This Thursday, October 7th The New York Times Uncorrected correction for a pernicious Report that suggested 900,000 American kids had been “hospitalized” with COVID-19 when in reality it was around 63,000. The report not only mischaracterized those hospitalizations but also incorrectly claimed that Sweden and Denmark had distributed vaccine doses to children as young as six months old. It also suggested that child doses would be available for distribution in the U.S. by this week.
The entire situation was poetic because the “science” reporter who loaded up her piece with these false claims was Apoorva Mandavilli. She’s the same Times reporter that took to Twitter last May to say that the increasingly likely Wuhan lab leak theory wasn’t true and had “racist roots.”
Unironically, Mandavilli was also “the 2019 winner of the Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting,” according to her author pageOn the TimesWebsite. Adding: “Ms. Mandavilli has won numerous awards for her writing … Ms. Mandavilli has a Master of Arts degree in journalism from New York University…”
It Times being the very reputable and honest “newspaper of record” buried the correction all the way on the bottom of the report, under ads for more of their articles, and no hint of it at the top of the webpage.
Based on the threefold correction
Now, that’s a lot of misinformation. When examining the disparity between Mandavilli’s numbers and reality, one realizes that her number was over 14 times higher.
You can find more information here Another pageThe Times stated that the correction wasn’t printed until Friday, two days after they initially made the false claims.
The documentary producer, who was responsible for the investigation and requesting accountability for an egregiously inaccurate report on the scene, and New York Times bestselling author, Ann McElhinney took to Twitter to say what was undoubtable on a lot of peoples’ minds: “So you can do this at the New York Times and still keep your job?”
“I see this NYT reporter is meeting her usual standards today,” syndicated columnist Phil Kerpen quipped in his own Tweet
The liberal media might argue that because they corrected the error, they must take truth serious. But the fact that an editor approved of the article before it was published shows they really didn’t care about the truth until they had to.