The News Has Become Reality TV

Everyone wants to be a star. But how seriously should we be taking them?

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President Donald J. Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence and members of the White House Coronavirus (COVID-19) Task Force, delivers remarks and answers questions from members of the press during the coronavirus update briefing Monday, April 13, 2020, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen)

“All models are wrong, but some are useful.”

Early models that received early, limited data about Covid-19- its spread, its fatality rate- now appear to have been useful only in frightening world leaders into taking swift and decisive action, even at the risk of overreaction.

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