CBS Issues O’Keefe Correction — There’s Just One, Er, Two Problems . . .; UPDATED: CBS Editor Responds
Yesterday morning I noted that CBS News (and the L.A. Times) owed corrections to James O’Keefe, for saying that he was accused of trying to “bug” Mary Landrieu’s phone. Instapundit linked, focusing attention on the error and putting pressure on CBS News.
CBS News has now corrected.
I received this e-mail this afternoon:
Good afternoon — I just wanted to let you know we corrected the headline on the James O’Keefe story and video earlier today.
CBSNews.com Politics Editor
Well, that’s very up-front. Now let’s take a look at the pages themselves.
Here’s the original for one of the links, found here. The bottom now contains this correction:
*Correction: The headline and subhead of this story initially referrred to the suspects as attempting a “phone bug.” They have been changed to reflect the fact that the men have been accused of tampering, not bugging.
Sure enough, here is the original:
Here’s how that looks now:
It now says “Tampering Suspects” instead of “Phone Bug Suspects.” Good.
Let’s look at the other link, here:
This is more of a stealth correction. There is no acknowledgment of the initial error.
Worse, it’s still wrong. Let’s look at that close-up again. What was that pesky little word at the bottom that still remains?
Nope. They’re not “phone bug suspects.”
That last graphic is courtesy of Retracto, the Correction Alpaca, who is still demanding a retraction.
The wooly guy’s right. I sent Mr. Hechtkopf an e-mail asking for the last “bug” to be squished.
I’ll keep you informed.
UPDATE: Mr. Hechtkopf has responded to my e-mail:
That headline should have updated when we updated the story it links to. I don’t know why it didn’t and can’t fix it from here, but I will look into it tomorrow.
That actually sounds reasonable. I thank Mr. Hechtkopf for the reply.
UPDATE x2: The error has now been fully corrected.