Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Mortality, Google Searches, And What The Media Reports

I came across a very interesting infographic that compares actual causes of death, what people find in Google searches, and how the media treats the various causes of death. The media was represented by examining coverage in the New York Times and the UK's Guardian for the period 1999 to 2016.

If you only relied upon the media, you would believe that over 50% of deaths were the result of either terrorism or homicide and that very few were due to heart disease. The reality is that heart disease followed by cancer are the first and second causes of death in the US. Moreover, the two combine to account for almost 60% of deaths.

This comes from OurWorldInData and you can get the data behind these charts here. You can read more analysis of the data here.


  1. The bought and paid for MSM in both the USA and UK long ago stopped saying anything that had any relationship to reality. If it does not support the current narrative and advance the current agenda it is ignored, down played, contradicted or spun or bent.

  2. Warped as it is, it matches the old saying about "When dog bites man, that's not news. When man bites dog, that's news". They emphasize the unusual.

    Still, this is how you get adults who think it's more dangerous to live near a nuclear power plant than to avoid the power plant and drive longer distances to get where they need to go.