The Los Angeles Times deleted a tweet about President Donald Trump on Thursday evening. The tweet uncritically cited the president’s proclamation that a coronavirus vaccine would be immediately available, which is an unfounded claim.
“We deleted a previous tweet because it did not meet our editorial standards,” tweeted the Times report Thursday night.
The original Tweeter in question said: “We provide life-saving therapies. We will be producing a vaccine by the end of the year – or maybe even sooner, ”President Trump said during his # RNC2020 speech.
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The tweet linked to a Times article about Trump’s speech on the fourth night of the Republican National Convention, claiming it aimed to “rekindle” support for his “feathered” re-election campaign.
Another tweeted the promotion of this same article took a more factual approach, describing the scene from the fourth night of the RNC: “Sitting side by side in narrow rows of chairs, crowd listening to President Trump # RNC2020 the speech was mostly unmasked and barely larger than the number of Americans who died from COVID-19 on Wednesday.
Before deletion, a reader on Twitter said Trump’s claim was “lies” and urged the Times to do more fact-checking instead of just repeating Trump’s words. Journalist Ashley Spencer too, rang the document for quoting the president on a supposed timeline of the vaccine “without giving any context that it was totally unfounded.”
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