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Mark Steyn’s Covid-19 Vaccine Data Comments On GB News Found In Breach By Ofcom

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Ofcom has found GB News to be in breach of its code over Covid-19 vaccine comments, in the first of two rulings investigating the Mark Steyn Show.

In an episode last April, host Steyn quoted official data from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) to say that the vaccines caused higher infection, hospitalization and death rates, but four viewers complained that these comments were “dangerous” and drew “fatally flawed conclusions.” Steyn said in the programme that UKHSA data on those people that had, and those that had not, received a third Covid-19 vaccination dose could be compared because the two groups included approximately the same numbers of people.

Ofcom, however, said in today’s ruling he had failed to take into account other factors such as the significant differences in age or health of the people in the two groups.

Steyn’s insistence that the results were definitive was found to be in breach of section 2.2 of Ofcom’s Broadcasting Code, and were labeled “potentially harmful and materially misleading” by the regulator.

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