Sometimes The Correction Is Better Than The Error...
To err is human... To print a correction, that takes the media... And where the correction just makes the story that much more interesting? That is where Regret The Error comes in... This web site is a cornucopia of mistakes, typos, and the corrections that followed from the media worldwide, both printed and online... And this being New Year's Eve, what better way to see what 2006 wrought than to see how the stories covering it were corrected... Here are some highlights from Regret The Error's Crunks 2006 list:
- A correction from The Sun (U.K.):Following our article on Princess Eugenie’s birthday celebrations, we have been asked to point out the party was closely monitored by adults throughout and while a small amount of mess was cleared away at the end of the evening, there was no damage to furniture, no revellers dived into bedrooms in search of drunken romps and to describe the house as being trashed was incorrect. We are happy to make this clear and regret any distress our report caused.
- The Chicago Tribune ran this correction:An editorial in Friday’s paper incorrectly stated that Florida Cresswell, a candidate for state representative in the 28th District, was convicted in 1999 of battery and stealing Tupperware. In fact he was convicted of stealing a battery from a van as well as Tupperware that was inside the van.
- Reuters had a bad year for typos, publishing both a story on a recall of beef panties as well as a story on Queen Elizabeth's egg laying ability... The best part being the number of news sites that picked up the stories and printed them without corrections!
- If you like to cook, you might want to read the instructions more carefully after seeing this correction from the Daily Press of Newport News, Virginia:A correction in this column Thursday about a June 14 Taste section recipe for French coconut pie incorrectly suggested that the recipe called for a pint of vodka. The accompanying recipe for homemade vanilla extract uses the vodka. The pie recipe then calls for one tablespoon of extract.If you read the comments to the story, you also find the editor thinks rum would go better with coconut pie!
- And to add insult to injury, we have the Hartford Courant:Chad Sinanian of Danbury has a mild brain injury with motor coordination problems, and he is an advocate on behalf of people with mental retardation. But he is not mentally retarded, as was incorrectly stated in a story on Page 1 Sunday.
Happy New Year!