“The quote is not going to have the same life it had before,” he told me.

If that turns out to be true, he and his colleagues in the media watchdog business can chalk this one up as a victory. And then move on to their next correction request.

“The most encouraging thing is when we interact with editors at big and small papers and bring up an issue they say ‘thank you’,” he said. “I think a paper that runs corrections and tries to investigate complaints is really doing themselves a favor because it’s their reputation for accuracy that’s at play here.”

There’s a quote that bears repeating.

Correction of the Week

“A sub-headline on page one of last Tuesday’s Herald stated that Attorney General Martha Coakley broomed a conflict-of-interest investigation involving Suffolk University before accepting an honorary law degree from the school. The accompanying story reported that Coakley’s office had obtained concessions from Suffolk while concluding there were no illegalities committed in the case. The Herald regrets any confusion caused by the use of the term “broom.’” – Boston Herald

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Craig Silverman is the editor of RegretTheError.com and the author of Regret The Error: How Media Mistakes Pollute the Press and Imperil Free Speech. He is also the editorial director of OpenFile.ca and a columnist for the Toronto Star.