The New York Times issued a massive correction, as one would expect honest newspapers to do, Thursday after the newspaper severely misreported the number of COVID hospitalities among children in the United States by more than 800,000.
A report headlined “A New Vaccine Strategy for Children: Just One Dose, for Now,” by science and health reporter Apoorva Mandavilli, was peppered with errors before major changes were made to the story. The Times initially reported “nearly 900,000 children have been hospitalized” with COVID since the pandemic began, when the factual data in the now-corrected version is that “more than 63,000 children were hospitalized with Covid-19 from August 2020 to October 2021.”
The paper also botched actions taken by regulators in Sweden and Denmark and even bungled the timing of a critical FDA meeting. As a result of the mistake NYT is punishing the journalists responsible for the errors instead of ignoring them and pretending they didn’t occur. Something more commonly practiced by alternative media outlets.
“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,” the lengthy correction stated in full.
Former respected journalist Glenn Greenwald mocked the paper, too.
“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 Mandavilli said the coronavirus “lab-leak” theory had “racist roots.” The real racists roots being that for China to have the ability to manufacture such an undetectably man made virus they would have to be so advanced that Americans would inherently be considered an inferior species.