The UK Sunday Times tweeted an apology to former deputy prime minister John Prescott for incorrectly quoting him, The Guardian reported. According to the Times, the error was a result of a production glitch. But, the apology is not good enough, Prescott says. Prescott is calling for a retraction on the front page of the Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper.
The article reportedly claims Prescott told “friends” that “it is only early days, but it has not been a great start” for Labour leader Ed Miliband. (Because the Sunday Times is behind a paywall, StinkyJournalism cannot verify this.)
Prescott responded via Twitter claiming it is “Typical of Murdoch newspaper to blame a production worker, not the journalist.” Prescott also alleged that the quote was “made up” and not just misattributed.
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According to The Guardian, Prescott is “a potential victim of phone hacking” from the News of the World, which is also owned by Murdoch.