Toxic Exaggeration — NYPD Police Union Radically Inflates UnVaxxed Exodus Numbers

by | Nov 1, 2021 | Quick Facts

Photo by Alec Favale

Toxic Exaggeration — NYPD Police Union Radically Inflates UnVaxxed Exodus Numbers

by | Nov 1, 2021 | Quick Facts

Photo by Alec Favale
The Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York claimed that 10,000 officers would resign if forced to comply with Mayor de Blasio's vaccine mandate. The real number turned out to be tiny.

There is an older rule in the PR world that seems to be forgotten, almost every day. That rule is “Don’t lie.” Seems kind of simple, but all too frequently those who feel they must manipulate public perception or public emotions forget or simply ignore this rule. Sooner or later a liar is going to get exposed and like like, well, a liar.

The latest case in point was the Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York who claimed that 10,000 officers (out of the NYPD force of about 35,000) would resign if forced to comply with Mayor de Blasio’s vaccine mandate.

Of course this claim got maximum coverage and maximum concern since that represented nearly a third of the force.

The actual number of officers who were put on leave because of not getting vaccinated is just a but different: 34. That’s right. Just 34 officers at the end decided to part company with their jobs over this issue.

Anti-vax propagandists loved this dust up, using it to create an impression that vaccine mandates would lead to civil unrest and disaster. But according to Alternet.com, this is a tempest lacking a teapot.

That vaccine mandate required proof of just one shot, and provided in return a $500 bonus for getting vaccinated. “The total of New York City workers that have been vaccinated is currently at 91%.”

In total, “9,000 city employees,” including the 34 police officers and 40 civilian members of the NYPD, “have not yet been vaccinated and have been placed on leave without [pay] as of Nov. 1, which is less than 6% of the entire city workforce at 378,000.”

The Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York in a statement had claimed the vaccine mandate was “arbitrary,” its rollout “chaotic,” and “the NYPD brass is completely unprepared for the staffing shortage that will result from the mandate’s haphazard implementation.”

Exaggeration or out-and-out lie? This is harder to answer. Either way it is propaganda and we need to be on guard against the manipulation and falsification of facts. It has been documented thoroughly that lies spread faster than truth. And this means cleaning up the resulting mess takes a LOT more work than the telling of the lie.

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Related Articles

May 14 2022

The Facts Surrounding the U.S. Baby Formula Shortage

As Republican fear mongers like Elise Stefanik whip out conspiracy accusations and blame about the baby formula shortage, the real facts from a pediatrician are more...
May 12 2022

Trump Is Under Federal Grand Jury Investigation — Finally

A federal grand jury has issued at least one subpoena, and investigators are seeking interviews in the case of sensitive documents that ended up at the former...
May 12 2022

Tucker Carlson’s Fake Masculinity Crisis Is a Fascist History Lesson

Tucker Carlson is pulling from an old playbook as he stokes anxiety about a masculinity crisis that doesn’t actually exist.
May 11 2022

State Anti-Abortion Laws Are Causing Confusion for Treatment of Miscarriages

In Texas, anti-abortion laws are creating uncertainties that may deter some doctors and other providers from offering optimal miscarriage treatment.
May 07 2022

Healthcare Profiteering: Medical Bills Force a Family to Get Care in Mexico

The Fierro family was trapped in a situation of being “functionally uninsured.” They have insurance, but their healthcare plan is expensive and they don’t have the...
May 02 2022

Private Utility Companies Also Got Into the Pandemic Profiteering Act

A new report details how private utility companies shut off electricity to U.S. households more than 3.5 million times since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, even...
May 01 2022

Pumped Up Inflation: Big Oil Profits Double and Quadruple Amid Ukraine Crisis Excuses

One of the major factors of the current “inflation” is Big Oil intentionally profiteering off the war in Ukraine. Pump prices remain sky high even though no...
white and blue truck on road during daytime
Apr 29 2022

How the Livelihood of America’s Trucking World Got Hijacked

Trucking has been turned into a corporate racket, with CEOs arbitrarily abusing the workers who move their products across town and country.
Apr 28 2022

America’s Frontline Doctors: Anti-Vax Messaging for Profit

Aside from anti-vax disinformation, America’s Frontline Doctors also sells prescriptions for Hydroxychloroquine, Ivermectin, and other COVID-19...
Apr 24 2022

COVID-19: Should You Still Wear a Mask on a Plane, Bus or Train When There’s No Mandate?

Fewer people are wearing masks today in spite of the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic is still going. April 22nd alone saw over 55,000 new infections in the U.S. And...
Subscribe for Updates!

Subscribe for Updates!

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from our team.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This