The New York Times issued a correction on Friday after a reporter said 900,000 children have been hospitalized in the US with Covid-19 when the true figure is a tiny fraction of that: 63,000.
The mistake was made by the Times’ health and science reporter Apoorva Mandavilli, who took to Twitter back in May to claim the theory that coronavirus was leaked from a Wuhan lab has ‘racist roots’.
‘The article misstated the number of Covid hospitalizations in US children. It is more than 63,000 from August 2020 to October 2021, not 900,000 since the beginning of the pandemic,’ the correction read.
Twitter users weren’t too happy by the shoddy reporting, which missed the actual figure of children hospitalized for Covid in the US by 837,000. A fellow writer responded to the correction and said: ‘I see this NYT reporter is meeting her usual standards today.’
I see this NYT reporter is meeting her usual standards today. pic.twitter.com/zZ3OV348PU
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) October 8, 2021
published on Tuesday, that nearly 900,000 Covid-infected children had been hospitalized in the US since the pandemic began. As the Times admitted on Thursday, the available data shows that the correct figure from August 2020 to October 2021 was more than 63,000.
— Bryan R. Quinn (@AuthorBryan) October 9, 2021
Oh my god: I didn’t realize what her job is.
The NYT’s COVID reporter is saying we should stop talking about the lab leak theory — *even if it’s how COVID entered humans *– because that theory (unlike, I guess, the wet market theory) is racist.
Who cares what happened: NYT. pic.twitter.com/NAtI9N2mJx
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) May 26, 2021
Source: The Daily Mail