For nearly a year now, the State of Alaska – aided by the Anchorage Daily News and the rest of Alaska’s mainstream press corps – has sounded the daily alarm on COVID case counts, death totals, infection rates, hospitalizations, hospital bed capacity, ventilator availability, total tests given, and vaccines administered. Dozens of charts and graphs include regional, time specific and age-related factoids. At first glance it might appear as if no data point is left unturned, and yet there are several glaring omissions.

On Feb. 2, the Watchman published a report to help fill out the record. Using data straight from the CDC’s own VAERS reporting system we noted that at least five Alaskans died shortly after receiving the COVID vaccine, and 111 Alaskans suffered adverse reactions after getting the shot between December and January. Our story provided direct links to every statement.  While we noted that the deaths and adverse reactions occurred shortly after Alaskans received the vaccine, we did not take the next step and conclude that there was a direct relation. We don’t know this for certain, so we didn’t say.

In reading the ADN piece, you will see that they do not – and cannot – discredit any of the actual facts.

Our goal was simple. Provide relevant, factual information to Alaskans which the state and mainstream media simply refuse to report.

Well, the Anchorage Daily News and state health officials took issue with the article. One day after the story went up, longtime ADN reporter Zaz Hollander wanted to interview us about it. We declined, knowing full well that the point of the article was to try to discredit our report. Better to let the facts speak for themselves.

Now that the ADN story is out, we have a few comments to add.

In reading the ADN piece, you will see that they do not – and cannot – discredit any of the actual facts taken from the CDC’s reporting system. Instead, they proceed to interview a handful of state health officials in an attempt to discredit or reinterpret the information from the CDC’s reporting site. The goal is to paint a narrative in which no Alaskan – in fact no American – has ever died as a result of getting the COVID vaccine, and very few have ever experienced serious side effects. The clunky, three sentence title of ADN’s article says it all – “Did 5 people really die from COVID-19 vaccines in Alaska? No, state officials say. None did.”

Let’s unpack exactly how this story was crafted.

First, they insinuate that the Watchman article drew a conclusive link between deaths and the vaccine. We did not.

Why is the state so adamantly opposed to even entertaining the idea that anyone has ever died because of the vaccine?

They then quoted state health officials who explained that just because someone dies or physically suffers after being vaccinated, that does not mean the death or reaction was necessarily a result of the vaccine. People die all the time, of myriad causes, and there is no way to conclusively show that the vaccine killed them, officials explained. This is true, and we noted this in the article.

The problem, however, is that this point about causation is only ever made when someone dies or suffers after getting vaccinated. If someone dies with COVID in their system, well, their death certificate lists COVID as one of the causes of death. Did they really die of COVID though? Could the death have been the result of diabetes, or cancer or high blood pressure? Why is the state so quick to put COVID on a death certificate, while adamantly opposed to even entertaining the idea that anyone has ever died because of the vaccine?

An illustration might help. Imagine two elderly men with high blood pressure climbing two separate step ladders to change a light bulb. One man has COVID in his system. The other was recently vaccinated. Both men fall from their ladders, are rushed to the hospital and die. The man with COVID is listed both as a COVID patient and a COVID death. The vaccinated man, however, is said to have died from injuries after falling from a ladder.

The double standard is beyond the pale, and yet this is illustrative of how the state and mainstream media outlets approach COVID vaccine reactions. The Watchman has repeatedly asked the state to provide information on deaths, adverse reactions and hospitalizations from those who have been vaccinated. So far, they have flat out refused, claiming that such information might lead the general public into thinking that the vaccine is unsafe or too risky. It might, but if the goal is to provide facts in a neutral and unbiased manner, wouldn’t the state – and the mainstream media – be eager to offer all the data?

The truth is we cannot know if a death is primarily the result of the virus or some other underlying health condition. Likewise, we cannot determine with absolute certainty why a person died or suffered physically after receiving the vaccine. Causality is nearly impossible to prove beyond all doubt.

