The New York Times (NYT) was forced to issue a massive correction after several “mistakes” were made in one badly written article by a so-called award-winning journalist.
While the New York Times was once considered a top-notch newspaper, it has slowly devolved into nothing more than a propaganda outlet for the left. At one point, people were able to trust that the outlet would print factual information from verified sources, but now, the Times relies on unnamed sources and is often proven wrong by legitimate sources. This is just another example of the outlet’s failure to live up to basic journalistic standards and ethics.
On October 7th, the New York Times issued a correction after several pieces of information reported in an article about COVID hospitalization among children.
The first major error was staggering: the article misreported the number of children hospitalized with COVID in the United States by more than 800,000.
Science and health reporter Apoorva Mandavilli published the article, entitled “A New Vaccine Strategy for Children: Just One Dose, for Now.”
In that article, the Times reported that “nearly 900,000 children have been hospitalized” with the coronavirus since the pandemic began. The true number of children was added to the correction, where the NYT wrote: “more than 63,000 children were hospitalized with Covid-19 from August 2020 to October 2021.”
The question is, how could someone make a mistake this big? And was it on purpose? Most people familiar with the way the news cycle works know that the correction doesn’t reach nearly as many people as the original story does. The left and their allies in the mainstream media are trying desperately to intimidate average Americans who are fighting against laws forcing them to mask and vaccinate their children. What better way to intimidate these parents than to scare them with overinflated numbers of children hospitalized with COVID?
Two other serious “errors” made in the New York Times article were false statements about actions being taken by regulators in Sweden and Denmark, and the timing of an important FDA meeting.
The correction states:
“An earlier version of this article incorrectly described actions taken by regulators in Sweden and Denmark. They have halted use of the Moderna vaccine in children; they have not begun offering single doses. The article also misstated the number of Covid hospitalizations in U.S. children. It is more than 63,000 from August 2020 to October 2021, not 900,000 since the beginning of the pandemic. In addition, the article misstated the timing of an F.D.A. meeting on authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children. It is later this month, not next week.”
Conservatives and other anti-establishment figures took to Twitter to call out the New York Times for the errors.
“I see this NYT reporter is meeting her usual standards today,” wrote columnist Phil Kerpen.
I see this NYT reporter is meeting her usual standards today. pic.twitter.com/zZ3OV348PU
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) October 8, 2021
“How did an error that large happen, @NYTimes?” asked journalist Jeryl Bier.
Original: "Nearly 900,000 children have been hospitalized with Covid-19 since the pandemic began…"
Corrected: "More than 63,000 children were hospitalized with Covid-19 from August 2020 to October 2021…"
— Jeryl Bier (@JerylBier) October 8, 2021
Glenn Greenwald, a former journalist for the left-wing outlet The Intercept who left his position because he opposed the censorship being pushed by the left, also had something to say about the NYT article.
“NYT had an outstanding, highly experienced COVID reporter, but was fired because he made very rich teenagers unhappy when forced to entertain them on a paid trip,” he wrote, referring to Donald McNeil Jr., who was forced to step down earlier this year.
“Now we have an incompetent in his place constantly doing this, or saying it’s racist to investigate COVID origins,” Greenwald added, referring to when the article’s author, Apoorva Mandavilli, said that the coronavirus “lab-leak” theory had “racist roots.”
NYT had an outstanding, highly experienced COVID reporter, but was fired because he made very rich teenagers unhappy when forced to entertain them on a paid trip.
Now we have an incompetent in his place constantly doing this, or saying it's racist to investigate COVID origins: https://t.co/iGoCvgP9Jx
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) October 8, 2021