Both publications issued corrections, but not before the false information had been shared thousands of times on social media.
The New York Times made a major error this week when it claimed the Trump administration had denied Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló a waiver “permitting hurricane victims in Puerto Rico to use food stamps at fast-food restaurants.”
The Hill republished the story with a focus on the Trump administration’s alleged denial.
The story made the rounds in liberal circles. Progressive group Stand Up America called the decision “heartless” in a Facebook post ‘liked’ 24,000 times and shared by more than 11,000 users. Liberal activist Scott Dworkin tweeted the Hill story, and received 770 retweets.
Trump denies Puerto Rico request to let hurricane victims use food stamps for hot meals—while he was in Puerto Rico. https://t.co/WqxLYfmdSU
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) October 4, 2017
Newsweek tweeted the story as well:
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) October 4, 2017
And a Twitter account called “Impeach Donald Trump,” with 277,000 followers, tweeted the story.
The only problem? The information was wrong. Here’s the Times‘ correction on Wednesday:
Because of an editing error, an earlier version of this article misstated the status of a request from Gov. Ricardo Rosselló that the federal government grant a waiver permitting hurricane victims in Puerto Rico to use food stamps at fast-food restaurants. The Department of Agriculture granted the waiver on Sept. 30; it was not still pending on Tuesday.
And here’s The Hill‘s correction:
This post was updated at 8:01 p.m. to reflect the waiver’s approval.
Here at NTK Network, we boldly predict the correction will be shared less than the original, false information.
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