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12/18/2008

Chuck Philips Earns “Error of the Year” Award

Filed under: Dog Trainer — Patterico @ 6:27 pm

Regret the Error, a web site that monitors interesting or unusual corrections, awards its “Error of the Year” award to Chuck Philips for his story on the 1994 shooting of Tupac Shakur:

Roughly a week after the story was published, The Smoking Gun tore it to shreds. The site reported that, among other deficiencies in the story, the “FBI documents” obtained by the Times via Sabatino were forged. The accusations leveled in the story against Combs and his associates were false, not to mention defamatory.

On March 27, the day after the Smoking Gun published its report, the Times apologized for its reporting.

Even Mary Mapes made fun of Philips.

Congratulations to Philips for this dubious distinction, which is only slightly less prestigious than his Pulitzer.

Thanks to PatHMV.

7 Comments

  1. Philips’ journalism credo is right out of Hollywood’s ‘Shinebone Star’-

    ‘When the legend become fact, print the legend.’

    Comment by DCSCA (d8da01) — 12/18/2008 @ 7:02 pm

  2. Philips’ journalism credo is right out of Hollywood’s ‘Shinebone Star’-

    ‘When the legends become fact, print the legend.’

    Comment by DCSCA (d8da01) — 12/18/2008 @ 7:03 pm

  3. Walter Duranty won a Pulitzer, too.

    Comment by Official Internet Data Office (bb7744) — 12/18/2008 @ 7:39 pm

  4. . . . slightly less prestigious than his Pulitzer.

    Since they have the IgNobel Prizes for achievements in dubious science, should they start the Putz-ler Prizes for horrid journalism?

    Comment by JVW (bff0a4) — 12/18/2008 @ 8:34 pm

  5. That’s “Shinbone”.

    Comment by Another Drew (b7b852) — 12/18/2008 @ 9:11 pm

  6. Is there an asshole of the year award? if so, you should definitely win it.

    Your racist rants reflect poorly on the DAs office. They should be questioned about race bias in your prosecution so we can see what you’re really all about. Cheer, An angelina

    Comment by A. (6f77e0) — 12/19/2008 @ 10:35 pm

  7. A is really JD in disguise – Racists!

    Comment by Apogee (366e8b) — 12/19/2008 @ 11:08 pm

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