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Flashback: Media Trump test on vaccine predictions – and failed miserably

One look at media attempts to re-evaluate President Trump's predictions about the availability of a COVID-19 vaccine shows exactly why journalism is a dying industry.

The country's first Covid-19 vaccines were given on Monday. President Trump predicted this ahead of the election.

Today he celebrated.

"First vaccine administered," tweeted Trump. “Congratulations USA! Congratulations WORLD! "

The President predicted that day would come in record time.

"We want to get it by the end of the year if we can, maybe before that," Trump said at an event at the White House in May.

"The vaccination work looks VERY promising before the end of the year," he also tweeted.

Not wanting the president to celebrate an achievement he saw on the horizon, the media pounced on his prediction and declared it false news.

First vaccine administered. Congratulations USA! Congratulations WORLD!

– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 14, 2020

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Media fact-checkers got it wrong about the vaccine, Trump was right

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NBC News was a major media show that was only too happy to try and turn President Trump's vaccine prediction into a supposed example of fake news.

As if the role of the media is to serve as the nostradamus of the news world.

NBC predicted the president would "need a miracle" for a vaccine to be ready before the new year.

"President Donald Trump has suggested several times that a coronavirus vaccine could be available within months. An accelerated time span that, according to prominent health experts and experienced vaccine developers, is probably no wonder," they wrote under the guise of a "fact check."

They continued, "Experts say that there is at least another 12 to 18 months free for the public to develop, test and manufacture a vaccine and that anything else would be a medical miracle."

To paraphrase the late great Hans Gruber: "You asked for miracles, Theo, I will give you the POTUS."

NBC Fact Check: Coronavirus Vaccine Could Come This Year, Trump Says. Experts say it takes a miracle to be right. Http://t.co/Pu6hDrWGgP

– Kyle Griffin (@ kylegriffin1) May 15, 2020

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More media errors

We certainly wouldn't want to single out NBC News as the only media show that believed it could review President Trump's prediction about a vaccine and it failed miserably.

NPR ran a column on an FDA adviser, an official at one of the slowest and most regulated government organizations in America, until Trump got on board. The rapid arrival of a COVID vaccine is simply "not realistic".

MSNBC managed to find an expert who said the idea of ​​a vaccine by January was "absurd".

There were others …

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– Jake Schneider (@jacobkschneider) December 12, 2020

And others …

They still think we should take them seriously pic.twitter.com/vM5IurHB9Z

– Jake Schneider (@jacobkschneider) December 12, 2020

Special shouts to NBC, however, as they re-checked President Trump for his vaccine forecast back in August.

"We are delivering life-saving therapies and will have a vaccine before the end of the year or maybe even sooner!" Trump claimed in his GOP congressional speech.

"That's largely wrong," wrote NBC.

Where are all the media reports checking their own fake news about the COVID-19 vaccine? Where's the apology to the president? The humble admission that any self-respecting news organization should stick to actual facts, not the ones they make up?

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