Student did not try to make ‘lasting impression vagina first,’ TV station says in retraction

WSOC-TV | The Huffington Post
WSOC-TV in Charlotte, N.C., has published one of the most eye-searing retractions to cross my screen in some time: A series of reports that a student photographed in a yearbook had exposed her genitalia to the camera was based not on the photograph, but on “MERELY THE UNSUPPORTED OPINION OF ONE OF THE PARENTS OF A STUDENT AT THE HIGH SCHOOL.” (Most of the retraction is, for some reason, in all-caps.)

There are a few other things WSOC needs to clear up:

SOME OF THESE ARTICLES CONTAINED STATEMENTS TO THE EFFECT THAT THE YOUNG LADY STOOD AND LIFTED HER GOWN WAIST HIGH AND INTENTIONALLY EXPOSED HER BARE GENITALS AND PRIVATE PARTS IN ORDER TO MAKE A LASTING IMPRESSION AND LEGACY AT HER ALMA MATER; THAT THE YOUNG LADY THOUGHT ABOUT MAKING THIS LASTING IMPRESSION VAGINA FIRST; THAT THE YEAR BOOK CONTAINED PORNOGRAPHY; AND THAT THERE MIGHT BE SOME CONSIDERATION BY THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT OF CRIMINAL CHARGES OR POSSIBLE CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES.

The original articles have been removed, the retraction says. The station’s original report, which quotes a school parent but shows only her shoes, is preserved on The Huffington Post.

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  • Anonymous

    A good attorney explained libel law to the TV station in terms they could understand; he probably used short words and lots of pictures.  The all caps was a nice touch.  I suspect the attorney wrote the statement for the TV station to post;  I would have also insisted that an anchor person repeat the statement during all newscasts from early morning to late at night.  

    The humiliation for the TV station in response to this sloppy reporting must have been exquisite.

  • http://twitter.com/EditorMark Mark Allen

    The next line in the correction also has comedic value: UPON CLOSER EXAMINATION, THESE STATEMENTS ARE IN ERROR.  

  • http://twitter.com/EditorMark Mark Allen

    The next line in the correction also has comedic value: UPON CLOSER EXAMINATION, THESE STATEMENTS ARE IN ERROR.