So, no, this will not be a seven-part investigative series. By the end of the column, the massive failures of the existing process give way to blue sky talk about how the paper will renew its contract with readers.
“As new and faster forms of disseminating information become popular — live Tweets from events, for example — we owe it to our audiences to … make sure we are delivering fast and accurate information,” said one Post editor, “and also a way to promptly correct errors.”
A lovely sentiment, to be sure. But, as the Post has demonstrated, comforting words don’t constitute a working correction process.
Correction of the Week
“The March 18 story “Just How Bad Off Is the Republican Party (Part 2)?” originally stated that Kansas Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson would not be running for governor in 2010 because of questions about a relationship with an aide. In fact, Parkinson is not running so that he can tend to his family business. A researcher confused Parkinson with former Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison, who left office in 2008 because of a sex scandal. The story has been corrected. Salon regrets the error.” – Salon.com
Death By Media
“The story incorrectly referred to ‘the late Joan Didion.’ Joan Didion has not died.” – NPR
“Green gaffe: There’s little doubt eco-warriors love a good chat as much as a tree hug, but our digitally dyslexic reporter’s creation of a new organisation was a revelation for verbose greenies (Recycling record comes under fire, page 18, March 23). It is more apt, of course, to discuss recycling with the Conservation Council than with the loquacious Conversation Council.” – The West Australian