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Two New York Times stories questioned after central numbers don’t add up

Two recent New York Times articles included significant numerical errors that elicited howls of protest from readers and critics.

In each case, the wrong number was core to the story’s central thesis, leading some to suggest the entire article should have been retracted or completely altered.

Both mistakes highlight how mistaken numbers, once revealed, can become the story, rather than the article itself.

First error: Wall Street psychopaths

On May 12, the Times published an opinion article, “Capitalists and Other Psychopaths,” that stated, “A recent study found that 10 percent of people who work on Wall Street are ‘clinical psychopaths’ and that they exhibit an ‘unparalleled capacity for lying, fabrication, and manipulation.’ ”

In the Daily Beast, Edward Jay Epstein tracked the origin of the claim to a report in The Week about the work of Canadian forensic psychologist Robert Hare. That piece had based its report on an article in CFA Magazine. Read more

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The Los Angeles Times mistakenly turned an oral exam into a “moral” one:

State bar: An article in the May 17 LATExtra section about the California Supreme Court considering a request by the state bar to allow an illegal immigrant to practice law said that Sergio C. Garcia had passed a written test and a moral examination. It was an oral examination.

Thanks to Steve Lamont for emailing it in.

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Reporter fired after attributing lack of softball stats to ‘coach’s bullshit and laziness’

Louisiana-based journalist Jeannine LeJeune tweeted this part of an article that she said appeared in Thursday’s edition of the Rayne Independent:

I asked LeJeune if there was a byline on the piece; she said there wasn’t. The paper does not have a website, but I followed up for more details.

In the meantime: Wow.

Jim Romenesko reported Friday that Kade Seibold, the reporter responsible for the story, has been fired. The newspaper’s general manager told Romenesko that the reporter meant to take the line out when he got the stats, but he forgot.

“I was writing the article and I was beginning to get frustrated because I didn’t have the proper information to write it [but] that’s no excuse,” Seibold told Romenesko. “I was wrong, but I think the punishment is very stiff.”

In response to LeJeune, Seibold tweeted this morning:

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U.K. tabloid the Daily Mirror apologizes for saying that a female musician was one of many women who supposedly slept with a well known BBC DJ:

Following our article of 1 May 2012 in which it was reported that Lyn Paul of the New Seekers was a “conquest” of Tony Blackburn, Ms Paul has contacted us to say that she merely shared a dinner date with Tony Blackburn and neither slept with him nor had a relationship with him.  We are happy to make this clear and apologise to Ms Paul for any upset caused.

Via Tabloid Watch

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‘Abraham Lincoln invented Facebook’ tale was the perfect shareable story

This week, a powerful, infinitely shareable blog post was picked up by many news sites and shared online an astounding number of times. The story was that Abraham Lincoln had filed a patent application for an idea that was remarkably similar to Facebook, albeit using more rudimentary media.

“How could it not get attention? Abe Lincoln, pretty much inventing Facebook!” writes Megan Garber in an in-depth look at the story for The Atlantic.

It was a hoax. Of course it was.

But, oh boy, was it fun when people thought it was true! And there you have a big reason it was such a big hit for the hoaxster behind it, Nate St. Pierre.

Garber outlines some of the reasons the story was so captivating:

This was such a good story. You wanted it to be true — not just as a fun fact, or as an easy Internet Shareable, or as a reminder of the psychic continuity between past and present, or as a Campbellian myth of the banality of heroism, or as a Buellerian tale of the obvious productivity of truancy … but also because, I mean, Lincoln inventing Facebook.

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Daily Mail reporter can’t explain how false report got published

After publishing a false report about a dentist who pulled all of her ex-boyfriend’s teeth in revenge, a reporter for the Daily Mail’s website now says he’s unable to explain exactly where the story came from.

“I’ve drawn a bit of a blank,” MailOnline journalist Simon Tomlinson told msnbc.com, which has a look at how the hoax story spread far and wide. “The (Daily) Mail Foreign Service, which did the piece for the paper, is really just an umbrella term for copy put together from agencies. My news desk isn’t sure where exactly it came from.”

So it appears his byline was slapped on a story he had nothing to do with. A story that his editors seem to have no information about, that came from unnamed agencies, and was rewritten by … well, whom?

To call this strange is a massive understatement. MailOnline doesn’t seem to be able to explain how this story ended up on its website. Read more

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Washington Post writer turns Benedict Cumberbatch into ‘Bandersnatch Cummerbund’

At first I guessed it was a spell-check error that transformed fantastically-named “Sherlock” actor Benedict Cumberbatch into “Bandersnatch Cummerbund” in a Washington Post story, but I was wrong.

(Via @Alex_Ogle and @sstummeafp)

It was also in the online version:

However, msnbc.com reporter Alex Johnson thought it was a deliberate bit by the writer, Lisa de Moraes:

Turns out, he was right. Washington Post senior social media producer T. J. Ortenzi says it was intentional, and we can expect to see something from de Moraes soon explaining the name choice:

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Three U.K. publishers pay damages for false accusations

Three major U.K. publishers last week apologized and paid damages to an Algerian man they accused of being a “gangster” and offering a safe house to terrorists, among other false claims. The publishers removed the offending pieces from their websites and published online notices about the apology and a recent court appearance.

Here’s the apology from Metro U.K.:

Metro and other publishers yesterday told the High Court they had paid substantial damages to an Algerian man for wrongly reporting that he offered a safe house in France to British al-Qaeda terrorists.

Associated Newspapers, the publisher of MailOnline and Metro; The Telegraph Media Group; MGN, the publisher of the Daily Mirror; and the publisher of the Daily Express apologised to Farid Boukemiche, 40. Some reports said he was on trial in France in January 2011 for associating with a known terrorist organisation and for financing terrorism. Others alleged he was a ‘gangster’ accused of carrying out robberies or had admitted to robbery.

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In referring to the killing of Osama Bin Laden, the Los Angeles Times commits an Osama/Obama error:

Bin Laden: A May 3 column by Doyle McManus referred to “the anniversary of Obama’s death.” That phrase should have read “the anniversary of [Osama] Bin Laden’s death.”

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This Slate “Mad Men” correction is not suitable for children:

In an April 30 “TV Club,” Julia Turner misstated when Sally Draper ate the fish in Mad Men. It was before she saw the blow job.

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