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Craig Silverman reports on trends and issues regarding media accuracy and the discipline of verification.Stories about errors, corrections, fact checking and verification
Daily Mail apologizes for suggesting man was jailed for wishing son happy birthday
"We apologise for suggesting otherwise."
Slate's top error-spotter delivers another great correction
"Aragorn is three-fourths human and one-fourth elf. Arwen is 3/16 human, 25/32 elf, and 1/32 Maia."
Haaretz corrects: Bugs Bunny and Porky Pig are not enemies
"While the two are known to frequently squabble"...
Video, verification, value: Why News Corp's purchase of Storyful deserves your attention
Licensing viral and newsworthy video is a key source of revenue.
Britain's Sun apologizes for calling politician on maternity leave 'lazy'
The best and worst media errors and corrections in 2013
Error of the Year: '60 Minutes' Benghazi report As is often the case with Error of the Year, the award is given partly because of the mistake itself, and partly because of the mistake's fallout. In late October “60 Minutes” aired a report that called into question the official version of what happened when the U.S. diplomatic compound was …
Time corrects: Pope Francis did not reject church dogma
It's almost, er, time for Time to unveil its Person of the Year. One of the contenders is Pope Francis, who is featured in a slideshow from the magazine: The text above the slide notes, "The first Jesuit Pontiff won hearts and headlines with his common touch and rejection of luxury." But that's not what it initially said, …
AP quotes fake Instagram account in Paul Walker obit
The Associated Press quoted a fake Vin Diesel Instagram account in an obit for actor Paul Walker: In a Dec. 1 obituary for Paul Walker, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Walker's "Fast & Furious" co-star Vin Diesel reacted to Walker's death in a message on Instagram. The account that was quoted is a fake and does not represent Diesel, …
Paper admits story was 'wrong in its entirety'
Good to see such a blunt admission.
150 years later, paper retracts its editorial about the 'silly' Gettysburg address
In 1863, the Harrisburg, Pa. paper then known as the Patriot & Union published an editorial about Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. They panned it: We pass over the silly remarks of the President. For the credit of the nation we are willing that the veil of oblivion shall be dropped over them and that they shall be no more repeated or …
Alan Rusbridger says New Yorker got his dog's name wrong
Always get the name of the dog.
Guardian error demotes, enlarges Chris Christie
First things first, he's not a mayor.
How the '60 Minutes' Benghazi debacle is similar, different than Rathergate
A lying source, a failure to properly vet him, and critical information that turned out to be unsupportable. That appears to be the core of the "60 Minutes" Benghazi debacle that led to an on-air apology from correspondent Lara Logan and will be followed by another one on tonight's broadcast. It's also a summary of events that could …
Daily Mail wrongly accuses former British leader of claiming 'personal expenses'
This Daily Mail correction is attracting quite a bit of attention due to the original, false accusation made against former British prime minister Gordon Brown: An article on Monday said that in the past three and a half years Gordon Brown had claimed more than £316,000 in salary and ‘personal expenses’ such as water bills, airfares and petrol. This …
Suzanne Somers hates Obamacare, verifying quotations
Actress, ThighMaster pitchwoman and author Suzanne Somers published a post on a Wall Street Journal blog called The Experts that called the Affordable Care Act "a Socialist Ponzi Scheme." (It's right there in the headline!)
Somers goes on to voice her strong objections to Obamacare by citing cautionary examples from the Canadian health care system. (Disclosure: I'm Canadian, and the delivery of our second child one month ago resulted in a bill of $0 for the procedure.)
To bolster her argument, Somers' post originally included quotations attributed to famous people. They have since been been removed. I'll let the correction added to her post explain:
An earlier version of this post contained a quotation attributed to Lenin (“Socialized medicine is the keystone to the arch of the socialist state”) that has been widely disputed. And it included a quotation attributed to Churchill (“Control your citizens’ health care and you control your citizens“) that the Journal has been unable to confirm.