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1/1/2010

L.A. Times Issues Months-Overdue Correction on Quote from Anti-ACORN Activist James O’Keefe

Filed under: Dog Trainer — Patterico @ 11:44 am

2010. One day down, one correction from the L.A. Times obtained:

ACORN: An article in Section A on Sept. 19 about the individuals whose video sting prompted the ACORN scandal incorrectly said one of them had targeted the community activist group because its voter registration drives bring Latinos and African Americans to the polls. Although the organization registers people mostly from those groups, James E. O’Keefe did not specifically mention them. The article was first published in the Washington Post, which published a correction on Sept. 22. The Times had overlooked the correction.

This error was highlighted in my Year in Review post published last night. The correction is the same dishonest correction published in the Washington Post, with the weasel word “specifically” inserted to obscure the fact that O’Keefe did not mention blacks or Latinos at all.

So it’s a dishonest correction, arriving several months late.

Other than that, great job, guys!

P.S. They still have yet to correct the alleged O’Keefe quote fabricated by James Rainey. I’m not holding my breath for that one.

17 Responses to “L.A. Times Issues Months-Overdue Correction on Quote from Anti-ACORN Activist James O’Keefe”

  1. I am specifically underwhelmed! How long will newspapers last anyway? The paper they are printed on is no longer of sufficient quality for bird cages even.

    dfbaskwill (c021f2)

  2. Why are the dinosaur media quickly going the way of the dodo? Well, it couldn’t be the dishonesty, knee-jerk partisanship and failure to get even basic facts correctly. Nope. That couldn’t be it at all.

    KingShamus (fb8597)

  3. They still list Jamie Gold as readers’ rep.

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (9eb641)

  4. So… it’s one day down, one additional correction now owed.

    I wish someone would scrutinize the New York Times this way.

    Alan (07ccb5)

  5. I give the LA Times a “B+” grade for 2009.

    aunursa (1ca021)

  6. Rainey seems to be dead from the neck up.

    tino manus (9d1bb3)

  7. “They still list Jamie Gold as readers’ rep.”

    That is who I exchanged emails with when I’d asked for the corrections re: the WP article and Rainey’s wankerisms.

    GeneralMalaise (68a574)

  8. The New York Times has a “history” going back to the 1930′s of “slanting” the news. However, in the early days, they were not J majors and therefore were both better informed and educated.

    The old trick was to “bury” in the middle of a long article the information that they wanted to keep from the public while appearing to print “all the news fit to print.”

    My sixth grade teacher, in 1949, showed us how to read the Times.

    Firat, she told us that most readers do not have the time to read every word in an article. The average reader will read the first few paragraphs, skim over the middle paragraphs and read the last few paragraphs.

    If the writer wants to mislead the reader, contrary information will be placed in the middle of the article with nothing to “flag’ the reader’s attention. We could get a higher grade for every example of “hiding information” we could point out in class.

    Now, the J majors in both the New York Times and the Los Angeles “dog trainer” just omit unpleasant information. Theey have no respect for the intelligence of their audience.

    longwalker (798ff9)

  9. Longwalker: Which paper do you think is the worse?

    Alan (07ccb5)

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