Worried that the image might incite some to pursue vigilante justice against the notorious criminal, the paper stopped the presses and sent people on motorbikes to buy back copies from newsstands.

Editorial copy isn’t the only potential cause for a recall. Also in 2005, 200,000 copies of YM Your Prom magazine were pulled from newsstands after two ads for prom dresses mistakenly directed readers to a child porn website. (Over 400,000 copies of the magazine had already been sold.) Yet the exact same ads also appeared in Hearst’s Teen Prom, and the publisher chose to leave them on shelves.

So which publisher was the apostate in that scenario?


Correction of the Week

“In ‘The entourage’ section of ‘UK clears its decks for the Obama show’ (News, last week), we said representatives of ‘the Immigration and Naturalisation Service’ (INS) and ‘the US Information Agency’ (USIA) would accompany President Obama on his European tour. The USIA was closed in October 1999 when its information functions were incorporated into the State Department and its broadcasting services consolidated into the Broadcasting Board of Governors. The INS ceased to exist in March 2003 with most of its functions transferring to the Department of Homeland Security.” – The Observer U.K.

All The Governor’s Men

“A page-one headline in yesterday’s Herald that characterized four people who landed high-paying agency posts as ‘pals’ of Gov. Patrick should have described them as staffers in his administration.” – Boston Herald

Parting Shot

“The Canadian Press moved a story April 3 that erroneously reported The Wilkins Ice Shelf was originally part of Jamaica. In fact the Ice Shelf, located on the western side of the Antarctic was originally the size of Jamaica.” – Canadian Press

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.