But if the state is going to go to great lengths to encourage every qualified resident to get vaccinated, while spending enormous time and energy to provide certain facts about COVID deaths, then it should also include information about those who have died or suffered after getting vaccinated.

We fully stand behind our article and remain committed to reporting what the mainstream media won’t – except of course when they’re attempting to discredit our work.

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ADN’s attempt to rebut Watchman COVID story illustrates why we exist

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Mike Burdick says:

    Joel you all Rock. If it wasn’t for the Alaska Watchman we wouldn’t get the true news information. Conservatives are being silenced by Big Tech and the left more and more every day.
    Thank you

  • Jim Minnery says:

    Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. Ephesians 4:25
    We are indeed blessed to have Joel, Jake and The Watchman in our midst in the Great Land.

  • Vicki Kerr says:

    I have a healthy 84 year old friend who had the vaccine shot on a Saturday. Spent Sunday with projectile vomiting and diarrhea. Got so weak the ambulance had to come get her. She spent 4 days in the hospital in Juneau and is still recovering at home. The doctor said it was a severe reaction to the vaccine.
    Thank you for your article.

    • Rebecca Crelley says:

      Sorry about your friend. My neighbor, a cardiac nurse at Providence, had a severe headache that lasted 5 days after the second shot was administered. Anyone with an immune problem should avoid the vaccine according to Dr James Waller.

    • Jon Hochendoner says:

      Hello Vicki,
      In the interest of transparency and in the spirit of the above and referenced articles I hope these issues were reported to the VAERS database as it’s clear Anne Zink is more interested in hiding select information than presenting the full truth.

  • Michael Alexander says:

    Thank you for pointing out the biased reporting by the State of Alaska on adverse vaccination reactions. Another great question, What is the formula used in the COVID 19 formula?


    I just did a DuckDuckGo search for “deaths from covid vaccines”. I suggest everyone do the same; you might be just as shocked as I was by the results.

  • Leo says:

    It’s funny that “people die all the time” but all last year every person that died tested positive–no cancer, flu, heart attack or gunshot wound deaths. All Covid deaths. ADN is such a liberal rag.

  • Christine Hutchison says:

    A prudent non-fearing person who can make decisions for themselves (and has no had health Insurance for 45 years of their 72 year life) should be able to think for themselves that these vaccines do not help each life individually. Also, when 99 year old person was ask the basis for his long life, he responded stay away from doctors, they’ll kill ya!

  • Sally Pollen says:

    That was a great come-back article, Joel. We simply wanted the whole truth, but got a smear instead. Keep up the great journalism!

  • Mongo love candy says:

    ADN? They still around?

  • Elizabeth says:

    The influenza vaccine is not without deaths or side effects. Not sure why they would want to cover up such with the Covid vaccine. There are actually risks with all vaccines that should be weighed.
    As for the argument of someone with health issues contracting Covid and dying – would that person have died during the same time period has they not had Covid? Covid is indeed deadly to vulnerable people with frail health or pre-existing conditions. My elderly father, mid 80’s, happy, active, still farming, but with a very frail cardiovascular system due to a past heart attack and open heart surgery. He is prone to pneumonia as well. He could die from influenza, bronchitis, or Covid. If he remains free of those health threats he could live for a number of years and we like having him around. Hence if he gets Covid and dies prematurely, it was Covid that killed him. The pre existing condition just made him more vulnerable. Flippantly stating ‘he would have died anyway…’. Just sounds a tad to euthanasia-ish to me. Hence if the state is declaring someone who had Covid and died, as dying of Covid, despite that COPD, or whatever, well, I would have to agree, as without Covid they could have lived another five years, or more, or less.

    • Diane says:

      I talked to someone whose parent died in a car accident in Alaska, but they were Covid positive. The death was stated as Covid, they were very angry about it.

      • Elizabeth says:

        That’s a bit different I think – unless Covid caused impaired driving that caused the accident……. That is sad though!

