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.