3d ultrasound of 21 week old fetus

The Atlantic Publishes Fake News, Then Will Not Admit It Had to Correct Itself

The other day I wrote about this anti-science article in the Atlantic where a comparative literature student makes up a bunch of stuff about ultrasounds to claim they provide no meaningful information to pregnant mothers.

One of the claims is that the heartbeat the baby makes is not really a heart beat. “At six weeks, the ‘heartbeat’ is not audible; it is visible, a flickering that takes place between 120 and 160 times per minute on a black-and-white playback screen,” the anti-science nutter wrote.

That is, by the way, fake news. It is not in any way, shape, or form true. The Washington Free Beacon realized the Atlantic made that go down the memory hole without ever actually noting a correction.

The Mayo Clinic states on its website that “just four weeks after conception, the neural tube along your baby’s back is closing and your baby’s heart is pumping blood.”

The Atlantic later deleted the sentence from the story, dropping any mention that heartbeats captured by ultrasound were imaginary.

Multiple other errors and imagined nonsense showed up too, but the Atlantic failed to note those corrections after being pretty savage to other news organizations that do the same thing.

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