USA Today correction gives readers a reason to rethink vacation plans

A recent correction USA Today correction reminds us that some objects may appear closer than they really are:

A story July 12 about the discovery of a “blue planet” orbiting a distant star misstated its distance from Earth. It is 372 trillion miles away. (So you might want to rethink your travel plans.)

The correction appeared on USA Today’s correction page but not on the actual story.

As reader Paul Renault later pointed out in the comments section of this Poynter.org story: “And they need to issue a correction on the correction. I didn’t read the original article, but I’m guessing that the phrase was supposed to be “..that blue planet orbiting a distant star t ..” He’s right.

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  • http://www.poynter.org Poynter

    Thanks, Paul! Good catch. USA Today did have a typo in its correction. I’ve updated our post to reflect your point.

    ~Mallary Tenore

  • Paul Renault

    And they need to issue a correction on the correction. I didn’t read the original article, but I’m guessing that the phrase was supposed to be “..that blue planet orbiting a distant star t ..”