iMediaEthics’ latest round-up of amusing or noteworthy corrections in the media begins below:
1.Not drunk at the airport?
The Sun said the father of a TV host was drunk at the airport. He was not drunk. He was not even at the airport.
The May 23 correction:
“In article on 1 March 2019 on an incident at Gatwick Airport shortly before Billy Faier’s wedding wrongly stated that Lee Faiers was too drunk to get on the plane. In fact, Lee Faiers was not at the airport and was not drunk. We apologise for any embarrassment caused by our error.”
2. NPR mixed up Botswana and Zimbabwe in a map recently.
The May 15 correction:
“The labels for Botswana and Zimbabwe were mistakenly transposed in a previous version of the map. Also, in an earlier version of this story, the organization ICAP was referred to by its former name, the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs.”
3. Canada didn’t support the war in Iraq.
A May 20 New York Times correction:
“An article on Thursday about Iraq’s concerns about another war with the United States referred incorrectly to Canada’s support for the Bush administration’s decision to invade Iraq in 2003. While Canada was a close ally during the Bush administration, it did not support the war in Iraq.”
4. Royal titles can be confusing….
NPR learned that lesson in a May 8 photo album about the new royal baby, Archie. The May 8 correction reads:
“A previous caption on this story incorrectly said that Elizabeth II’s husband, Phillip, did not have the title Duke of Edinburgh in 1950. He received that title when they were married in 1947. In addition, another caption called Prince Charles’ then-wife, Diana, Duchess of Wales. Her title was Princess of Wales.”