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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Apoorva Mandavilli still has a job?

The story in the New York Times advising us that people who had covid should vaccinate anyway stunned me. Oh it wasn't the bad medical advice. The only thing credible in the Times is its crossword puzzle. 

What stunned me was the byline: Apoorva Mandavilli. She still has a job.

Her previous story was on October 6, "A New Vaccine Strategy for Children: Just One Dose, for Now. Myocarditis, a rare side effect, occurs mostly after the second dose. So in some countries, officials are trying out single doses for children."

Her error was so massive that it drew headlines on both sides of the Atlantic.

Fox reported, "The New York Times issued a massive correction Thursday after the liberal newspaper severely misreported the number of covid hospitalities among children in the United States by more than 800,000."

As Barbie said, math class is tough.

And Fox said, "The paper also botched actions taken by regulators in Sweden and Denmark and even bungled the timing of a critical FDA meeting."

The Daily Mail reported, "The mistake comes after Mandavilli angered Twitter users back in May when she claimed the theory that Covid was leaked from a Wuhan lab has 'racist roots'

"Her flip-flop on the issue reflected that of the larger mainstream media, which originally dismissed the idea that the virus originated in a lab studying bats."

I found when I switched from the feature writing side to the opinion side that readers react differently to them. An error in a feature story typically draws a reaction of "thank you for the story and oh by the way, 63,000 kids were hospitalized not 900,000." In an opinion piece, the reaction is typically, "hey stupid, there were 63,000 kids hospitalized not 63,001."

Apoorva Mandavilli slid into the opinion area when she called questioning the official party line about the origin of covid racist.

In her latest piece, "If You’ve Had Covid, Do You Need the Vaccine?" Mandavilli advises people who recovered from covid to be vaccinated.

Buried in Paragraphs 22 and 23 was a study that said natural immunity works.

The story said, "At the Cleveland Clinic, none of 1,359 health care workers who remained unvaccinated after having Covid-19 tested positive for the virus over many months, noted Dr. Nabin Shrestha, an infectious disease physician at the clinic.

"But the findings must be interpreted with caution, he acknowledged. The clinic tested only people who were visibly ill, and may have missed reinfections that did not produce symptoms. The participants were 39 years old on average, so the results may not apply to older adults, who would be more likely to become infected again." 

Yes because we know how working at a hospital never exposes you to viruses.

But who knows how much truth there is in her story? It may have been 900,000 health care workers or it may be that the 1,359 keeled over and died gasping for air.

And that is my whole point. That byline is a warning that the story could be error-prone because the reporter does not know what she is doing.

Newspapers used to fire or force out reporters who filed FUBAR stories. Even the New York Times did. Remember Jayson Blair?

But we live in an unenlightened age where Pulitzers are handed out for promoting Russian Collusion, a discredited conspiracy theory paid for by Hillary Clinton.

Instead of holding Mandavilli accountable, NYT published a correction which signaled its virtue as it pretended a correction fixed the problem. The real corrective would be to fire her because without a penalty, she will remain careless, as will others at NYT who notice how little the truth matters to the NYT.

34 comments:

  1. In the Ivy League, it's called a "gentleman's C".

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  2. I trust nothing, NOTHING, that the NYT prints. Same goes for the WaPoo, too!

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  3. Ever watch a football game? Not one of the "news" people has ever had an original thought in their professional lives. "I spoke to Coach Fubar, and he said that..." or in the booth, "When we talked to him last night, he said that..."

    They are stenographers. They get somebody to say something, write it down, and read it back.

    News media just does the same thing slightly differently. "...according to sources who required anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the subject," and were probably lying.

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    1. “Coach Fubar.” That’s pretty good, Son!

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  4. When there is NO accountability, there is NO credibility.

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  5. We live in a post-truth age: truth or falsity doesn't matter as long as the story reinforces the accepted narrative.

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  6. March 2020 Brian Williams Makes Mortifying Math Blunder

    MSNBC Brian Williams and NY Times Mara Gay report on MSNBC that Michael Bloomberg spent 500 million on his presidential campaign and that would be enough to give every American a million dollars

    And the beat goes on.

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  8. It is much more dangerous to get the vax if you have already had Covid.
    The vax makes 1 of the 3 spike proteins found on the outside of the bug and the spike protein from the vax often times locate in the heart which is a know problem. Your body then attacks the locations massively and you get clots and enlargement of the brain or heart.
    Your immune if you already had covid so just skip it the vax if you know you had the bug. I just had Delta and now I'm good. Did the horse paste.

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    1. How did you get the horse paste? Can't get a Dr to prescribe it down here in SW FL

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    3. Google River Pharmacy inCanada. I did! Delivery took a few weeks. From India. I didn’t get horse past I got 12mg tablets. They came in foil packages just like over the counter cold meds from any Walmart. I’ll store them until I need them. Nothing to lose.

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    4. Trump's owner, if you're willing to settle for the paste, you can treat your sick horse at Tractor Supply.

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    5. Thanks Jim. I'll give it a shot

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    6. T.O., you can give Dr. Evans a call in California, that's where I got my paste. Wilbur, a friend of mine, told me about him. Great with horses going bald...just ask Mr. Ed!!!

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    7. We too got the pills from India through the Canadian pharmacy. It took about four weeks, so you have to plan ahead.

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  9. CW2, baby. The ONLY way out of this conundrum.

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  10. Thanks for convincing me the paper the NY Times is printed on for declining numbers of readers of its paper version is not safe to line the cage of my parrot, Fred.

    Not that I needed the convincing.

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  11. This woman is everything, everything that is wrong with journalism today. She should be fired. Not, not, not a real journalist. This profession is dead. I thank God I worked in the good years as a journalist who reported the facts and told both sides of the story to let the readers make up their minds. My opinion simply didn't matter.

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  12. Oh, and Let's Go Brandon. FJB.

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  13. Looks like Moderna is not going to make boosters mandatory. hmmm.

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  14. I am surprised Mandavilli hasn’t been promoted after this.

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  15. WHERE are "the usual suspects"?? My comment was 3! hours ago!

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    1. On this platform, I find that comments either publish immediately (c. 99% of the time), or they get eaten. When that happens, there's usually a little icon showing a shattered "G" to try to tell you that. I at least copy the text into a notepad window (or at least highlight the whole text with click-and-drag, then right-click and click on "Copy") before I click on "Publish" - so that if it gets eaten, I just try again.

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  18. I think her last name is actually spelled: Machiavelli

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  19. Bigger lies have been told. That doesn't make this any better but it's not nearly as shocking as it should be. I'm not even old enough to be concerned but I read about the devistating effect of Walter Cronkite telling America that we lost the TET offensive. It's considered a turning point in the Vietnam war and it was completely fabricated. To this day no one knows why he said it or where the info came from as it was as succcessful as the military personelle who planned it had hoped. Yet here we are, 50 years later and no wiser as to how someone entrusted to bring the news to the american public over airwaves we all own could so deliberitely lie and go to the grave with no loss of credibility over it.

    This is the machine. It doesn't lie, it just hides the truth it doesn't want you to see. It calls you crazy when you question them on it and adds pejoritive statements like "The Big Lie" or "Vast Right Wing Conspiracy" to the begging of responses to info that may lead someone to believe they have not been told the whole truth.

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  22. Let's Go Brandon
    FJB
    Pete Bootyfudge for President

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