Patterico's Pontifications

7/2/2005

The Wrong Way to Correct Mistakes

Filed under: Dog Trainer — Patterico @ 8:35 pm



I wrote an entire op-ed on how the L.A. Times should correct important mistakes. Suffice it to say that this isn’t the right way. (Via Mickey.)

2 Responses to “The Wrong Way to Correct Mistakes”

  1. Hasn’t the L.A. Times had enough? How can they keep blowing these things? I don’t visit this site every day, but when I do, I always find some other way they’ve screwed up. You would think the simple humiliation of constantly being shown up (by an admittedly very capable) one man operation would get them to straighten up and fly right. I mean, I don’t work for the paper, but even I’m humiliated for them. It makes my brain hurt trying to comprehend what exactly they’re thinking. Or maybe my mistake is in assuming they are thinking at all. Keep up the good work; I don’t know how you can stand it.

    Lord Floppington (ee9fe2)

  2. Now when I read the next day’s cover-up, I mean, follow-up story, I have to admit that I was confused as hell as to what had actually happened. And guess what – that was the whole point! To keep us from realizing that they had pulled a Mitch Albom.

    However, there is a big difference between when Albom did and the LA Times is trying to pull off. All Mitch Albom did was to write a story in advance (due to the deadlines of his column) about a game he did not attend in which two players were going to be in the stands, but ended up not attending.

    That, however, had no impact on the real story that was being told.

    Here, though, the LA Times wrote a story on a front page event – and then got the facts totally wrong since the reporters – presumably – not only did not bother to attend the meeting, but also – apparently – never bothered to follow up with interviews after the meeting.

    And yet not only will the LA Times not apologize for this error – they won’t even admit it!

    Brady Westwater (72f6df)


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