iMediaEthics’ latest roundup of amusing or noteworthy corrections include a reversed photo of rockstars, a Boris Johnson misquote, a mistake about eating disorders, and gender errors in a story on gender bias.
1. Keith Richards, John Lennon and Eric Clapton
NPR reversed a photo of musicians Keith Richards, John Lennon and Eric Clapton, making them look left-handed.. The July 26 NPR correction:
“Because of a production error, in a previous version of this report the photo of Keith Richards, John Lennon and Eric Clapton was reversed and made it appear as if they were left-handed guitarists.
2. Who is losing their shirts?
The New York Times misquoted new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, to say wrongly that he said people who “bet against Brexit are going to lose their shirts.”
A New York Times July 25 correction:
“An article on Thursday about Boris Johnson’s first moments as prime minister of Britain misquoted Mr. Johnson. He said, “The people who bet against Britain are going to lose their shirts,” not “The people who bet against Brexit are going to lose their shirts.”
3. Eating Disorders:
There are many types of eating disorders, but a Guardian story wrongly said you have to have a calorie deficit to have an eating disorder. The July 25 Guardian correction:
“• An article on muscle dysmorphia wrongly stated that a person must be in calorie deficit to be diagnosed with an eating disorder (Gym, eat, repeat, 17 July, page 6, G2).”
4. The New York Times published an essay about gender bias and space exploration, but got some gender facts wrong in its report.
The Times’ July 17 essay was headlined, “To Make it to the Moon, Women have to escape Earth’s Gender Bias.” It now carries this correction:
“An essay about gender bias in American space exploration misstated the genders of people involved in testing of the SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule. The testing included both men and women, not only men. It also incorrectly stated that an astronaut had completed a spacewalk. Cady Coleman qualified for a spacewalk, she did not perform one.”
For more on the correction, check out Mediaite’s report.