Deadline apologizes after mistakenly publishing draft story claiming VP Pence has CORONAVIRUS, driving speculation | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Deadline apologizes after mistakenly publishing draft story claiming VP Pence has CORONAVIRUS, driving speculation

The online entertainment news site Deadline has issued a mea culpa after accidentally publishing a draft story claiming Vice President Mike Pence had contracted Covid-19, fueling a flurry of rumors about the VP’s health.

The premature story went well beyond the type of placeholder draft that news organizations often create for obituaries, featuring wild speculation from “armchair epidemiologists” who conjectured that Pence’s ‘bloody eye’ seen during Wednesday night’s VP debate indicated a coronavirus infection. An anonymous senior Trump administration official has since provided a far more mundane explanation, telling Politico the redness was caused by a burst blood vessel.

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