Our old friend Ann Scott Tyson had the misfortune of misreporting that 12 miners had survived that terrible mine disaster in Sago, but let's not go crazy and describe the fix as a correction. It's a clarification, as shown by the current note appended to the original story, at left. The update blames parties other than multilayered fact-checking professional journalists.
This is a very sad day and I don't want to convey an inappropriate tone. But entirely separate from this disaster and its mishandling by mainstream media, we have the amusing spectable of a newspaper painfully reluctant to concede it's responsible for screwing up. Yes, this is the very same paper that, like its colleagues, repeatedly criticizes President Bush for never admitting mistakes.
And I see the Post finally--and, as I'd expected, secretly--got around to correcting its hilarious copy-editor's note that had been unintentionaly included on a clarification to a Petula Dvorak story published Sept. 23 that falsely described one Patrice Cuddy as a "novice protestor." As I noted on Oct. 9, the correction, which doesn't even fully record Cuddy's history as an activist, read as follows:
"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."
Bold added. I've blogged about that from time to time, and as recently as Dec. 19 it was still there. Now it's gone. Without a word to anyone, and by the way Washington Post, I see you crawl my site, so you're welcome!