Check out iMediaEthics’ latest collection of corrections.
1. In a Sept. 18 article about ranch dressing, the New York Times mixed up the background of a Portland, Oregon pizzeria. The correction, which Times journalist Erin McCann dubbed “the most Portland of corrections,” read:
“Correction: An earlier version of this article misstated the origins of Ranch, a pizzeria in Portland, Ore. It started as a pop-up restaurant, not a food truck.”
2, Brazil’s Veja magazine published an eye-catching correction after claiming Eduardo Jorge, a political candidate, enjoys watching the movie Toy Story. In fact, as the correction acknowledges, “his real hobby is reading Tolstoy.” According to New York Times reporter Cleuci de Oliveira, who tweeted about the correction, it reads: “The candidate likes to spend his free time reading Tolstoy, and not watching Toy Story, as originally reported.” The article and correction were originally published in 2014 and is behind a paywall, but the correction circulated on Twitter this year.
A correction for the ages, by Brazilian news magazine Veja
"The candidate likes to spend his free time reading Tolstoy, and not watching Toy Story, as originally reported" https://t.co/qKcKbsyFYw
— Cleuci de Oliveira (@CLEUCl) September 7, 2018
UPDATE: Initial reports about McDonald’s offering a monster 48-piece chicken nugget bucket were sadly false, as it turns out the hype was just old news resurfacing from 2015. We apologize for getting this wrong, and we regret the error. “
The site Delish also fell for the older story and posted an update on Aug. 24 reading:
“Welp, our chicken nugget dreams have officially been dashed. Earlier this week, we reported on a bucket of McNuggets that was said to be coming to McDonald’s Japan restaurants, per Foodbeast and Joyscribe. This was unfortunately not accurate, as the 48-piece bucket was a limited-time-only promotion offered in 2015. Per a statement from McDonald’s, McDonald’s Japan is not currently running this promotion. We regret the error.”
4. The OUDaily wrongly used the word sexual assault instead of harassment. In a lengthy Sept. 20 apology and correction, the newspaper’s editor-in-chief wrote in part:
“On the front page of the Sept. 20 print edition of The Daily, there was text accompanying a headline with the words ‘sexual assault’ rather than ‘sexual harassment.’
“This was an egregious mistake and we would like to offer our apologies to the OU community, the members of the College of Fine Arts and Tom Orr for this error.
“The Daily prides itself on accuracy and professionalism, and we regret this mistake and the confusion it may cause.
“The front-page story itself is a round-up of news since the publishing of an original OU Daily article Sept. 17 with student allegations of sexual harassment against School of Drama professor Tom Orr. The information in the body of the Sept. 20 print story is accurate, as well as the information in the OU Daily articles online and previously in print.
“The Daily has reached out to the offices of Tom Orr, Dean of the College of Fine Arts Mary Margaret Holt and OU’s public affairs office to notify them of the error and apologize directly.
“We are collecting the print edition of our paper and bringing it to our newsroom to mitigate any damages. We will also be issuing a correction in the Sept. 24 print edition.
“If community members have questions or concerns, please send them to email@example.com.”