After several corrections related to math errors, the Globe and Mail’s public editor Sylvia Stead called for reporters to double check “every name and number,” and “use common sense” in reporting.
For example, one article said “Of the 4,963 Canadians involved, only 2,210 returned to England; 1,946 were taken prisoner and 913 were killed.” The numbers don’t match, as the Globe and Mail’s tally was 5069, not 4,963.
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Related to a correction that fixed an inaccurate claim that “there were 10 million Jews living in New York City in the 1920s,” Stead reminded: “If that seems high to you, it should be checked. Same with the duelling salary figures.”