Losing all credibility

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on January 11, 2010

In a post last month I mistakenly identified the incorrect state for Rep. Mike Pence. A couple of commenters – who apparently came here from a left-leaning site – claimed that the mistake proved I had “lost all credibility” and conveniently ignored the larger point of the post.

I quickly – and accurately – corrected my mistake.

For the record: Here’s how the eminently more credible New York Times corrects a correction.

An article on Dec. 27 about the death of Edward M. Kennedy in August referred incorrectly to the assassination of his brother President John F. Kennedy, and a correction in this space last Sunday erroneously corrected the length of his tenure in the Senate. The president was assassinated in 1963, the year after Edward Kennedy was elected to the Senate — not the same year. And as the article correctly reported, Senator Kennedy served 46 years — not 47 as the correction said. (The correction also erred in stating that the length of tenure was incorrect in Mr. Kennedy’s obituary, in two other articles on Aug. 27 and Aug. 28 and in an editorial on Aug. 28. All four correctly reported the tenure as 46 years.) (Go to Article)

If my mistake loses myself “all credibility,” then what do these whoppers do for the NYT?

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