Patterico's Pontifications

12/28/2007

Crab-Grass Blog Obtains Correction from Much-Respected, Widely Esteemed News Outlet — Nine Days After the Fact

Filed under: Dog Trainer,General — Patterico @ 8:53 am



With the lightning-quick speed characteristic of the fleet-footed Big Media, the L.A. Times today issues this correction:

Giuliani campaign: An article in Section A on Dec. 19 about the relatives of fallen New York firefighters who are opposing Rudolph W. Giuliani’s presidential bid said that another organization, Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, had been fined for “acting in concert” with 2004 Republican presidential efforts. The Federal Election Commission in 2006 concluded that the group “did not unlawfully coordinate its activities” with individual candidates or political parties. The Swift Boat organization was fined for failing to register as a political committee and for raising millions of dollars over the limits that apply to those committees.

I told you (and the L.A. Times Readers’ Representative) about this error nine days ago — the very day the article came out. I guess it took them nine days to read the link I sent them that spoon-fed them this correction.

Chalk up another victory for the crab-grass blogs.

4 Responses to “Crab-Grass Blog Obtains Correction from Much-Respected, Widely Esteemed News Outlet — Nine Days After the Fact”

  1. “Soon, the line separating quality journalism from utter hokum will be too blurry to discern.”

    David Lazarus

    Given the “quality reportage” debunked above, I guess we know on which side of that blurry line Mr. Braun falls.

    Bingo (747f20)

  2. they had to give the “fake but accurate” story time to sink in before they printed the hidden “correction”.

    not that i’m cynical, or anything… %-)

    redc1c4 (39c24a)

  3. This was a really easy one, too. They got it dead wrong, you called them on it, and… nine days? Maybe it had to go through the vaunted four layers of editors first.

    –JRM

    JRM (355c21)

  4. Still a one-sided correction: The Swiftboat Vets claimed that they had a good faith belief they were not a PAC and the FEC did not challenge this assertion. The FEC did not buy it, however, and fined them for not registering as a PAC and violating rules applying to donations to PAC’s.

    Why not just say that. Saying the SwiftVets raised “millions of dollars over the limits that apply to” PAC’s still implies that the SwiftVets did something underhanded, not just mistaken.

    JayHub (0a6237)


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