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NYT, The Hill Publish False Info on Trump Denying Food Stamp Waiver in Puerto Rico

Both publications issued corrections, but not before the false information had been shared thousands of times on social media.

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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.

Newsweek tweeted the story as well:

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 Timescorrection 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.