British broadcaster Sky News breathlessly reported on the COVID death of “anti-vax” Olympic gold medallist Szilveszter Csollany, before admitting later in the article that he was vaccinated. Well, this is awkward. The 51-year-old Hungarian, who was the 2000 Sydney Olympics rings champion, had been hospitalised since December with the illness, a stay which included weeks on a ventilator. Citing Hungarian media outlet Blikk, Sky News reported that Csollany had “expressed anti-vaccination views on social media.” This led the news outlet to headline the article ‘Anti-vax’ Olympic gold medallist dies of COVID’, clearly suggesting that the athlete had decided not to get the vaccine and that this contributed to his death.
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