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Regret the Error

Craig Silverman reports on trends and issues regarding media accuracy and the discipline of verification.Stories about errors, corrections, fact checking and verification

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Correction: Footage was of satanic hippies, not cop's family

This East Bay Express article by Zoe Brezsny ran in April (thank you @IMGoph for pointing it out), but this correction is to good to be ignored over mere timeliness: Correction: The original version of this story incorrectly stated that in Black Hole Cinema's program "Adventures Close to Home," footage of a cop and his family were juxtaposed … Read More
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Times public editor calls Joe Nocera column 'intrinsically flawed,' calls for more than a correction

New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan has weighed in on a dispute between two heavyweights. In one corner is high-profile Times columnist Joe Nocera. In the other, billionaire investor Warren Buffett. In the end, she sides with Buffett, writing that a Nocera column about Buffett is "so intrinsically flawed, a standard correction didn’t get the job done." … Read More
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NPR corrects: Blame cow belches, not cow farts

An NPR story ended up on the wrong end of cows and their contribution to greenhouse gas emissions: An earlier version of this story said that the methane emissions associated with livestock come from their farts. In fact, most of those methane emissions come from belches. Hat tip to Jonathan Eisen … Read More
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Publications aim to make debunking as popular as fake images

Adrienne LaFrance and Matt Novak live in different cities and write for different sites in the Gawker Media network. LaFrance is a freelancer who contributes to several other publications. Novak works full-time on his blog, Paleofuture, which is part of Gizmodo. She often writes about tech and media. He writes about past visions of the future. Despite the differences, … Read More
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Correction: Argument was over dogs, not drugs

This correction from the U.K.'s Ayrshire Post was probably long awaited by one Mr. William Scott: This is just a brilliant correction courtesy of the Ayrshire Post #woofwoof pic.twitter.com/S7ZHKB1RDH — John Duncan (@livvyjohn) April 3, 2014   … Read More
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Rejoice! Gawker's King Max rejects the strikethrough correction with good reason

Max Read recently took over as the editor of Gawker and — drunk with power — he laid down the law regarding corrections. In a memo blogged by Poynter's Andrew Beaujon, Read's new policy is notable for what it tells writers not to do: For corrections, rather than strikethrough, change the wording and link from there to a comment noting the … Read More
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Why the press can't help but speculate about the missing Malaysia Airlines flight

Did you hear? A piece of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 was spotted by the Vietnamese Navy. The plane made an emergency landing in Nanning, China. It may be in North Korea. Or taken over by Iranian terrorists. No, it just completely vanished. If you want to know how much people are thinking and obsessing … Read More
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