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Ex-NY Times reporter Alex Berenson rips New Yorker for ‘panic porn’ over coronavirus hospitalization reporting

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Former New York Times journalist Alex Berenson known as out The New Yorker for reporting coronavirus hospitalization figures that the journal later admitted have been inaccurate.

In a chunk printed final Friday titled “As New York Reaches a Coronavirus Landmark, Parts of Red America Are Facing a Potential Disaster,” New Yorker author John Cassidy initially wrote that in Florida, “12,673 people were hospitalized, compared to the 8,553 a month ago, according to the COVID Tracking Project.”

On Saturday, Berenson known as out the error in what he described as “panic porn.”

“It should come as no surprise that the most crucial and scariest fact in this New Yorker piece of panic porn is wrong: @johncassidy reports that 12,673 people ‘are hospitalized’ in Florida with #coronavirus, up 4,000 in a month. Nope…” Berenson started a Twitter thread. “12,673 HAVE BEEN hospitalized in Florida since hospitalizations began in March. The vast majority of those patients are home now. Florida has never had over ~2,000 people hospitalized with #Covid, 3.5% of its total hospital beds. Which presents a slightly different picture.”

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He continued, “Saddest part is that @johncassidy is generally a good reporter. And ~13,000 hospitalizations would be a big number – almost as many as NY at the peak. But the media is so in love with the disaster narrative, so ready to believe the worst, that that figure raises no eyebrows.”

After he additional pressed The New Yorker on Sunday, the journal ultimately modified the article to learn, “In Florida, 12,673 people have been hospitalized, compared with a cumulative total of 8,553 a month ago, according to the COVID Tracking Project.”

It additionally added a be aware to the underside of the report: “A previous version of this piece incorrectly described Florida’s hospitalization count.”

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Berenson piled on the journal, suggesting that it did not emphasize its correction strongly sufficient.

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“Journalism in 2020 (there is a correction note at the bottom, where no one will see it)…” Berenson tweeted. “Sad part is I’m half-surprised they fixed it at all. Guess they had no choice.”

The New Yorker didn’t instantly reply to Fox Information’ request for remark.

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