Deadline Accidentally Publishes Then Retracts Article Declaring Mike Pence Tested Positive For COVID-19

Deadline on Thursday apologized for accidentally posting the draft of a story claiming Vice President Mike Pence had tested positive for the coronavirus. The post was quickly removed and the outlet released a statement regarding the error:

A draft post of a story about Vice President Mike Pence testing positive for coronavirus that was never meant to publish was accidently [sic] posted on Deadline. It was pulled down immediately. It never should have been posted and Deadline will take steps to see this kind of thing never happens again. Apologies to the Vice President and our readers. We regret the error.

While it may seem like yet another example of media bias, it is more likely that Deadline had the article prepared just in case such news broke, since President Donald Trump, his wife Melania, and many members of his inner circle had all tested positive.

This kind of thing happens fairly regularly with celebrity deaths. Many major news outlets have obituaries prewritten for celebrities, even younger stars, just in case. Every once in a while, one of these obituaries gets published before the person has actually died. Read more…

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