Video shows Canadian comedian, not New York Times editor
CLAIM: Video shows a New York Times editor, Carlos Tejada, talking about taking the booster shot the same day he died of a heart attack.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The video shows Stewart Reynolds, a comedian from Canada.
THE FACTS: A humorous video of Reynolds announcing he’d just taken his booster shot and encouraging people to do the same, circulated on Twitter with false claims stating it shows Tejada, deputy Asia editor of The New York Times, who died of a heart attack in late December.
“NYT EDITOR MAKES VIDEO ABOUT TAKING HIS 3RD BOOSTER & DIES THE SAME DAY OF A HEART ATTACK,” read the erroneous caption on the video of Reynolds.
Reynolds posted the video on Twitter on Dec. 17 with the caption: “HOW MANY SHOTS WILL WE NEED TO GET?”
He addressed the false claims on Twitter on Monday: “It was brought to my attention today that one of my videos has been edited into an anti-vaccination clip suggesting that I died after my booster shot and that I’m a NYT editor…To clarify, and as is plainly evident: I am not a NYT editor.”
Tejada died on Dec. 17 at a hospital in Seoul. His wife Nora Tejada said that he died of a heart attack.
Danielle Rhoades Ha, a spokesperson for The New York Times, wrote in an email to The Associated Press that Tejada received a COVID-19 booster shot in Seoul on Dec. 17.
The hospital in Seoul that Tejada was admitted to declined to comment on his death, citing local medical law.
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