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1.Tons or pounds? A recent New York Times correction:

“An article on Friday about Blue Origin’s new moon lander misstated the amount the cargo version of the spacecraft could land on the moon. It could land 8,000 pounds, not tons.”

2. NPR wrongly reported that Julian Assange was charged with rape and sexual misconduct in Sweden. As iMediaEthics has reported in detail, Assange was never charged with sexual misconduct or rape; Assange was wanted in Sweden for questioning regarding allegations. Numerous news outlets misreported that he was in fact charged.

The NPR May 2 correction reads:

“A previous version of this story incorrectly said Julian Assange was wanted on charges of rape and sexual misconduct in Sweden. Assange was not charged. Swedish investigators had wanted to question him about allegations of rape and sexual misconduct in an investigation that was dropped in 2017.”

3. Louis Farrakhan not far-right.

The Washington Post reported on Facebook banning several “extremist leaders” like Alex Jones, but incorrectly labeled Louis Farrakhan as far-right.

A correction on a May 2 Washington Post article:

Correction: Louis Farrakhan is an extremist leader who has espoused anti-Semitic views. An earlier version of this story and headline incorrectly included him in a list of far-right leaders.

Hat Tip: Mediaite

4. Stun gun or Sten Gun?

NPR mixed up a stun gun and a Sten gun, a British submachine gun, in a report on sex therapist Dr. Ruth.

An NPR correction reads:

“An earlier version of this story stated that Ruth Westheimer is seen in a documentary putting together a stun gun. She is putting together a Sten gun.”

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Corrections: Assange not charged with rape, Stun guns, Louis Farrakhan

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