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iMediaEthics’ latest roundup of corrections includes errors on hate speech, the El Paso gunman, skin cancer and more.

1.Hate speech.

In a news story on hate speech on the internet, the New York Times mixed up some legal information. Law & Crime has more on the details, but the Aug. 6 New York Times correction reads:

“An earlier version of this article incorrectly described the law that protects hate speech on the internet. The First Amendment, not Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, protects it.”

2. NPR erred in reporting on the manifesto of the alleged El Paso shooter. The NPR August 4 correction reads:

“An earlier version of this story said the shooting suspect’s screed was 2,300 pages long. It was actually 2,300 words long.”

3. President of the country or a music festival?

Well, this is an demotion by a news outlet. The Guardian called the new Latvian president the president of a music festival.

The Guardian’s July 29 correction:

“Due to an editing error an article mistakenly referred to the new president of Latvia, Egils Levits, as the president of the country’s Riga Jurmala music festival (Harmony in Latvia, 26 July, page 33).”

4. Skin cancer facts.

A New York Times July 27 correction:

“An article on Page 16 about sunscreens described melanoma incorrectly. It is not the most common form of skin cancer; it is the most lethal. Basal-cell carcinoma is the most common type.”

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