The Todd Akin of Newspapers: A doozy of a correction from the Chicago Tribune

Posted by on Jan 25, 2013 at 12:49 pm

This week the Chicago Tribune tried the same trick, publishing a 526-word correction, signed by the delightfully named Joe Knowles, an associate managing editor, and titled “More Detail on Assault Weapon Graphic Correction.” Since the subject matter is of interest to this columnist, we shall not ignore the Trib’s correction. But since it too is too long to quote in full, we’ll have to subject it to withering analytical scrutiny instead.

“Guns are a sensitive topic, especially now,” Knowles begins, “and a graphic we ran on Page 18 of the Friday, Jan. 18, paper failed to account properly for that sensitivity.” The graphic was headlined “Just What Is an ‘Assault Weapon’?” The real problem with it wasn’t that it was insensitive but that it contained a multitude of factual errors.

“We mistakenly labeled the gun’s sling attachment as a mount for a bayonet or grenade launcher,” Knowles confesses, calling it “a blatant and inexcusable labeling error.” They also gave misleading descriptions of a bayonet and a flash suppressor.

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