iMediaEthics’ latest round-up of amusing or noteworthy corrections begins below:
1.Beto O’Rourke is not a native Spanish speaker.
The Associated Press reported March 31 that Democratical presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke spoke “in his native Spanish,” but O’Rourke isn’t a native Spanish speaker.
The Associated Press’s April 1 correction:
“EL PASO, Texas (AP) — In a story March 31 about a Beto O’Rourke campaign rally, The Associated Press reported erroneously that O’Rourke spoke to a rally in his native Spanish. O’Rourke is not a native Spanish speaker.”
2. Sue Perkins not fired.
The UK Sun reported that Sue Perkins was fired from a hosting gig, but she wasn’t. The Sun’s April 4 apology reads:
“AN article yesterday reported that Sue Perkins had been fired as host of the TV BAFTA Awards. We are happy to make clear that she was not fired, it was previously agreed that she would host while Graham Norton was away hosting Eurovision, and we apologise.”
3. Ben Shapiro isn’t alt-right.
The Economist called Ben Shapiro, who is critical of the alt-right movement, a member of the alt-right. That obviously doesn’t make sense. The Economist March 28 editor’s note and apology reads:
“Editor’s note (March 28th 2019): This article has been changed. A previous version mistakenly described Mr Shapiro as an “alt-right sage” and “a pop idol of the alt right”. In fact, he has been strongly critical of the alt-right movement. We apologise.”
4. Democrats hate the United States?
An NPR correction on an April podcast addressed what Rudy Giuliani thinks Democrats hate. The correction reads:
“In an earlier version of the audio, we incorrectly recapped Rudy Giuliani’s comment about Democrats. Giuliani said Democrats hate the current president of the United States. He did not say Democrats hate the United States.