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12:27 AM · Mar 22, 2020·Twitter Web App

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Ivan smith
@cagedmind
Social media IS the virus.
GIF
3:39 AM · Mar 23, 2020·Twitter for Android

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ECNORTON
@ECNORTON1
FAKE NEWS MEDIA IS THE VIRUS Microbe AND ENEMY OF AMERICA.
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Donald J. Trump
@realDonaldTrump
· Mar 23
The New York Times changed headlines 3 times in order to satisfy the Radical Left. What should have been a good story got “worse & worse”, until the headline alone made it very unfair. Fake & Corrupt News that is very dangerous for our Country!
12:37 PM · Mar 23, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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CaliRebe
@CaliRebelRebe
The main stream media is the virus now . We don’t trust you .
7:33 PM · Mar 25, 2020·Twitter for iPad

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AngeliqueC
@Ponylipjes
#COVID19
#CoronaVirus
("THE MEDIA IS THE VIRUS” graffiti is shown.—ed.)
5:32 PM · Mar 27, 2020·TweetDeck

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mona alta
@altadc
Social media is the virus. We are all infected.
6:10 AM · Apr 2, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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Jane Skeet
@janieclarkskeet
("THE MEDIA IS THE VIRUS” graffiti is shown.—ed.)
2:03 AM · Apr 4, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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Hocus_Focus 2020
@b1nbingbongbing
Legacy Media is the Virus
10:32 AM · Apr 6, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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WHOanon
@ProtestChris
CFR Media is the Virus.. Epstein was CFR.
1:58 PM · Apr 6, 2020·Twitter for Android

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Jayne
@FlatplaneJayne
Corona: The mainstream media is the virus!!! - YouTube TB Much Worse Then Covid-19 But Nothing Shuts DownRed question mark ornamentRed question mark ornamentRed question mark ornamentWatchDouble exclamation mark https://youtube.com/watch?v=0hC0GdlNRS0
9:30 AM · Apr 7, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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5:06 PM · Apr 11, 2020·Twitter Web Client

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Jewish Deplorable
@TrumpJew
The fake news media is the virus
10:54 AM · Apr 13, 2020·Twitter for iPad

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Artist X
@educatedpleb
I’d like to see that graffiti “THE MEDIA IS THE VIRUS” popping up all over the country. Trump has been on the case of *fake news* from the outset, and is now consistently turning the tables on the globalist corrupted media, whereas we can’t even be sure our leaders even want to.
6:32 PM · Apr 15, 2020·Twitter for iPad

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MM
@superman5142
I would contend the mainstream media is the virus that needs to be cured.  We need a independent media again.  CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, and Fox are all propaganda networks.
9:07 PM · Apr 15, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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M2_Thunderball
@RocketDockett
Also called Treason.....the mainstream media is the virus
11:04 AM · Apr 16, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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Shy
@ShyDeplorable
Mainstream media is the virus and the enemy of the people.
PERIOD.
3:04 PM · Apr 16, 2020·Twitter Web App

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PattiD05
@PattiD05
The media is our enemy.  The media is the virus.
6:37 PM · Apr 16, 2020·TweetDeck

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Mark McCormick
@MarkMcC92036941
For being an MD you sure do appear to be stupid. Aye. Virus came from China. Praise our President. Condemn the democraps for not doing their job. Stop being so JEALOUS. The lamestream media is the virus. Bad for America.
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krupali
@krupali
· Apr 16
Replying to @EdwardTHardy and @realDonaldTrump
Never mind the stimulus checks, Trump’s name should appear on the death certificates as the cause of death.
7:11 AM · Apr 17, 2020·Twitter for Android

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TBONE
@RealTBONEHusker
Good morning Patriots! Flag of United States
America needs to makes this a reality.
@ChrisCuomo @CNN
The corrupt media IS the virus.
7:22 AM · Apr 17, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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Randy
@haselcheck
#canpoli The Liberal Media is the Virus. Who knew ?? 
@liberal_party @MercedesGlobal @CTVNews @am640 @TheTorontoSun @CBCNews @CBCAlerts @TorontoStarLife @CPC_HQ @NDP @MiltonCPC_EDA @globeandmail @nationalpost
10:25 AM · Apr 17, 2020·Twitter Web App

