CNN humiliated after firestorm claiming 38% of Americans wouldn’t drink Corona beer due to coronavirus

CNN is under fire for more “fake news” in a new story suggesting Americans are avoiding Corona beer due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The wording of a CNN Business article claimed that sales of Corona beer are suffering and that 38 percent of Americans won’t buy Corona beer because of the pandemic.

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“Corona beer isn’t making any changes to its advertising despite the name’s unfortunate similarity to the deadly coronavirus,” the CNN Business post, by Jordan Valinsky, stated. “Constellation Brands (STZ), which brews several variations of the popular lager, said in a statement that its customers ‘understand there is no link between the virus and our business.'”

But the article went on to cite a recent survey that showed 38 percent of Americans “would not buy Corona beer ‘under any circumstances’ because of the outbreak.”

According to CNN:

Two surveys released this week show that the Corona’s brand is suffering from negative buzz.
5W Public Relations said that 38% of Americans wouldn’t buy Corona “under any circumstances” because of the outbreak, and another 14% said they wouldn’t order a Corona in public. The survey encompasses polling from 737 beer drinkers in the United States.

 

But the claim soon came under fire as it became clear that the CNN article had added a few keywords to the survey results.

The phrase “because of the outbreak” in the quote was apparently not part of the survey but added by CNN.

“Constellation Brands’ stock dropped 8% on Thursday, although the entire stock market has fallen sharply as fear grows about the spread of coronavirus,” the CNN article added.

Twitter user Hank Green spelled out the problems with the post in a series of tweets.

Other Twitter users also weighed in on the misleading claim that seemed to imply more than one-third of beer-drinking Americans wouldn’t buy Corona under any circumstances because of the virus.

Frieda Powers

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