Wall Street Journal attributes imaginary quote to Morgan Stanley executive

This is the kind of correction that leaves me wondering how the mistake occurred:

The Wall Street Journal didn't ask Paul Taubman, co-president of institutional securities at Morgan Stanley, for his opinion of Susie Essman's performance at the UJA-Federation of New York's annual Wall Street Dinner on Wednesday. On Monday, Mr. Taubman declined to comment on the performance. An article on Saturday's Heard & Scene page incorrectly said Mr. Taubman called the performance "refreshing."

I emailed reporter Mike Vilensky on Tuesday (and followed up again on Wednesday) to ask for background on the mistake. I'll update if I hear back from him. The corrected story is here (sub req'd).

  • Craig Silverman

    Craig Silverman (craig@craigsilverman.ca) is an award-winning journalist and the founder of Regret the Error, a blog that reports on media errors and corrections, and trends regarding accuracy and verification.

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