Politico issued a correction after mainstream media outlets were criticized over falsely connecting a theory about the COVID vaccine to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
The outlet had stated that Thomas suggests COVID vaccines are developed using the cells of aborted children, a view he noted concerning workers in a recent case but did not state that he held.
Politico issues correction after falsely claiming Clarence Thomas promoted COVID vaccine-aborted fetus theoryhttps://t.co/0hQhpJ15B6
— Fox News (@FoxNews) July 1, 2022
“On Friday, Politico issued a correction reading, ‘An earlier version of this report misattributed the claim that Covid-19 vaccines were ‘developed using cell lines derived from aborted children’ to Thomas. The headline and article have been updated to directly state that Thomas was referencing petitioners’ claims,'” Fox News noted.
“The headline was also changed to, ‘Clarence Thomas cites claim that Covid vaccines are “developed using cell lines derived from aborted children,”‘” it added.
Clarence Thomas correctly cited a factually accurate objection to the COVID vaccines–that they were developed using a cell line derived from aborted babies. NBC News, Politico, and Axios went after him anyway. https://t.co/Hxu5SuwOoe
— Tim Carney (@TPCarney) July 1, 2022
The correction shows at least some accountability after spreading false information about Thomas.
The news may also lead to other outlets making a similar correction or being more careful with future Supreme Court reports.