At the bottom of other corrections including dropping the byline on an article about sous vide cooking, we have this, back on Thursday:
A Sept. 23 Metro article about people coming to Washington for the Sept. 24 demonstration against the war in Iraq described Patrice Cuddy, 56, of Olathe, Kan., as a novice protester. Cuddy had participated in three other large rallies against the war, two in Washington and one in New York.
Is that all there is? I don't think so, starting with Chris Hall's work at his Spacecraft blog, where he found an entry in which a Patrice Cuddy of Kansas City, Mo., identifies herself as the following:
"Life long Labor Democrat, arms-control, peace, environmental activist since the mid 1970s - Currently working with 501C3s and the Kansas City Greens who were brought together against the War on Iraq."
Perhaps at the Post you can be an activist for thirty years without necessarily ending your status as a novice protester--according to its correction, it's only the three other antiwar rallies that muddied her alleged inexperience as a protester.
But hey, the Post doesn't really view this as a mistake.Get a load of this: As of 6:29 pm, Sunday Oct. 9, a little internal note has (mistakenly I'm sure) made it through to the online correction attached to the story. Boldface added by me:
A Sept. 23 Metro article about people coming to Washington for the Sept. 24 demonstration against the war in Iraq described ^ (don't want to say "incorrectly" in this case) Patrice Cuddy, 56, of Olathe, Kan., as a novice protester. Cuddy had participated in three other large rallies against the war, two in Washington and one in New York.
Picture endless conversations between reporter Petula Dvorak and Post editors about whether it is truly "incorrect" to say that Cuddy is a novice after attending "only" three other rallies.
And why don't online corrections link back to the story being fixed?
And how was the mistake made? Did ANSWER present her as Jane Q. Mom? Did Cuddy herself? It matters.
Update: Greetings, Instanistas. You might also be interested in this item posted on Wednesday, when I asked a Post Metro editor in a live chat about coverage of the antiwar protests.