That corrections policy

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It’s probably gone under the radar for the past few days because too many people, including yours truly, have long ago come to the conclusion that New York Times public editor Byron Calame is an even more ineffectual advocate than his oft-derided predecessor, Daniel Okrent.

So, imagine my surprise when I checked Calame’s Web Journal today.

The current policy on correcting errors on the editorial and Op-Ed pages seemed clear when Gail Collins, the editorial page editor, announced it almost a year ago. Her declaration published on Oct. 2, 2005, stated: “We correct all errors, from heart-stoppingly egregious to sublimely insignificant, because we believe that The Times should take its reputation for accuracy seriously.”

While there have been corrections published during the past year, resistance remains. Two clear-cut errors in editorials and a mistake in an Op-Ed article have remained uncorrected for months. Each of the two errors in editorials has been brought to the attention of the deputy editorial page editor in at least three e-mails from me over the past four months.

And guess what. They’ve basically told Calame to pound sand. This, of course, comes as no surprise to me, because I too have failed to get the Times editorial page to publish a correction after repeated attempts.

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