Dispelling Puerto Rico’s ‘Covid Crisis’: Tweeting @NYT Worked


Tweeting is part of The Lost & Found Year(s): Covid Trip Report.

This morning I made the mistake of starting my day by reading the news. I was immediately concerned when I read an article in the NYT titled, “Puerto Rico, Still Reeling from Old Disasters, Is Slammed by Covid-19.” I wondered how long I had been asleep. Until now, constitutional or not, we have been under extreme lock-down. The result has been a reported low infection and death rate. Was this a lie? Was Covid spreading all over Puerto Rico and not being reported? The answer is no. The article was about the economic repercussions of the pandemic, a newsworthy event in itself.

I don’t know why the NYT and other publications feel the need to sensationalize headlines about Puerto Rico (see “Puerto Rico Rocked by Earthquake”: Enough Dramatic Headlines), which is why I proceeded to tweet at the author of the article expressing my frustration.

To my surprise, the journalist responded.

To my delight, the NYT changed the headline.

In today’s lie after lie world (see Social Distance Yourself from Misinformation), the acknowledgment that the wording could have been better and a correction was refreshing to see.



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