CNN anchor Don Lemon tweeted out a photo Monday evening that generated immediate backlash online.
"My #measles shot scar from childhood. Do we still need it?" he asked on Twitter.
My #measles shot scar from childhood. Do we still need it? Doctor answers on @CnnTonight 10pET. Use #VaccineQspic.twitter.com/gjoXbRflFx— Don Lemon (@donlemon) February 3, 2015
The problem? The scar Lemon tweeted was likely not caused by a Measles shot, but rather from Smallpox vaccine — and Twitter users were quick to point that out.
"That's smallpox vaccine," one individual tweeted to him.
@thegrandfinalle@donlemon That’s no #measles vaccine. That’s smallpox vaccine.— Xavier Tello (@StratCons) February 3, 2015
@donlemon@CNNTonight sir that's smallpox and we don't even get those anymore (in the US)— Brianna Leigh (@raininblack) February 3, 2015
"Once in a while could you do some research before you say something?" another chimed in.
@donlemon@CNNTonight once in a while could you do some research before you say something?— John Ratnaswamy (@JohnRSports) February 3, 2015
"[P]ut a shirt on," yet another told Lemon.
@someofmybest@donlemon@CNNTonight additionally, put a shirt on— harriet (@lqpharriet) February 3, 2015
The CNN anchor ultimately issued a correction shortly thereafter.
"It's a smallpox scar but all given in the sane cluster," he wrote.
It's a smallpox scar but all given in the sane cluster. #VaccineQs— Don Lemon (@donlemon) February 3, 2015
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