The airing of errors


First: 1,000,000 hat tips to DCist on this one. They were way ahead of me when they highlighted this correction on TBD’s site. But I’m going to write about it anyway.

At the very beginning of the process of explaining what it all means, we incorrectly stated that today was Tuesday. Today is Wednesday. We regret the error.

Atta boy George! From Huffington Post.

Atta boy George! From Huffington Post.

These type of errors happen often; it is easy to make this mistake, as days of the week are not the type of thing an editor fact checks. On top of that, editing an article strictly on a computer screen is much more difficult than getting “proofs” of each section before they are finalized for print like most newspapers do. I often print out articles and edit them one last time before I send them in; for whatever reason, you see things from a different angle once the words on paper.

I appreciate all the hard work the people at TBD are doing; but let’s be real, this correction is pretty funny. Still, good on them for being upfront about this error. This would be an easy one to sweep under the rug: No one’s name is misspelled, a politician wasn’t misquoted, a number wasn’t wrong. The commenters weren’t on TBD either, which will often force a publication’s hand once there is a written record of the error. But instead of just surreptitiously switching out a word, TBD was upfront, just like a legitimate news source should be.

The language IS kind of funny in the correction though. What is the “process of explaining what it all means?” Even after reading this correction, I’m still find myself asking, “What does it all mean?” Perhaps TBD can explain what “explaining it all means” means next.

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