A New York Times reporter used a misleading story in an attempt to make a point about not covering Trump’s coronavirus press briefings over the possibility of misinformation.
According to The Daily Caller:
A New York Times reporter wrote an analysis Wednesday on whether networks should cover White House coronavirus press briefings live because of the threat of misinformation, but included a misleading story about President Donald Trump in the process.
Media reporter Michael Grynbaum wrote that Trump has “repeatedly delivered information that doctors and public health officials have called ill informed, misleading or downright wrong.” Grynbaum cited a story about an Arizona man who died Monday after allegedly consuming “a form of chloroquine, a drug that Mr. Trump has promoted on the air” with his wife.
The analysis article links to an AZ Central article that notes the Arizona man did not, in fact, ingest what Trump said could possibly help with the novel coronavirus. The man and his wife “ingested the additive found in fish tank cleaners,” according to the article.
Axios walked back its suggestion Tuesday after originally pushing the idea that Trump mentioned the same drug ingested by the couple. The wife has alleged that they got the idea from Trump, but the president did not tell people to self-medicate.
The New York Times actively tried to claim that the man’s death was associated with Trump’s instead of suggesting that it is probably a good rule of thumb not to ingest anything from the pet aisle.