I know corrections are painful. I’ve endured them. My editor at CJR had to affix a correction to a recent story I wrote about, ahem, journalistic corrections. I incorrectly wrote that the Voice of America website didn’t state its online corrections policy. It was there, I just missed it. A VOA rep posted a comment beneath my story highlighting the mistake, I contacted my editor, and the error was righted before the close of business.
Rather than treating the correction request as a personal affront, I admitted the mistake, fixed it, and moved on. I really don’t have time to unnecessarily fight readers on matters of obvious factual accuracy (nor should I). And I thought most other journalists didn’t, either.