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I Don’t Need No Education
@dulcepericulum3
Mainstream media is the virus. Without those whores and parasites on TV, radio news and talk shows, gormless idiots wouldn’t be standing 2 mtrs away, doing 3mtr body swerves around you talking about vaccines and obeying agents of the state aka the police.
8:31 AM · Apr 18, 2020·Twitter Web App

KTLA5 (Los Angeles, CA)
Hundreds gather in San Clemente to protest stay-at-home orders, despite calls to practice physical distancing
by: Nouran Salahieh
Posted: Apr 19, 2020 / 04:53 PM PDT / Updated: Apr 19, 2020 / 06:07 PM PDT
(...)
Video showed protestors holding up signs that read, “My Body My Risk My Choice,” “Everyone is Essential,” “No Liberty No Life Reopen California,” “Our Freedom Is Not Yours to Take” and “The Media Is the Virus.”

Newsweek
PROTESTS AGAINST LOCKDOWN IN TEXAS, CALIFORNIA AND SEVEN OTHER STATES AS CALLS TO END STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS GROW
BY SEREN MORRIS ON 4/20/20 AT 8:49 AM EDT
(...)
In California, protesters in San Clemente gathered at a rally, holding signs stating “Open Our Beaches,” “Let Me Be Free,” “Freedom Is Essential” and “The Media Is the Virus.”

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Rodrigo Perez 📽🎞Television
@YrOnlyHope
“The media is the virus.” These upcoming deaths should all be on those who have sewn distrust in those trying to keep you safe: Trump and the admin, Fox News, OANN, InfoWars, the entire Facts Destabilizing Industrial Complex which is not going to go away since it’s now an economy
11:41 AM · Apr 20, 2020·Twitter Web App

Los Angeles (CA) Times
Three Southern states move to reopen businesses amid coronavirus crisis as experts warn of possible ‘backfire’
By JAWEED KALEEMNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT
APRIL 20, 2020 12:41 PM UPDATED 6:16 PM
(...)
American flag-waving demonstrators gathered Monday in Harrisburg, Pa., with signs that included the phrases “The media is the virus” and “Jesus is my vaccine,” and another small group stood with similar messages outside the North Dakota Capitol in Bismarck.

Twitter
RobLamb
@friendsofgod
The news media is the virus
7:40 PM · Apr 20, 2020·Twitter for Android

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we keep it 420
@wekeepit420
The media is the real virus Microbe
4:20 AM · May 1, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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Artist X
@educatedpleb
Two classic pieces of graffiti have appeared throughout this, one says “the media is the virus” the other “Covid-19.84”. Hats off to their authors. And thumbs down for our enemedia.
4:29 AM · May 4, 2020·Twitter for iPad

Boston (MA) Globe
Hundreds gather at State House to protest measures to slow spread of coronavirus
The rally was promoted by the group behind last year’s Straight Pride Parade and a local radio host.

By Anissa Gardizy Globe Correspondent,Updated May 4, 2020, 2:30 p.m.
(...)
Demonstrators brandished American flags and Trump 2020 signs, along with signs that read “end the shutdown,” “all jobs are essential,” and “media is the virus.”

Junkee
Conspiracy Theorists Who Think “Mainstream Media Is The Virus” Are Smashing Their TVs In Protest
by RACHAEL CONAGHAN 5 MAY 2020
(...)
Conspiracy theorists have begun smashing their televisions to protest mainstream news, which they accuse of trying to “program them” with lies and “fake news” over coronavirus.

“Mainstream media, you are the virus,” one lady read off a sheet of paper.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityMedia/Newspapers/Magazines/Internet • Monday, May 04, 2020 • Permalink