Media ‘fact checks’ on Trump’s vaccine prediction didn’t age well

Media ‘fact checks’ on Trump’s vaccine prediction didn’t age well

The country’s first COVID-19 vaccinations were administered on Monday. The year still has 17 days left in it. Which is a roundabout way of saying that Donald Trump’s prediction that we would have a vaccine before year’s end has proved to be accurate.

In May, he tweeted:

Typically, the media pooh-poohed Trump’s forecast while chanting the mantra “Science, science, science.” NBC News got the ball rolling with a “fact check” (they actually called it that) that claimed the president would “need a miracle” for a vaccine to be ready before the new year:

President Donald Trump has suggested multiple times that a coronavirus vaccine could come within months, an accelerated timeline that prominent health experts and veteran vaccine developers say is unlikely absent a miracle. … [E]xperts say that the development, testing and production of a vaccine for the public is still at least 12 to 18 months off. …

NPR joined the chorus of naysayers with a column quoting an FDA adviser, who said the timeline was “not realistic.” MSNBC, for its part, managed to find an expert who said the idea of a vaccine by January is “preposterous.

There were others:

And still others:

A special shout-out however goes to NBC News, which “fact-checked” Trump on his vaccine prediction a second time in August, following the president’s claim in his GOP convention speech that “we are delivering lifesaving therapies, and will produce a vaccine before the end of the year, or maybe even sooner.”

“This is largely false,” NBC wrote.

What I want to know now is where are all the media reports fact-checking their own reports on the COVID-19 vaccine?

Cross posted at the Mental Recession

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is editor of the Mental Recession, one of the top conservative blogs of 2012. His writings have appeared at the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record.


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