Alex Jones Loses Sandy Hook Court Appeal ; Social News Consumers Least Likely to Read About COVID-19 ; and More Picks 3/27

Internal Emails Show How Chaos at the CDC Slowed the Early Response to Coronavirus (Reader Steve)

From ProPublica, “The documents — mostly emails — provide a behind-the-scenes peek into the messy early stages of the U.S. response to the coronavirus, revealing an antiquated public health system trying to adapt on the fly. What comes through clearly is confusion, as the CDC underestimated the threat from the virus and stumbled in communicating to local public health officials what should be done.”

Alex Jones Loses Sandy Hook Court Appeal (DonkeyHotey)

The author writes, “Alex Jones, a conspiracy theorist and repeated loser of court battles, was ordered Wednesday to pay more than $20,000 in attorney fees after losing another appeal in a defamation case related to the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. He now owes nearly $150,000 in legal fees before he even faces a jury.”

Social News Consumers Least Likely to Read About COVID-19 (Russ)

From MediaPost: “The coronavirus pandemic has led to a surge in news consumption on social media as people stuck indoors use platforms like Facebook and Snapchat to stay connected with the outside world. Unfortunately, people who rely on social networks as their primary source of news are most likely say they’ve seen made-up news about COVID-19, a study found.”

Democrat Calls on EPA to Withdraw ‘Secret Science’ Rule (Celia)

The author writes, “Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) is urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to withdraw a proposed rule that he believes could curtail its response to crises such as the coronavirus pandemic.”

Biodiversity Boon for Niue, the World’s First ‘Dark Sky Nation’ (Dana)

From Mongabay: “The Pacific island of Niue, one of the least-populated countries in the world, was designated the world’s first ‘dark sky nation’ by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) on March 7. The title recognizes the visibility and clarity of Niue’s starry nights, and the country’s commitment to protecting its nocturnal environment by mitigating artificial light pollution. The move provides additional protection to the country’s unique biodiversity.”