Earlier this year, NBC News Fact Check ran the headline: “Coronavirus vaccine could come this year, Trump says. Experts say he needs a ‘miracle’ to be right.” Today, as healthcare workers started receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, NBC confirmed that Trump is, in fact, a miracle worker.
Cesar Conde, chairman of NBCUniversal and current chief of NBC News held a press conference announcing the finding. “Our fact checking division is once again correct in assessing that it would take a miracle for Trump to be right about a vaccine coming this year, and our practice of relying on unnamed expert sources is vindicated. We can all be thankful that a miracle has occurred.”
Other fact checking organizations within the media were quick to line up behind NBC’s lead.
PolitiFact, operated by the nonprofit Poynter Institute for Media Studies, acknowledged Trump’s status as a miracle worker in a brief statement, “Our Truth-O-Meter fact check rating for the original NBC News Fact Check is True. Fact checking relies entirely on facts, and we follow those facts wherever they lead us. In this case, it is indisputable that a miracle must have occurred, exactly as predicted by the NBC News Fact Check team. Our congratulations to them on this outstanding fact checking achievement.”
FactCheck.org was more circumspect in its confirmation of the miracle, stating: “A senior source within the Trump Administration has suggested this was not a miracle. but rather the result of a deregulated free market incentivizing private industry to innovate. Obviously, that is
not what happened. So, we reluctantly acknowledge the presence of some sort of miracle, although we question whether it was a supernatural miracle performed by a deity or some sort of agnostic miracle. We are currently reviewing our policies on fact checking of miracles.”
Snopes and the Washington Post’s FactChecker both declined comment while awaiting a ruling from the Vatican’s council on miracles.