Accuracy in Media

On Tuesday, a Yahoo News reporter cited an incorrect coronavirus statistic when asking President Donald Trump a question, but the New York Times failed to report on the correction.

The reporter, Hunter Walker, asked Trump about coronavirus testing and how South Korea was outpacing the U.S.

“South Korea has done five times more tests than the U.S. per capita. Why is that?” Walker asked.

“I don’t believe that’s true,” Trump said. After a back-and-forth between Walker and the president, Dr. Deborah Birx corrected Walker’s statistic and said that the U.S. had caught up to South Korea in coronavirus testing.

The New York Times did not publish an article about the Walker-Trump disagreement and how statistics proved the president was speaking the truth.

The newspaper has consistently reported on negative news surrounding the president but avoided content that would portray the president in a favorable light. For example, the newspaper published a running list of the president’s alleged lies, but it did not praise Trump for his handling of the economy pre-coronavirus.

Walker tweeted his apology for his mistake.

“In the Oval Office, I asked about test rates and infection rates compared to South Korea,” he tweeted. “President Trump and Dr. Birx said I was wrong that they’ve done more tests per capita. Trump said I should apologize. They did not address multiple questions about our higher infection rate.”

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