Friday, April 29, 2005

Times Correction Watch (Part Two)

The Times ran an actual, bona fide correction today! First I've seen in a while. Seems some genius misidentified a firm that ran an abusive tax shelter, naming a firm in Vermont with the same name as the alleged culprit.

Interestingly, I could hardly tell the difference between this actual, bona fide correction and the "for the record" corrections the Times usually runs. It was a serious error, but serious errors often are corrected in the "for the record" section. I guess what made the difference was that the Times could have been sued over this.

Is that what it takes to get the Times to run a an actual, bona fide correction? Does it have to be bad enough to warrant a lawsuit if not corrected?

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