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Much Ado About One Correction

When are the media going to stop wringing their hands over this stupid correction in the Washington Post? Howard Kurtz writes:

On Sept. 4, the paper cited the “senior Bush official” as saying that as of the day before, Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco “still had not declared a state of emergency.” As The Post noted in a correction, Blanco, a Democrat, had declared a state of emergency on Aug. 26… [snip]
Should the paper identify the source who provided bad information? “We don’t blow sources, period, especially if we don’t have reason to believe the source in this case actually lied deliberately,” Hsu says.

There was outrage. There were calls for the Post to reveal the unnamed source who passed along the bunk information, which was easily verfiable. I’m no fan of anonymous sources, but really — enough already. Where was the outrage when the New York Times falsely accused the Pentagon of defying a court order? Isn’t that kind of a bigger deal?

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