  • Kfinh says:

    ADN….Another Disgrace News !!!! Okay, so anyone who died with covid and actually not from covid is considered a covid death to ramp up the death count. But anyone who dies possibly from the covid vaccine definitely didn’t die because of the vaccine? If we were to use the same model as they used for the covid death count we should also assume anyone who is eventually going to pass away from anything, whether it be natural, homicide, suicide or diseases but have been vaccinated should be counted as a vaccine death right. That’s only logical in my scientific opinion.

  • Holly Sheepdip says:

    If the vaccine is all they say it is I would think they would be happy to share all the statistics including the deaths that occur shortly after receiving the vaccine. What I would really like to see is the number of people who have had CV-19 and recovered. I would like to see how many people in each age group caught it and got over it and whether they needed hospitalization or not. That’s another number they don’t want us to know.

    • Kitty says:

      Exactly! I would love to see these numbers- and if everything is working so well as they say, there should be no problem with releasing them. I honestly think that they aren’t tracking any of that stuff tho… my dad has a friend who works in a care home in TX, and they vaccinated her patients and 3/16 died within 2 days of the shot, but these deaths were not reported to anyone. So my theory: state isn’t tracking this info

  • United States of Alaska says:

    I don’t doubt people have died from having the vaccine. Seems like a normal possibility because given enough people someone will always have a bad response. I’ve already had both vaccine shots. I’d rather take my chances with the vaccine any day versus Covid. I’m more likely to die driving the way I do year round in Alaska than from the vaccine. So scary! Oh yeah people say I’m rushing to grave. It’s been fun rushing all 62 years of my life! Knock on wood!

  • M. J. D. says:

    “ADN reporter Zaz Hollander”
    The Anchorage Daily (I intentionally omitted the word NEWS because they are void of any) employed zero reporters nor journalists.

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    It’s all lies by Alaska leaders and world leaders
    Wear your mask Are You Kidding Me
    Get a life, If your so afraid stay home
    Let me live my life, Not wearing a Stupid Mask

  • R says:

    Taken from:
    The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine is and unapproved vaccine that may prevent COVID-19 in indiviuals 18 years of age and older under an Emergency Use Authorizatio (EUA)”

    “The FDA has authorized the emergency use of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine to prevent COVID-19 in individuals 18 years of age and older under an Emergency Use Authorization(EUA)”
    So — the unapproved vaccine that may prevent COVID-19 has been authorized for emergency use — so—why is this vaccine being so promoted by government, institutional and church entities? —and—why do these entities not want to have facts made known. Maybe not so many would-be guinea pigs would come forward? As for me, no thanks to this shot.

  • James says:

    Took the first shot Friday morning, so far nothing.

  • warren waters says:

    My friend who works at a mortuary stated that the state is sending the death certificates back to have them changed to state Covid as the reason for death.

  • Galu Tions says:

    Gov medical directives are lately driven by the values of the cult and cabal of leftists.

  • Jennifer Titus says:

    Thank you! I have searched the VAERS site myself and was alarmed at how many people in the US died within hours of receiving the shot. No correlation, sure. Many sudden deaths in Alaska since mid-January, and sadly, more to come.

  • Bill says:

    No one has died from the experimental vaccine? If you tell the lie enough times will it come true?
    Ask the wife of Dr. Gregory Michael, an obstetrician in private practice at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami. Why he died a horrible death after getting the vaccine.
    Dr. Gregory Michael, an obstetrician in private practice at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, received a first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech experimental mRNA COVID-19 vaccine on December 18, 2020 and died 16 days later of a cerebral hemorrhage (stroke).1
    Within three days of taking the shot, he developed symptoms of a severe autoimmune bleeding disorder, idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), often referred to as immune thrombocytopenia.2 According to his wife, the 56-year old OB/GYN physician was healthy when he received the COVID-19 vaccine and began exhibiting symptoms of bleeding under the skin within 72 hours.

  • Wayne M says:

    Thank you, Joel for the awesome work you and your team are doing!
    Please everybody, donate what you can to help Joel continue this great work. I just did.

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