Mainstream media journalist is fact checked by Doctor Matt Strauss after hit piece publication

In the absence of self-reflection, journalists blame everyone but themselves for growing public distrust in mainstream media.

Mainstream media journalist is fact checked by Doctor Matt Strauss after hit piece publication
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Doctor Matt Strauss, the soon resigning Interim Medical Officer of Health (MOH) of Norfolk-Haldimand, recently pushed back on a factually incorrect hit piece published by The Toronto Star.

Originally titled, “Dr. Matt Strauss won’t miss publish health – and vice versa,” author Bruce Arthur deduces Strauss to be an activist rather than a credentialed medical professional who was thrust into the limelight for highlighting the harms caused by COVID-related restrictions. The title of the article was later changed to, “Dr. Matt Strauss: wrong man, wrong crisis?”

In one inflammatory and now corrected instance, the article stated:

He attended protests against Western’s vaccine mandate, and compared mask and vaccine mandates to the MeToo movement in terms of consent, implying they are tantamount to sexual assault or rape.

Strauss took to Twitter thereafter to set the record straight.

Two days later, Strauss once again took to Twitter to thank Donovan Vincent, Public Editor at the Star, for tending to various factually incorrect claims.

Arthur apparently disagrees with Strauss’ “interpretations,” and notes that those who agree with Strauss are “mostly distrustful of media," he stated in a now deleted tweet. 

Anyone that is skeptical of the status quo mainstream narrative is further labelled by Arthur as an “anti-vaxxer,” another now deleted tweet read. 

Strauss offers insight into how to build public trust and it doesn’t include ad hominem attacks or de-humanizing labels.

“Step 1: Tell the truth,” he writes, “That’s all the steps I know.”

Dr. Strauss has officially resigned as Interim Acting MOH, a job that was always meant to be temporary, after he was unanimously appointed for the role by Haldimand-Norfolk Board of Health members in September 2021.

Mayor Kristal Chopp, Chair of the Board of Health, said at the time that Strauss had shown “interest in our agriculture community," noting he had "already begun to engage with local farmers, and looked forward to fostering those relationships,” which played a role in his appointment.

Undoubtedly Strauss will be left dealing with the fall-out of his opposition to the harm inducing, heavy handed COVID-related restrictions that plagued the province of Ontario for years to come.

Meanwhile, in the absence of self-reflection, mainstream media journalists blame those who are “angry about Covid restrictions” as though their own deflection and factually incorrect reporting are not at the helm of public distrust in mainstream media.

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