After nearly 30 minutes on hold with CityMD, I finally got through. The moment had arrived. Were my test results for the Covid-19 antibodies positive or negative?

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To be sure, the stakes were modest. I had read about serological experts pouring disinfectant on the reliability of Covid-19 antibody tests. Even if I tested positive, I would have to discount the results to some degree.

Former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration Scott Gottlieb had cautioned about reading too much into the tests. Even if you test positive, he said, you probably should get tested two or three times to avoid a false-positive.

And then there were reports calling into question the meaning of a positive result. …

No one likes to be told they’re wrong. And in the age of “alternative facts,” it seems no one has to.

Bring your assumptions on the topic du jour to the internet and you will find whatever you need to maintain your beliefs and to discount anything that may challenge them.

“Confirmation bias” — the idea that we are prone to seek out information that conforms with our preexisting beliefs and actively dismiss contradictory evidence — has long been part of the human condition. Indeed, as recently reported in the New Yorker, it is linked to our survival as a…

Axios, the new media company started by former Politico founders covering politics and business, doesn’t lack for clarity in mission — or brashness. In its manifesto, it speaks of a “broken” media:

Stories are too long. Or too boring. Web sites are a maddening mess. Readers and advertisers alike are too often afterthoughts. They get duped by headlines that don’t deliver and distracted by pop-up nonsense or unworthy clicks. Many now make money selling fake headlines, fake controversies and even fake news.

In a recent Q&A with PR Week about Axios’s vision, founder and executive editor Mike Allen stayed on…

Andrew Longstreth

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