The New York Times Spreads Misinformation About COVID-19
The purported threat of social media has emerged once again as a top concern of senators, whistleblowers, and members of the press. They are very, very worried about Facebook fanning the flames of hate, compromising U.S. democracy, and spreading COVID misinformation.
How many of them are worried about the COVID misinformation being spread by The New York Times?
The paper of record had to print a lengthy correction to a big error in a Thursday news article. The story was about other countries’ approaches to vaccinating young people, and whether one shot would be better than two given the risks of heart inflammation in teenagers. The article wrongly claimed that nearly one million U.S. children—900,000 to be precise—had been hospitalized with COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.
The actual number? About 63,000 since August 2020, when stats first became available.
And while that was the biggest error, it wasn’t the only mistake in the story. According to the correction, the reporter “described incorrectly the actions taken by regulators in Sweden and Denmark” and misstated the timing of a crucial Food and Drug Administration meeting.
This wasn’t a junior reporter new to the job. The author was the paper’s lead coronavirus correspondent, Apoorva Mandavilli. (Her bio, which notes that she won the Victor Cohn Prize for
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